Australia’s queen of racing Gai Waterhouse has suggested an upset Tattersall’s Tiara 2014 result could be on the cards with Driefontein a chance to turn the tables on her better fancied stablemate Cosmic Endeavour.
The dynamic duo both line up in Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm representing Waterhouse’s Tulloch Lodge stables.
Of the two it is Northern Meteor filly Cosmic Endeavour the bookies have rated a better chance.
The in-form filly is equal $4.80 favourite in the latest Tattersall’s Tiara odds at Ladbrokes.com.au with the reigning Chris Waller-trained winner Red Tracer.
Driefontein meanwhile is at $11 to win and reverse the quinella she ran with Cosmic Endeavour at the track and distance a fortnight ago.
On Stradbroke Handicap Day young Cosmic Endeavour posted her second third win from her past four starts with a roaring one and three quarter length victory in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m).
That’s the same race that Red Tracer won last year before her Tiara victory, Waterhouse now after the same double with her filly.
In second that day was then Fastnet Rock four-year-old Driefontein who improved on two disappointing lead-up runs.
Winner of the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide on April 26, Driefontein backed up and failed to finish off when 15th behind Smokin’ Joey in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) back at Morphettville one run later.
After that she travelled to Brisbane for the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and was well beaten again when seventh to Spirit Of Boom before her Dane Ripper run.
Waterhouse now believes Driefontein is firing on all cylinders and is going well enough to win her second Group 1 in the Tiara on Saturday.
“I could even see Driefontein turning the tables on Cosmic Endeavour because she’s going so well and is such an honest mare,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
Driefontein runs from barrier three with Damian Browne aboard while Cosmic Endeavour has also drawn well in five with Tommy Berry over from Hong Kong for the ride.
If successful with either runner in the Tiara Waterhouse, who is already gearing up for a supercharged spring carnival, will be celebrating her seventh Group 1 of the season.
She’s just added another piece of arsenal to her spring assault too having purchased Café Society on in England on Monday for $600,000, the galloper running on Friday night in the Wolferton Handicap (2000m).
The Motivator gelding, who first caught the eye of Waterhouse’s husband last year, has had nine career starts for a trio of wins and was purchased by Waterhouse as a possible 2014 Melbourne Cup contender on the first Tuesday of November.
“Rob liked him last year, but he wasn’t for sale,” Waterhouse said from Ascot in the UK.
“We thought he was the horse of the sale, and since we’ve bought him, we’ve had about 20 people come up and tell us just that.
“You’ll see him in the spring. He’ll race here and then go straight into quarantine.
“That’s what you buy them for (the Melbourne Cup).
“There is a long way to go between now and the Cup, and as long as you get one horse there, that’s the most important thing.”
Waterhouse won last year’s Melbourne Cup with another overseas purchase, the Fiorente, which was her maiden win in the world’s richest handicap.
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