Azkadellia remains the clear favourite in Tattersall’s Tiara 2016 betting for the season’s last Group 1 race at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday in Brisbane.
The $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) is set to steal the show in Queensland on the weekend and of the 16 fillies and mares in the mix all the money is on the Ciaron Maher-trained Azkadellia.
Last Queensland Winter Racing Carnival the Melbourne-based Maher took out the race with Srikandi who was backing up from a Stradbroke Handicap success.
This year Shinko King four-year-old Azkadellia was top fancy for the Stradbroke, but finished a disappointing 10th after getting caught on the wrong part of the track.
She is tipped to bounce back a fortnight later returning to the 1400m at Eagle Farm as Maher looks to become just the second trainer to prepare successive Tattersall’s Tiara winners since the race first ran in 1989.
The only trainer to date to do so was Sydney’s Graeme Begg who scored in 1999 and 2000 with Bonanova when the race was a Group 3 event.
Set to get a clearer run out wider on Saturday from barrier 11 with Nick Hall replacing Damien Oliver in the saddle, Azkadellia dominates the latest Tattersall’s Tiara odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.30.
She has already been backed in from an opening quote on the Tattersall’s Tiara final field of $2.70 and is aiming to become the third favourite in as many years to win the weight-for-age showdown in the Sunshine State.
Azkadellia is followed in Tattersall’s Tiara betting by a further three other mares under $10 for the win including the $6.50 second favourite Danish Twist.
The Kris Lees-trained Dane Shadow four-year-old has won her past four on the trot in NSW going back to early April including the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone in May and the Listed June Stakes (1100m) at Randwick a fortnight ago.
Danish Twist has had eight runs over 1400m to date boasting an excellent record of four wins, three seconds and a third, so should relish getting back out over the metres in the Tiara.
Hugh Bowman vies for his fist Tattersall’s Tiara win aboard the flyer from barrier one, which last produced a winner in Yosei (2011).
The other two best fancied at $8 each are Precious Gem and Cradle Me drawn at opposite ends of the field in gates four and 13 respectively.
Blake Shinn rides Henry Dwyer’s soon-to-retire Econsul six-year-old Precious Gem who won the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide two back.
She then travelled to Eagle Farm for a shot at the Stradbroke crossing sixth after jumping from barrier 18 of 18 as a $41 roughie.
The David Pfieffer-trained seven-year-old Cradle Me meanwhile is the last start winner of the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) and shoots for the double most recently achieved by Cosmic Endeavour (2014) and Red Tracer (2013).
Pear Tart ($14 in 2012) was the last Tiara winner to salute at double-figures and the best of the hopes over $10 in this winter’s markets is Peter & Paul Snowden’s Shamardal four-year-old Artistry ($15) coming off a second in the Dane Ripper.
The rest of the field can be found at $20 or longer including last weekend’s Gai Waterhouse Classic winning filly Blueberry Hill ($26) and the Dane Ripper third placegetter Jessy Belle ($26).
Check out the latest Tattersall’s Club Tiara 2016 betting odds below, fixed win prices provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.