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There has already been an early scratching from Saturday’s 2014 Tattersall’s Tiara field with a below par blood result ruling out young Victorian filly Griante from the final Group 1 of the season.
This morning Racing Queensland announced a 17-horse final field for the headline race at Eagle Farm on the weekend, the $500,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) for the fillies and mares.
There are now only 16 hopefuls still in the mix after co-trainer David Feek confirmed Mornington-based Good Journey three-year-old Griante had returned far from perfect blood reading.
“It wasn’t a bad blood picture, but enough for the vet to advise us to leave the Group 1 alone,” Feek, who trains in partnership with David Brideoake, told TVN this morning.
“We just felt that things are not 100 percent in all the boxes and to go into a Group 1 with what would have been an outsider you need everything 150 per cent and it’s not.”
A winner of four of her nine starts to date, including three on the trot in Melbourne during May, Griante was last seen running a close second behind Jazz Song in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich last Saturday.
“It’s very disappointing, extremely disappointing as she ran extremely well last week,” Feek added.
Mick Price’s Gai Waterhouse Classic winning Fastnet Rock filly Jazz Song meanwhile will back-up in the Tattersall’s Tira.
She’s got form around some nice types this season, including a fifth to subsequent Stradbroke Handicap third placegetter Srikandi two back, and will jump from the outside barrier on Saturday with Jim Byrne in the saddle.
Griante meanwhile was also drawn wide with barrier 15 meaning Jazz Song comes into 16 and the Simon Miller-trained Group 1 Perth performer Platinum Rocker comes into 15 in the Tattersall’s Tiara barriers.
Feek said Griante would be sent for a spell in Queensland after their stablemate High Aims runs in the $200,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) on the Sunshine Coast Saturday week.
She will then prepare for a late spring return back in Melbourne with connections only looking at a light campaign with her.
“We will just freshen slightly and bring her back,” Feek said.
“We’ll feel our way, we’re not going to throw her in the deep end down here (in Melbourne).
“We will bring her back into work with no particular target, whether she appears at the late end of the Spring for some of the Sandown meetings, we’ll see.”
Betting on the remaining Tattersall’s Tiara hopefuls is set to open shortly with likely top fancies to include Joe Pride’s Coolmore Classic winner Steps In Time and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Dane Ripper champ Cosmic Endeavour.
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