Tatt’s Tiara Last Group 1 of 2016 – 2017 Thoroughbred Season
Traditionalists call it the Winter Stakes, but if you want to find the last Group 1 race of the 2016 – 2017 Australian thoroughbred racing season, you had best know that in recent year, it has gone by the name of the Tatt’s Tiara.
It is also something of a nomadic race. In 2015, it was moved to the Gold Coast racecourse while Eagle Farm was undergoing an “upgrade.” With the result of that upgrade being that this year, Eagle Farm has been declared unfit for racing, the race will be held at Doomben.
It has also been shortened by 50 metres, from 1400 to 1350. It is run with right-handed turns, something that trainers such David Hayes takes into account. Hayes is fielding Miss Gunpowder, winner of her last start at Doomben, where she ran clockwise for the first time to win the Listed Hinkler at 1200 m.
Other than that, however, everything is the same for the race that ascended to Group 1 quality in 2007, after making its debut in 1989, rising to Listed in 1992, Group 3 in 1996 and Group 2 in 2006.
As a weight-for-age event restricted to fillies and mares, it is interesting to note that outside Bonanova in 1999 and 2000, there have been no repeat winners.
Hayes hopes to notch his sixth Group 1 race of the season, to help him close the gap on Chris Waller’s nine. Waller has French Emotion in the field, but the TAB favours Hayes’ horse $12 to $26.
The $3.30 favourite for the race is In Her Time, prepared by Benjamin Smith and ridden by Joshua Parr. She had looked to take the post in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap except for her being run wide from a poor barrier draw and overtaken by Impending. She ran fifth in the Group 1 Coolmore and won twice at Group 2 level in February.