The Sky Racing Tatersall's Tiara is the final Group 1 of the 2014/15 racing season, and what a race it promises to be!
With Eagle Farm currently undertaking a mutli million dollar upgrade, the Gold Coast will play host to their first ever Group 1 race! The track is currently a soft 7 (Friday 4:00pm).
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Najoom is currently the $3.80 equal favourite with TAB.com.au despite being second emergency and not guaranteed a start. The 3YO filly has enjoyed a meteoric rise this preparation, winning a maiden at Hawkesbury on March 10 before winning 4 of her next 5 starts. She took out the G3 Fred Best at Doomben on May 23 and is obviously a filly with a lot of upside. Whether the rise in class is too much for her this early on in her career remains to be seen.
The G1 Sky Racing Tattersall's Tiara is set to jump at 3:57pm (AEST). Check the full TAB.com.au market here.
Equal with Najoom at the top of the market is Stradbroke Handicap winner Srikandi. Her two runs prior to her Stradbroke victory were plain at best but she bounced back in spectacular fashion to draw clear and score easily a fortnight ago. The 4YO mare has drawn the widest barrier and Kerrin McEvoy will need some luck in running but she is certainly capable if she produces her best again.
Stradbroke Handicap favourite Lumosty produced a disappointing run on face value when finishing 10th. Currently $7 with TAB.com.au, the Robert Smerdon trained-filly was wide throughout in the Stradboke and battled on alright considering her torrid run. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see her bounce back to form if she gets the race run to suit here. Her performances in Melbourne this preparation were scintillating and I expect her to give this a real shake.
Crowd favourite Catkins ($5.50) deserves to have a Group 1 win on her resume. The Chris Waller trained mare has won five Group 2 events and placed five times in Group 1 company. Her form this campaign has been first class and she has drawn ideally in barrier 3. No doubt she will be carrying the hopes of quite a few punters hoping she can finally break through.
With the sting out of the track it certainly advantages the Les Bridge-trained Avoid Lightning ($6). She relishes the wet conditions and will grow an extra leg if the track is noticeably rain affected. She has drawn barrier 1 and was only beaten by a very narrow margin in this race last year. Her chances hinge on the weather.
If you’re looking for a bit of value in the race, it might be worth having a little something each way on Peron ($21). You would have to search long and hard to find a horse with worse luck than the Peter Moody-trained mare. The former Patinack galloper has found trouble in each of her runs this campaign, often going to the line under a strangle hold. If she can get some luck and live up to her potential she is good enough.
I’m tipping Lumosty on top to beat Catkins, Najoom and Peron.
Good luck and happy punting.