There'll be no Tiara for Srikandi this Saturday. Picture: Mark Calleja/News Corp Australia
It's the final Group 1 of the season and Sydney trainer, Chris Waller, has a three-pronged attack on the Tatts Tiara (for fillies and mares) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Heading Waller's charge for a major slice of the $500,000 winner's cheque is Red Tracer, who is defending her Tiara crown after beating Streama by 2.5 lengths in this race twelve months ago. Red Tracer is coming off a tenth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, beaten 4.4 lengths. She has won 15 of her 37 starts and placed on another 14 occasions, amassing $2.37m in prizemoney. Red Tracer has won three of her five starts over 1400m at Eagle Farm, but has drawn barrier 14 on Saturday.
Waller also has Catkins - a mare he rates as his next Red Tracer. A four-year-old mare, Catkins has won 11 of her 22 outings with an additional seven placings and just over $1m in earnings. She hasn't raced for two months, with her last start a sixth in the Group 1 Queens of the Turf at the Randwick Autumn Carnival. Prior to that, the daughter of Dubawi had won three of her previous four starts. She'll start from the inside barrier.
The third of Waller's hopes is She's Clean - a five-year-old mare, who has finished just behind the place-getters in two appearances at the Brisbane Carnival. She's Clean has drawn out in gate 12.
Gai Waterhouse has entered form three-year-old Cosmic Endeavour (barrier 5) and more seasoned stablemate Driefontein (barrier 3). Having already won the Dane Ripper, Cosmic Endeavour is hoping to repeat Red Tracer's double of last season and win the Tiara.
If the track is rain affected, Les Bride will start start Avoid Lightning (11), the winner of three of its past four. All-conquering Victorian trainer, Darren Weir, has consistent mare Lonhpresso (7) engaged.
Form Victorian fillies Srikandi and Griante are a non-starters. However, there are still a handful of handy youngsters taking on the mares, including Jazz Song (17) and Costa Viva (13).