Recent China Horse Club acquisition Precious Gem will bow out of racing post her Tattersall’s Tiara 2016 run at Eagle Farm Racecourse this Saturday in Brisbane.
The Henry Dwyer-trained Enconsul mare was purchased for $825,000 at the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions Broodmare Sales by the syndicate and has her final start before retiring to the breeding barn on the weekend.
A winner of eight of her 36 career starts to date, six-year-old Precious Gem broke her Group 1 duck two back when winning Morphettville’s Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) on May 7.
That was her fifth start for Dwyer who took over from the Echuca-based Gwenda Johnstone in training the mare last summer.
She then travelled to Queensland for a shot at the state’s richest race a fortnight ago, but could only manage to cross 7.2 lengths away sixth to Under The Louvre in the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
Precious Gem is back at the same track and distance but against her own kind this weekend tackling a field of fellow fillies and mares in the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m), which brings elite level racing to a close for another Australian racing season.
Her emerging Caulfield-based trainer Dwyer is yet to saddle-up a starter in the weight-for-age Queensland Winter Racing Carnival classic, but hopes it is first time lucky on Saturday for the horseman who has only held a solo training licence for three years.
Tim Clark had the ride on Precious Gem in the Stradbroke on June 11, but Dwyer has engaged the services of Blake Shinn for her farewell assignment.
Shinn is yet to ride the mare, but has had three previous Tattersall’s Tiara rides over the years including a second place finish.
Dwyer, who said the mare’s training was interrupted ahead of the Stradbroke due to her sale, is more confident heading into the Tiara.
He is also hoping for some luck in Wednesday’s Tattersall’s Tiara barrier draw after the mare did it tough last time out from the outside alley (18 of 18).
Last Saturday morning Precious Gem was put through her paces with a gallop at the new course proper at Eagle Farm and is also expected to have a final piece of fast work on Tuesday morning.
There is a total of 23 Tattersall’s Tiara nominations this year.
Leading the all-in Tattersall’s Tiara betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au is beaten Stradbroke Handicap favourite Azkadellia for last year’s winning trainer Ciaron Maher.
She is at $2.50 for atone for her 10th place last time out and is followed in the futures Tattersall’s Tiara odds by Chris Waller’s Queensland Guineas winning filly Tsaritsa ($5).
The last filly to win the Tiara was Cosmic Endeavour (2013) while the last to come off a Queensland Guineas run was Pear Tart (2012) who completed the double Waller’s in-form daughter of Dane Shadow shoots for this season.
Nicholas Hall replaces Damien Oliver aboard the Tiara favourite Azkadellia and Jim Byrne will be on Tsaritsa in place of Joao Moreira.
Precious Gem meanwhile is rated a $10 chance to win her last trip to the track.
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