2014 Tattersall’s Tiara Field & Barriers – Cosmic & Steps Draw Well

The two likely favourites for Saturday’s Group 1 at Eagle Farm look to be Cosmic Endeavour and Steps In Time after the duo drew favourably in the Tattersall’s Tiara 2014 field and barriers.

Cosmic Endeavour

Cosmic Endeavour has drawn well for Saturday's 2014 Tattersall's Tiara. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Running as Brisbane Race 7 at 3:40pm, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) finishes off elite level racing down under for the season and has drawn a final field of 17 hopefuls.

One of the big winners in the Tattersall’s Tiara barrier draw this year was the Joe Pride-trained Steps In Time who will have her swansong race before retirement from gate two with Jim Cassidy in the saddle.

Cassidy has had just the one Tiara ride over the years, which he won, and is confident Danehill Dancer six-year-old Steps In Time has what it takes after a winning Warwick Farm trial last Friday by a big six lengths.

Winner of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) back in March, Steps In Time races for the first time since a failed effort in the mud when 13th to Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in Sydney on April 12.

Pride is confident that she can bounce back from that and she’ll likely be taken to the front by Cassidy like he did for their daring Coolmore effort.

One of her main dangers then looks to be the Gai Waterhouse-trained Cosmic Endeavour who drew ideally in barrier five with Tommy Berry back from Hong Kong for the ride.

Coming off back-to-back wins the Northern Meteor filly was last seen taking out he Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) here at Eagle Farm on June 7.

The Dane Ripper has produced three of the past 10 Tattersall’s Tiara winners, including Red Tracer who won the double 12 months ago.

Waterhouse has also accepted for Robert Sangster Stakes winner Driefontein who also has a lovely barrier three draw.

Damien Oliver rides the Fastnet Rock four-year-old who is out to improve on her second to their stable mate in the Dane Ripper last time out a fortnight ago.

Last year’s Tattersall’s Tiara winner Red Tracer meanwhile is back to defend her title looking to become the first dual winner of the fillies-and-mares’ classic since Bonanova (1999-2000).

Chris Waller’s daughter of Dane Shadow won the race last year on the back of a Dane Ripper victory and had the widest barrier (16 of 16) to overcome.

This year her lead-up isn’t quite as encouraging after her 10th to River Lad when caught wide in the Stradbroke Handicap from barrier 12 (of 18).

She’s drawn wide again here in barrier 14 giving her and jockey Nash Rawiller, who jumps off Driefontein to ride Waller’s dual Group 1 winner, plenty of work to do.

Waller has a trio of runners in the Tatt’s Tiara field this year too having also accepted for Catkins and She’s Clean.

Fifth in the race last year, Redoute’s Choice mare She’s Clean is also drawn wide in barrier 12 but the returning Catkins has come up with the inside alley.

Her Tiara lead-up was disrupted when injury ruled her out of the Dane Ripper meaning her last race was a sixth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 19.

She does run well fresh however with four wins and a second from five first-up starts and so is still very much in this, especially if the rain comes before the weekend as she’s undefeated on Heavy tracks (2-2-0-0).

Along with Cosmic Endeavour there are then three other last start winners in the mix this year including the Mick Price-trained Jazz Song.

The young Victorian three-year-old backed up from a fifth in the Queensland Guineas, beaten just 0.4 lengths, to win the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich last Saturday earning a Tiara call-up.

She’s suffered an early blow however coming up with the outside barrier for her maiden Group 1 assignment.

Also on the short seven day turnaround off the Gai Waterhouse classic is then runner-up Griante, the Good Journey filly also wide in barrier 15 with Steven Arnold in the saddle.

The other last start winners are then the Les Bridge-trained sprinter Avoid Lightning (barrier 11) who won the June Stakes over 1100m in the mud a fortnight ago in Sydney and Gerald Ryan’s Lord Mayor’s Cup champ Angel Of Mercy (barrier nine) stepping out for new owner Mr Yoshida for the first time.

See below for the full Tattersall’s Tiara 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.

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2014 Tattersall’s Tiara Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 7 (3:40pm) – 21/06/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x211x13030 RED TRACER Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 14 57kg 114
2 x416511072 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse Damian Browne 3 57kg 109
3 0x348x210x STEPS IN TIME Joseph Pride Jim Cassidy 2 57kg 111
4 312x11316x CATKINS Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 110
5 x540x51211 AVOID LIGHTNING Les Bridge Tim Clark 11 57kg 108
6 0x1312x335 PLATINUM ROCKER Simon A Miller Peter Knuckey 16 57kg 100
7 210×431881 ANGEL OF MERCY Gerald Ryan Timothy Bell 9 57kg 102
8 5034x60x45 SHE’S CLEAN Chris Waller Glen Boss 12 57kg 99
9 00312466×9 SCORPIO QUEEN Kris Lees Larry Cassidy 4 57kg 97
10 11x358x412 LONHSPRESSO Darren Weir Ben Melham 7 57kg 100
11 38×6226330 GIG Shawn Mathrick Dale Missen 6 57kg 89
12 0x227x8504 PERON John P Thompson Michael Cahill 8 57kg 98
13 5441215×36 MYAMIRA Rodney Northam Robert Thompson 10 57kg 90
14 4×16421311 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 5 55.5kg 104
15 121123×49 COSTA VIVA Jason Bridgman Vinnie Colgan 13 55.5kg 91
16 17×162551 JAZZ SONG Mick Price Jim Byrne 17 55.5kg 90
17 2×15221112 GRIANTE David Brideoake & David Feek Steven Arnold 15 55.5kg 84


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