Not Even Water at Eagle Farm can Slake Group Quality Drought
Thoroughbred racing news is getting scarce as the Ides of June has passed and we are soon to enter the desert of July.
Yet, we are not yet so desperate as to turn to the country tracks, trots, or, perish the thought, greyhounds, so we will just have to muddle along and do what we can and look forward to August.
So, what is left?
The final Group 1 of the season, the Tattersall’s Tiara, or, if you are of a more traditional disposition, the Winter Stakes (1400 m fillies and mares weight-for-age) will be held Saturday coming. The race has found a home at Doomben for 2018, as Racing Queensland has yet to sort Eagle Bog and does not expect that course to be ready until December at the earliest.
The ballot order for the Tiara will be determined by prizemoney earned over the past two years.
The other Group level races on the meeting card are the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200 m open handicap) and the Group 3 W. J. Healy Stakes (1200 m quality handicap). Those two offer $200,000 and $175,000, respectively, in prizemoney, so combined with the other races, there is over $1 million up for grabs, so some of the better horses will turn out.
Tycoon Tara won the Tiara last year from $19. Rudy won the Cup from $2.70 and Burning Passion won the W. J. Healy from $9, so thoroughbred punters with a little skill and a smidge of luck have some opportunities for some healthy dividends.
Champagne Cuddles occupies the top line for the Tiara, currently quoted at $5.50 by one of the online bookies. We will supply additional quotes for the Cup and the W. J Healy when they are more readily available.
By the way, there are some worthy races going off at Royal Ascot, even if Chris Waller et al. did choose to keep Winx at home.