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The money is coming in Tattersall’s Tiara 2021 betting for reigning Thousand Guineas winner Odeum to return to her best and beat home the older mares at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Group 1 racing for the Australian racing season comes to an end in Brisbane this weekend with a class edition of the $600,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
The early market mover backed notably in from $7.50 to $5.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au despite a wide draw (15) is the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Odeum.
Flying Sydney-based hoop James McDonald retains the ride on the talented three-year-old daughter of Written Tycoon who chases her first victory since the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield last October.
She looked improved on recent form last start a fortnight back at the same track when narrowly beaten after racing wide with McDonald in the saddle behind Brooklyn Hustle in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1300m).
Suited to the step up to 1400m and dropping back from 58kg to 55.5kg, Odeum looks a huge chance to turn the tables on her last start conqueror and the rest of the field so long as she behaves in the barriers and gets a good jump.
“I think her best distance is 1600 (metres) but you have to chase the Group 1’s,” co-trainer Price told RSN this week.
“The other day was 1300 and she got beat fair and square. The 1400 is good, but obviously there is the Stradbroke Handicap winner (Tofane) in there and Brooklyn Hustle again.
“They’re pretty competitive mares’ races, but she’s going great, I’m very happy with her and she’ll run up to her best.”
Sitting top of the Tattersall’s Tiara odds as the narrow $5 favourite is the Stradbroke Handicap winner Tofane looking to do the Group 1 double in Brisbane for the first time since Srikandi (2015).
The Michael Moroney-trained four-year-old was good at bigger odds but with less weight at the track a distance a fortnight ago defeating Vega One by a half-length.
Despite the Tiara being an easier race on paper, Tofane will need to be good from wide here with Craig Williams jumping off the Dane Ripper winner Brooklyn Hustle in favour of this mare.
Godolphin’s Canterbury Stakes winning mare Savatiano ($9) out to atone for her lead-up ninth in May’s Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup is the only other single-figure hope to win the Tiara this winter.
Of the longer-priced hopes there’s been a nudge for Chris Waller’s in-form Sapphire Stakes winner Nudge ($16 into $13) chasing a third Brisbane win on the trot, while the best backed roughie hope is Rocha Clock.
The John O’Shea-trained Pierro four-year-old Rocha Clock opened at $41 and is now into $21 to upset this field, a generous price looking at her strong lead-up form.
Two back she won Scone’s Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) from a wide barrier before her close third to Nudge in the Sapphire over the mile here on June 5.
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