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Cradle main threat to snatch Tiara

Thu, Jun 23, 10:41am by Staff Writer

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The Tattersall’s Club Tiara (1400m) – the final Group 1 of the racing season – is run this Saturday at Eagle Farm with a field of 16 set to take part. Chris Waller had two nominated for the race (Tsaritsa and Telepathic) but neither has accepted.

With no runner in the race Waller will finish this racing season with a remarkable 15 Group One wins and 17 Group 1 minors from a massive 105 runners. Of the victories, five came from Winx with another three from Preferment.

Ciaron Maher, who has two Group Ones this year, won the Tatts Tiara last year with Srikandi and this year lines up with pre-race favourite Azkadellia. Last year Srikandi came off a last start Group 1 Stradbroke (1400m) victory whereas Azkadellia comes off a tenth in the ‘Straddie’ when a $4 favourite.

Looking at Azkadellia’s main rivals, Cradle Me has been running consistently of late and is a last start Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes winner over this track and distance. Zac Purton rode Cradle Me on that occasion after piloting her to second in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park (1350m) before that. He flies in from Hong Kong again this Saturday with Cradle Me to jump from barrier 13.

Artistry – who finished second to Cradle Me in the Dane Ripper and eighth to Azkadellia in the Queen of the Turf – is another lining up here. Interestingly, the mare has six victories to her name but all have been with Thomas Huet in the saddle. Kerrin McEvoy rides for Team Snowden and she’ll also start out wide, barrier 12.

Danish Twist has eight victories and six minor placings from her 17 career starts and a win here would make it five in a row. Already a Group 3 winner, and with a last start Listed win against her name, this will be her first attempt at the top level. Hugh Bowman jumps aboard and he’s one win and two minors from his three rides on her.

Precious Gem was sixth in the Stradbroke after back-to-back wins before that, the latter being a Group 1 Sangster (1200m). Trainer Henry Dwyer is confident his mare will be at her peak come race day.  Press Report has only won two times in 30 career starts but 19 of those starts have been in ‘Black Type’ racing; her best G1 finish being fourth.

Aside from Danish Twist and Cradle Me, Blueberry Hill is the only other last start winner heading into Saturday. That was in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) with Echo Gal finishing third in that event. Echo Gal lines up here for Gai who won this race two years ago with Cosmic Endeavour.

Betting: Azkadellia opened up as a $2.80 favourite post barrier draw and that price was snapped up quickly. She was best-priced at $2.35 with William Hill. She’s been competitive against the males at the elite level, ran third in a Doncaster behind Winx and already has a Group 1 win against her own sex. If she gets luck from the gate, she will be hard to beat given the set weights conditions of the race.

If things don’t fall the way of Azkadellia,, might be the one storming down the outside to give trainer David Pfieffer his first Group 1 victory.

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