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.
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|