The last race on Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara Day program in Brisbane is the Tattersall’s Open Mile 2014 – tips for the Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz sponsored showdown found right here.
There are a dozen milers in the mix for this year’s $100,000 Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Open Mile (1600m), the event running as Eagle Farm Race 8 at 4:15pm.
Of the 12 final acceptors favourite in the Open Mile odds at a quote of $2.90 is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Queenstown.
A consistent Stratum mare, the four-year-old is second-up here having run a nice third to Tromso when under a length off them over the 1400m at Rosehill on May 31.
Up in distance here she was second in the Group 3 Angst Stakes last time over the 1600m, and should relish the extra ground having run third in November in the Group 2 Sandown Classic over the mile and a half.
The two other single figure chances in Tattersall’s Open Mile betting are then Transporter ($3.80) in barrier one and Belle De Coeur ($5.50) in five.
John Thompson’s Commands gelding Transporter is a last start winner at the track and distance when defeating Choice Bro by 2.5 lengths in the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) two weeks ago but give 3.5kg to Queenstown here.
Belle De Coeur meanwhile will be ridden by Glen Boss in the place of Michael Rodd, the Show A Heart mare coming off two ripper runs when second to Srikandi at Doomben and then third to Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara favourite Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) last time out.
So are these dominant three the ones to lock into your Centenary Classic Open Mile trifecta bets?
Or is there value to be found outside the single figure hopes from the likes of the returning Travolta ($10) last seen running fourth in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) back in March or former winner over the track and distance Fillydelphia ($17)?
#8 Belle De Coeur ($5.50)
We’re tipping an upset in the last and have Luke Price’s mare Belle De Coeur rated special to win. She’ll get the run of the race from five, big race specialist Glen Boss aiding her cause. Gets in on 54kg which is 1.5kg less than she’s had on her back when finishing in the money behind two very nice types. The first was to Srikandi in a Group 3 (1350m), that filly going on to run third in the Stradbroke. Then last time out on Stradbroke Day she was third in the Dane Ripper, the form of which the bookies are rating for the Group 1 this weekend. We’re tipping that form to hold in this race too with Belle De Coeur up in distance.
#6 Queenstown ($2.90)
The deserving favourite based on their first-up effort when third in Sydney on May 31 and don’t think there will be much in it. Benefit from Tommy Berry being in the saddle, replacing James McDonald, and are drawn for a gun run in barrier two, unless the rain comes. Even then their Heavy form is good so should overcome the mud. On the 54kg minimum and will be fitter second-up after their eye-catching third when resuming. Group form in Melbourne up to 2400m last season so will only improve with more distance.
#10 Elmantosh ($15)
Double figures for this early market mover from the Gold Cost stables of Bruce Hill who went down as the beaten favourite when third to Transporter last start in the Strawberry Road. Gets the chance to atone here with another run at the same track and distance. Wide barrier (11) but distance to overcome and if it’s wet that will work in their favour with good form on Slow (2-1-1-0). Carry 54kg while their last start conqueror is 3.5kg heavier with 57.5kg, that’s a two kilo drop for the Mossman four-year-old from their 56kg last time out.
Our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au is also offering an exclusive Mercedes Benz Centenary Mile Special for this weekend.
They’re offering a juicy $3 for both Transporter AND Queenstown in the race, and if one of the wins you collect up to $50 for the 1000 customers only so hurry!
*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change