Yet to miss a cheque in 10 career starts, Champagne Cuddles will once again look to have everything in her favour for the season ending Group 1 event. Placed 4 times now at the elite level, the Bjorn Baker trained filly is consistent at every run, but seems to run into one just a little better each-time. Starting favourite last start in the UBET Stradbroke Handicap under her 50kg, Corey Brown had her settled just behind the speed from gate 1 and when the going got serious in the straight, she just couldn’t go with them. In the Kingsford-Smith Cup two starts back when carrying 55kg, Brown had her settled and positioned in the back half of the pack. Making a move at about the 500m the filly was hitting the line strongly to finish 1.35 lengths from the winner Impending. Back to weight for age for the Tiara, she is one of just two 3YO fillies in the field, has placed 3rd at both runs at the Doomben 1350m and the return to racing her own sex is a big plus.
The Beneteau filly may be trained out of Sydney by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, however in three appearances at Doomben, the 4YO mare has recorded a win and two second placed runs, all at the 350m trip. That win was recorded during the 2017 Carnival when scoring a half-length victory in the G2 Dane Ripper Stakes. Tackling the Tatts Tiara for the 2nd successive year, she will be looking to go one better than last year when finishing within a neck of the winner Tycoon Tara. Sent for a spell following that run, she returned for a five-start Spring campaign that returned just one placing with all her runs in Melbourne including a long neck 4th in the G1 Myer in a blanket finish behind Shoals. The return for the Sydney Autumn saw the mare secure the G2 Breeders first-up and the G2 Emancipation third-up. Kept on the fresh side, she should be topped off nicely for the Tiara following the half-length 2nd in the Dane Ripper and getting on top of the ground will also be in her favour.
The Ron Quinton trained Daysee Doom will have no favours from a wide gate, however classy mare has already proved that she can overcome wide barriers to win, as she did when scoring the G1 Coolmore Classic from gate 14 of 17 at Rosehill. Kept to her own sex for much of her career, Quinton avoided the temptation of a 2017 Winter raid after winning the G3 Dark Jewel at Scone, a race where she defeated Prompt Response. Returning this Autumn following two wins in the Spring, the Domesday mare was a first-up winner at 1300m in the G2 Millie Fox before annexing the Coolmore second-up. Only run down in the closing stages of the Emancipation when beaten under one length, she was sent for a break after a disappointing effort in the Queen Of The Turf. She resumes with the fresh figures of 5: 2-0-2 and at the distance is yet to miss a cheque- 6: 4-1-1. The gate is the obvious query, but all other factors suggest the double figure odds are value.
Officially trained in Brisbane out of the Eagle Farm track, the Chris Meagher trained mare has been well placed in her career that has seen her start interstate as many times as she has seen a Queensland track. After winning the 2017 Gold Coast Guineas (Champagne Cuddles won in 2018), she didn’t start again in the Winter Carnival and instead had a five-start Melbourne prep that returned wins in the G3 Cockram and G3 How Now, both at the Caulfield 1200m. Missing the Autumn despite trialling on three occasions, the mare returned in the Listed Chief De Beers at 1050m when carrying 58kg topweight. Second-up in the Listed Hinkler over 1200m, Ben Melham had her settled mid-field and came with a well-timed run to score a half-length victory. A two-time winner at Doomben, her only two runs beyond 1200m have been at Caulfield where she was a G2 winner in the Armanasco and three lengths from Global Glamour in the G2 Tristarc. Ben Melham takes the ride and should be able to have the mare in a perfect position from gate 1.
The last Group 1 race of the QWRC and also the Australian Season, the Tatterall's Tiara is a 1350m event restricted to fillies and mares held at weight-for-age. The Tattersall's Tiara is officially registered as the Tatts Winter Stakes and was first run in 1996 at Group 3 level and was first conducted at the elite level in 2007. The race will be held at Doomben on June 23.
The day is one of the official Tattersalls Days with other races on the card including the Listed Winning Edge Stakes, the Crystal Slipper that has recently been upgraded, the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes and the Group 3 Tattersall's Cup run over 2200m.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Winter Racing Carnival races at UBET's Winter Racing Betting Hub.
|Date:||Saturday 23rd June 2018|
|Race Time:||15:58 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO+ Fillies & Mares|
|2017 Winner:||Tycoon Tara|
|2018 Tatterall's Tiara Odds|
|2016||Miss Cover Girl|