The Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara is the perfect way to finish the official Brisbane winter carnivals for 2023. Not only does the curtain come down on Brisbane’s time in the racing spotlight, the Tattersall’s Tiara is also the last Group 1 event of the 2022/2023 racing season. With the Tatt’s Gold Crown and the W.J. Healy Stakes also featuring on the stunning program, a bumper crowd is expected to be on course at Eagle Farm on Saturday!
Eagle Farm Race 6
#2 Pretty Amazing
Pretty Amazing looks well placed here, dropping down in class. She meets easier opposition, and the step out in distance looks perfect at this stage of her preparation. The American Pharoah mare has been racing well without winning at her latest outings, and she can bounce back on Saturday. From a middle gate, she should get a smooth run in transit, and if she is presented at the right time, I expect her to be in the finish.
Lekvarte is too consistent to dismiss. The Reliable Man mare hit the line nicely last start at Randwick, and her next win is just around the corner. The longer trip is advantageous, and I expect the Joseph Pride factor to attract further market support. If she doesn’t get too far out of her ground during the race’s middle stages, she can make her presence felt late.
Bellaciaociao can resume a winner. The Camelot mare is making her Australian debut, and her best international form reads exceptionally well for this event. Her recent barrier trials were teasing, and I am sure the Annabel Neasham camp will have her primed for a first-up tilt. It may pay dividends to watch for any significant market support.
Suggested Bet: Pretty Amazing @ $5.50
Eagle Farm RACE 7
#16 Opal Ridge
Opal Ridge looks poised to claim Group 1 glory! The Rubick filly was a brilliant winner in the Luskin Star at Scone before running a gallant second in the Dane Ripper at her latest outing. From a middle gate, she can sit midfield with cover, and if Tyler Schiller brings her to the middle of the track at the right time, I expect her to prove too strong late. The length of her campaign is the primary concern.
Foxy Frida is flying this preparation. The Foxwedge mare arguably should be unbeaten this campaign, and she deserves another shot at winning a Group 1 feature. Her record at the distance is exceptional, and she handles all track conditions. She is a genuine winning prospect if she can overcome the carpark draw. She is a marvel!
Roots is a must for all broader exotics and multiples. The Press Statement mare was game in defeat after a little freshen-up, and the 1400m looks ideal at this stage of her preparation. The Chris Waller factor will attract market support, and if she can stay in touch with the leaders during the early stages, she can figure late. Over the odds!
Suggested Bet: Opal Ridge @ $3.50
Eagle Farm Race 8
#2 Prince Of Boom
Prince Of Boom can win again despite jumping from Doomben. The Spirit Of Boom gelding was breathtaking last start at Eagle Farm, and he looks ideally placed at this level, meeting easier opposition. From the wide draw, I expect him to fight for pole position, and if he can find the front uncontested, he will lead them a merry dance. He needs to beat the handicapper and allocate weight.
The Big Goodbye looks over the odds after an ultra-consistent campaign to date. The Host gelding can box seat from the perfect inside draw, and if the gaps appear at the right time, he can make his presence felt late. His record at the distance must be respected, and he has been smashed in early betting. Big threat!
Quantico can bounce back here after promising the world and delivering an atlas. The I Am Invincible gelding has the ability to find trouble in running, and he has been expensive for punters to follow. From barrier five, he can sit closer to the speed, and with even luck in transit, he can sprout wings late. He is ultra-talented, and his best performance would see him figure in the finish. Take on trust!
Suggested Bet: Prince Of Boom @ $3.60
Eagle Farm Race 9
Matowatakpe is knocking on the door! The Dream Ahead gelding has been thereabouts all campaign, and he strikes the right race on Saturday. He was game in defeat at Eagle Farm behind a smart one, and he should be cherry ripe for this event after a recent barrier trial. His recent winning record is the primary concern.
Swiss Exile snatched defeat from the jaws of victory last start. The Pariah colt looked home and hosed before taking baby steps in the shadows of the post. The quick backup is advantageous; he runs well over the distance at Eagle Farm. The wide gate is his biggest obstacle.
Kinloch can run a drum at a reasonable price. The Kris Lees trained five-year-old has looked sharp in two recent barrier trials, and he was good without winning prior. His best form reads well for this event, and if he can find some cover from the awkward gate, I expect him to figure in the finish. His fate may be determined during the first furlong.
Suggested Bet: Matowatakpe @ $21.00