Three Nice Races on Offer for Conclusion of Brisbane Carnival
The last Group 1 race of the 2018 – 2019 Australian Thoroughbred racing season is this Saturday at Eagle Farm.
Officially the Winter Stakes, most now refer to it as the Tatts Tiara. In is 1400 metres in length and if a fillies and mares only weight-for-age race.
It was won last year by Prompt Response, prepared by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott at the time and ridden by Blake Shinn at 57 kg. Since that win, Prompt Response has not done well and has failed to run better than third in seven starts. Prompt Response jumped favourite at $4.20 beating the Chris Waller trained Shillelagh and Prompt Response is now under work for Waller.
For the record, she won at Doomben, as Eagle Farm was in the midst of a seemingly endless series of misfortunes.
She is back for another go this year and has Glyn Schofield for her rider. They have a wide barrier in the 14th slot, but with seemingly every mare and filly in Queensland in the race, with the field currently at 23, she could have drawn worse.
Savatiano is the $6 favourite and will jump right alongside last year’s winner, currently priced at $13, pretty generous, considering her recent form.
The money seems to be running toward Multaja, shortened from $9.50 to $7.50, while second-favourite Pohutukawa has hovered around her current $6.50, even though she has drifted 50 cents from $6.
Worth noting is that Prompt Response ran second to Tycoon Tara in 2017.
Eagle Farm can certainly handle a field of this size, but there is certain to be a scramble for position, as 1400 metres will go by in less than a minute-and-a-half.
The race celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018 and the only repeat winner has been Bonanova in 1999 and 2000.
Saturday is the last hurrah for the Brisbane winter racing carnival and other significant races on the day are the Group 3 Tattersalls Cup (2200 m, open handicap) and the Group 3 W J Healy Stakes (1200 m, quality handicap).