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The Godolphin-raced Savatiano holds early favouritism in pre-field Tattersall’s Tiara 2019 betting in Brisbane this winter following the class mare’s win in the Group 3 $150,000 Moreton Stakes (1300m) late last month.
A four-year-old daughter of Street Cry, Savatiano is set to head towards the final Group 1 of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival with Eagle Farm hosting the $500,000 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) on June 22.
All-in Tattersall’s Tiara odds at Ladbrokes.com.au on the weight-for-age feature for fillies and mares currently has Savatiano on top at $4.60 following her barnstorming lead-up win at the track.
Improving on a second in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone, the bay was far too powerful in her 2.75 length Moreton Stakes victory over Quilista (2nd) and Eckstein (3rd) in the race registered as the Glenlogan Park Stakes.
Trainer James Cummings confirmed plans to target the Tattersall’s Tiara next post-win.
All going well, Savatiano will be having her second shot at a Group 1 win after she crossed 7.5 lengths back ninth on a Heavy (9) Rosehill track in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) back in March.
There are just two other single-figure hopefuls in the futures Tattersall’s Tiara odds with Pohutukawa ($6) and Invincibella ($8) the two big market movers following the Stradbroke Handicap Day results at Eagle Farm last weekend.
Another Cummings-trained Godolphin galloper, three-year-old Medaglia D’Oro filly Pohutukawa put herself right in Tatt’s Tiara contention when taking on the colts and geldings in the Group 2 $350,000 Queensland Guineas (1600m).
The Group 3 winning filly ran an eye-catching third in the mile feature when under a length beaten by the in-form winner Kolding.
Invincibella meanwhile made it back-to-back wins in Brisbane’s Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes, the Chris Waller-trained I Am Invincible five-year-old holding off a challenge by the roughie hope Platinum Angle to take out the 1400m event.
“She is coming right at the right time of the year,” Waller said of Invincibella after the Dane Ripper success.
“She has been out of form I guess you can say. She is a multiple Group 2 winner and if we can get a Group 1 in two weeks’ time, she will close out her career in good style.
“It is great to be back at Eagle Farm and if the track is like it is today, she will be hard to beat.”
The Tattersall’s Tiara 2019 nominations are open until next Monday, June 17, with markets now up at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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