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LIVE COVERAGE: Sky Racing Tattersall's Tiara Day

Saturday's Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall's Tiara meeting promises to be one of the highlights of the 2019 TAB Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. 

The card is stacked with nine quality races, including the Group 3 Healy Stakes, Group 3 Tattersall's Cup, Listed G.H. Mumm and the $125,000 TAB Battle of the Bush Final. 

If you can't be trackside, follow our live blog below. 

PREVIEW: Barriers dent Waller's bid for record

PREVIEW: Cairns out to claim back-to-back bush finals

MEET THE QUALIFIERS: TAB Battle of the Bush Final

Runners To Watch - Saturday 22 June 2019 

Race 1 - 11:10AM SINGAPORE AIRLINES BENCHMARK 75 Handicap (1000 METRES)

 

1st – Hirtshals – Brian Smith – Larry Cassidy

2nd – Boom Chicka Boom – Les Kelly – Tommy Berry

3rd – Ditmas – Jason Taylor – Mel Eggleston

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Trainer – Brian Smith

“She’s a little beauty alright isn’t she!”

“We decided today to let the speed go a bit, but I cried when I thought Larry (Cassidy) let them go again, but she’s a game little thing and knuckled down.”

“She’s been doing the hard work up front in her races and getting beaten by the others, so she’s really come of age reversing that pattern today.”

Jockey - Larry Cassidy

“When she stepped the way she did with a bump I thought stuff if I’ll go three pairs back they’re going to go quick enough it doesn’t matter.”

“I thought I might have missed the bus, but she was fresh when the rest of them were getting tired, I think she’ll have to be ridden cold more often.”

 

Eagle Farm

SINGAPORE AIRLINES BENCHMARK 75 Handicap 1000m

Race 2 - 11:45AM WINNING EDGE PRESENTATIONS STAKES (1400 METRES)

1st – Kordia – James Cummings – Blake Shinn

2nd – Big Parade – Waterhouse & Bott – Jason Collett

3rd – Snazz ‘N’ Charm – Matthew Dunn – Robbie Fradd

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Trainer – James Cummings

“He’s not a bolting speed horse but he’s got class about him and will only be better over further, I think that’s why he’s snuck under a few people’s guards.”

“When I think back to good jockeys trying to pick which two-year-old’s they wanted to ride in their maiden’s he was never at the top of the list.”

“I’ve got a rough idea of what I want to do with him, but I’ll just let the dust settle first.”

“One thing I can tell you is he’ll have no problem over a longer trip.”

Jockey – Blake Shinn

“He was a little bit fractious in the gates, I just had to get his mind on the job.”

“We jumped ok, but drifted back fairly quickly, he did well to pick up from three pairs back off a moderate speed.”

“He was doing his best work late, definitely gave me the impression the mile wouldn’t be an issue.”

Eagle Farm

WINNING EDGE PRESENTATIONS STAKES 1400m

Race 3 - 12:20PM 2019 TAB BATTLE OF THE BUSH (FINAL) 

1st – Hanover Square – Bevan Johnson – Michael Cahill

2nd – Deadly Choices – Damien Finter – Blake Shinn

3rd – Marksfield – Matt Kropp – Gary Geran

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Trainer – Bevan Johnson

“He got a long way back, but that’s how we wanted to ride him, Michael (Cahill) was patient and got him there at the right time.”

“We got in around dinner time last night, it was a bit of a drive from home (Miles), but let me tell you it’s all worth it now.”

“Len (Leonard Mawn) was training him right up to his win in Barcaldine, he came to us in great condition and we picked up where he left off.”

Owner – Len Mawn

“I got another job and I just couldn’t juggle training and work at the same time.”

“I couldn’t have given him to a better bloke in Bevan and he’s delivered him in perfect order on the big stage.”

Jockey – Michael Cahill

“Instructions were to just let him settle in the big field and let him go that last 200, he travelled into in beautifully and got there right on time.”

“I know how big a deal this race has become for our country trainers, that’s where it all starts very proud to ride a winner for Bevan.

Eagle Farm

2019 TAB BATTLE OF THE BUSH (FINAL) No Metro Wins-Last 2 Years Quality 1200m

Race 4 - 12:55PM STELLA ARTOIS 3YO Plate (1400 METRES)

1st – Vega One – Tony Gollan – Blake Shinn

2nd – Enterprise Louise – Michael Lakey – Matthew McGillivray

3rd – Churning – Toby Edmonds – Glyn Schofield

DSC9055.JPGTrainer – Tony Gollan

“He got a lot better run today, after a really awkward one in the Fred Best last start.”

“The only little concern was giving him a month between runs, but he put them to bed.”

“No-one has been riding better than Blake (Shinn) this carnival and from a sticky draw in six he did a great job to lob him one out one back.”

“He’s done an amazing job this prep, starting as a maiden and leaving as a multiple stakes winner, he’s got a future.”

“We’ll take a break with him now, but when he comes back in either the Spring or Summer you’ll see him in some pretty nice races.”

Jockey – Blake Shinn

“The horse began nicely and we had a dream run throughout, he’s a progressive horse and he did the rest.”

“Great training effort from Tony to get him up after four weeks off, he was sharp today.”

“I won on him at Doomben and he sprinted really well that day, Eagle Farm is a different track, so I just nursed him to the 200 and asked him to pick up.”

Eagle Farm

STELLA ARTOIS 3YO Plate 1400m

Race 5 - 1:35PM STAV, ABBY AND MATT Class 6 Plate (1400 METRES)

1st – Smartedge – P & P Snowden – Larry Cassidy

2nd – Shogun Sun – Kelly Schweida – Blake Shinn

3rd – Magnufighter – Gary Duncan – Jamie Kah

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Jockey – Larry Cassidy

“If we’d have got beat he would have been slightly unlucky because early in the straight I had to duck in before getting to the outside, he could have done it a lot easier.”

“He showed a bit of grit to get the better of the finish after the setback, we were pretty wide apart but I was fairly sure he got there.”

“My last two rides for the Snowden’s have been wins, it’s always good to get your foot in the door with a quality stable like that.”

Eagle Farm

STAV, ABBY AND MATT Class 6 Plate 1400m

Race 6 - 2:15PM LAZY YAK TATTERSALL'S CUP (3000 METRES)

1st – Vow and Declare – Danny O’Brien – Glen Boss

2nd – Big Duke – Kris Lees – Blake Shinn

3rd – Our Libretto – Grahame Begg – Tim Clark

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Part Owner – Geoff Corrigan

“Great result for all the team, we couldn’t be happier after his bad luck in the Derby.”

“If we had the run of the winner we probably would have won the Derby, but we wouldn’t have been here for this race then.”

“It worked out ideally because we needed to see if he was a good stayer because I know Danny (O’Brien) has his eye on a certain 3200 metre race in the spring.”

“When we won the TCL Stakes on Oaks Day Danny said this horse is an elite staying prospect, he did it on pure guts over 1800 that day, but he’s answered the question if he can handle the trip.”

Jockey – Glen Boss

“He (Danny O’Brien) has a massive opinion of him, he was dirty he got beaten in the Derby when things didn’t go right, but it’s worked out alright because he wouldn’t have run today.”

“I think he’s got plans for him in the Spring and I can see why, but it’s always hard to judge where these horses are at because that was very soft.”

Eagle Farm

LAZY YAK TATTERSALL'S CUP 3000m

Race 7 - 2:55PM G.H. MUMM OPEN (1820 METRES)

1st – Duca Valentinois – James Cummings – Tim Clark    

2nd – Take it Intern – Kris Lees – Larry Cassidy

3rd – Another Dollar – Chris Waller – Craig Newitt

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Trainer – James Cummings

“We thought the horse was in winning form his last four starts and getting Tim Clark on last start for a narrow second and a win today is just rewards.”

“Tim really held his nerve on him today, he was sweating on a run and it was great to see him have that desire to the line once he got out.”

“He’s shot up in the ratings and he’s another great example of an imported horse that’s come over and done well.”

“He has excuses once he gets up in the ratings, but he’s carried weight well in the past at the Scone Cup and The Lord Mayor’s Cup at weight for age and has added a listed win at the Queensland carnival now.”

Eagle Farm

G.H. MUMM OPEN 1820m

Race 8 - 3:35PM SKY RACING TATTERSALL'S TIARA (1400 METRES)

1st  - Invincibella – Chris Waller – Jason Collett

2nd – Pohutukawa – James Cummings – Blake Shinn

3rd – Savatiano – James Cummings – Tommy Berry

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Stable Rep – Paul Shailer

"We've been all around the mark and unable to crack one but it's a good way to end.”

"It goes down to how much of a hard worker he is and the dedication and time and effort he puts into his horses.”

"No stone is left unturned and there's no one more deserving."

Shailer said Invincibella's Group One success was well deserved in the twilight of her racing career.

"It's eluded her for a long time but I think today she bounced off the back of her last run which was very good and gee she was tough today so there was no more horse deserving than her.”

Jockey – Jason Collett

“I was starting to think I was cursed, I saw the Cummings horse (Pohutukawa) loom up late and thought I was going to finish second again, but twelfth time was the charm.”

“She’s such a tough mare and to do it for Chris (Waller) who’s always supported me it’s a dream.”

Eagle Farm

SKY RACING TATTERSALL'S TIARA 1400m

Race 9 - 4:15PM SIMON GEORGE & SONS W.J. HEALY STAKES (1200 METRES)

1st – Brave Song – P&P Snowden – Blake Shinn

2nd – Amanaat – Mark Currie – Glen Boss

3rd – Intuition – James Cummings – Jeff Lloyd

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Jockey – Blake Shinn

“It would have been fantastic to take out the Group One, but three winners and a couple of seconds in my last meeting of the carnival I couldn’t ask for a better way to leave Queensland.”

“He’s a very talented horse, the writing was on the wall throughout this prep behind Trekking he deserved a nice win today.”

“I was getting a lot of crowding from the outside runners early, so I probably ended up a pair or two back from where I would have liked, but you’ve got to have confidence in his sprint.”

“I just let him relax and when the gaps came he took them and finished sensational.”

“It’s been an amazing carnival for me, I feel like I’m riding in the best form of my career and what a great way to go on to my next chapter in Hong Kong.

Eagle Farm

SIMON GEORGE & SONS W.J. HEALY STAKES 1200m