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By Darren Winningham | Friday, June 24, 2022

The Tattersall’s Race Day 2022 – featuring the last Group 1 race of the season – the TATTS TIARA.

This weekend the track is rated “Good”. The rail is out 6 metres from the 1600 metres to the 1000 metres and then 8 metres for the rest of the track. With the rail out so far, I think there may be a slight bias to horses in the first six or seven as they come into the straight. However, in the past few weeks – some horses have been able to make ground and flash home late.

Looks a reasonable program. Hopefully I can get some winners.

NB: As these selections were made prior to raceday please check for any changes to track conditions and for any scratchings on the day.

Race 1

We start the day off with a Class 3 over the mile.

Seduction Queen (4) looks well placed here on a firm track. Ben Thompson will ride for the Steven O’Dea and Matthew Hoysted yards.

Whitewater (6) could wash them all away – trained by David Vandyke and Jim Byrne will ride. I think that he will be better on top of the ground and will appreciate the mile.

Lethal Warning (9) and Bold Pedro (2) could fill the placings.


4 – Seduction Queen
6 – Whitewater
9 – Lethal Warning
2 – Bold Pedro

Race 2

A sprint over 1200 metres.

Steven O’Dea & Matt Hoysted have two solid chances here in Uncommon James (10) and Tara Jasmine (9). Uncommon James (10) resumes from a 54-week spell and has Ben Thompson aboard. Two solid recent barrier trials would suggest that he is ready to step out and show his old form. It is possible that the O’Dea/Hoysted and Thompson combination could take out the first two races.

Tara Jasmine (9) did not handle the wet track and she is third up with William “The Wizard” Pike in the saddle. She has a tremendous strike rate third up and has been well supported firming from $16 to $7 since markets opened.

Kris Lees Racing has Redoute’s Image with Hugh Bowman to ride. This mare ran in a listed race last time out. I think she will be better placed here second up on the track. Commands respect at around $14.
Joy To All (7) is a lightly raced mare from the David Vandyke yards. An impressive record – 7 starts and 5 wins. Ryan Maloney will ride her again. She won nicely first up on her home track. Keep safe.

10 – Uncommon James
9 – Tara Jasmine
6 – Redoute’s Image
7 – Joy To All
Rough chance – (8) Mill Rossa

Race 3

2150 metres here – a few early scratchings – small field now.

Our Intrigue (1) is on the quick back up after running at the Ipswich Cup last week - ran a solid second in that race it looks well placed here with William Pike to ride for Chris Waller. I think he is too short in the market so I will be looking for value to beat him.

I like Rebel Rama (3) who is 4th up this weekend and looks well placed by trainer Marc Conners. Will have Tommy Berry aboard and has performed well at this distance - $5 on offer – he is the knockout here.

Elusive Jewel (5) ridden by Hugh Bowman is the only other runner that requires a mention.

This is a solid trifecta – box 1,3,5.


3 – Rebel Rama
1– Our Intrigue
5 – Elusive Jewel
9 – Little Mix
Rough chance – (4) Sweet Thomas

Race 4 Tattersalls Cup – Group 3

A race over 2400 metres at Group 3 level. Another small disappointing field.

I think the Chris Waller Racing runner Bonny Ezra (5) could upset them here after running very well in Sydney over the past few weeks. Last time out, ran second in the Winter Cup at Rosehill. He will race handy just behind the speed and with Tommy Berry aboard I think he looks ideally placed.

The favourite is Esti Feny (2) has been racing well over the Carnival and last time out in the Q22 was not disgraced with a solid fourth. Trained by Matthew Smith and Jason Collett aboard he commands respect.

London Banker (3) trained by Kelly Schweida is the best of the locals. Loves this track and will be in the race for a long way.


5 – Bonny Ezra
2 – Esti Feny
3 – London Banker
4 – Seat Of Power


A good sprint race at 1200 metres for the bush runners – a wonderful initiative from QLD Racing. Always difficult to line the form up for this race each year.

I like the chances of Justin Stanley and Olivia Cairns who combine with Ammoudi Bay (5). Just think that his runs have been spaced out nicely for this race and his recent barrier trial at the Gold Coast would suggest that he will race well after a five week freshen up.

V J Day (2) has posted a string of wins together and will be ridden to perfection by Gary Geran for trainer Pat Webster. Has raced previously on this track and gets in well at the weights and can run some time. If they go fast in front look for him to sit in behind the speed and surge late.

Ric McMahon comes back to Brisbane and partners the Todd Austin trained Star Of O’Reilly (1). McMahon has ridden this gelding eight times and has never been out of the money with 4 wins and 4 placings. Barrier 11 probably allows him to sit three pairs back in the box seat throughout the race.

Ahwahneechee (3) is trained by Raymond Williams and has an exceptional record in the bush. Paul Hamblin will ride. May need some luck from the hopeless barrier draw on 19.

I like a rough chance here to be ridden by “FAZ” – Nathan Fazackerley and trained by Dale Groves – Moscini (6). They forced their way into the field with a last start win at Nanango destroying a field by 7.3 lengths. Maybe they can replicate that effort here this weekend – GOOD LUCK FAZ!


5 – Ammoudi Bay
1 – Star Of O’Reilly
2 – V J Day
6 – Moscini
Rough chance – (3) Ahwahneechee

Race 6

This is the first leg of the Quaddie.

Chris Munce Racing has had some wonderful success in recent weeks, and I hope it continues here with Rhapsody Rose (1) to be ridden by Luke Tarrant. She has been racing very well and consistently over the past few weeks and gets her chance to breakthrough this weekend.

Tony Gollan trains Putontheredlight (5) who does get back in her racing, however, this weekend, I think that she may be suited by the speed in this race and could be powering home late down the outside with William Pike to ride.

Fetch (7) is another solid runner for the Steven O’Dea and Matt Hoysted training duo. She is always showed some ability and put it all together last start winning a mid-week ace with Ben Thompson. They combine again here and look difficult to beat.

Edmonds Racing have had a very quiet winter carnival in Brisbane. They train Burning Bell (8) who has won her past three starts. She has had a freshen up for four weeks now and comes here looking to win in town for the first time. Ryan Maloney will ride her here and she has been heavily backed since the markets have opened. This stable rarely misses when they back their runners.


1 – Rhapsody Rose
5 – Putontheredlight
7 – Fetch
8 – Burning Bell
Rough chance – (11) Miss Tambo

Race 7

The two-year old’s over 1400 metres at Listed level.

Barry Lockwood presented a nice one here last start with Johnny Rocker (2) who led all the way and gave nothing else a chance in the Oxlade. That was his second career run and he looked like he had plenty of improvement left in him. Sam Collett will ride him again. If he gets his own way in front again, he looks very hard to beat.

Steven O’Dea and Matt Hoysted have an opinion of their chance here – Stroll (8) with William Pike to ride. She won the Bill Carter last time out in what was a dominant performance. She really thrived on the firm surface and I expect this weekend, with the extra distance, that she will be extremely competitive here.

Do not overlook the chances of the Kelly Schweida runner Tyresa (9) who has been running in Group races in her past few starts. I think that this distance is her pet distance and with the speed on in this race look for her to be flashing down the outside late at a huge price - $19 – Larry Cassidy will ride.

Snowden Racing have Metallicity (4) in the race with Tommy Berry to ride. Was heavily supported last time out before blowing out in the markets. There have been several gear changes this week and I expect that the extra distance will suit him here. He is rude odds for mine at around $10 – I really think that he could upset them in this race given any luck.


8 – Stroll
2 – Johnny Rocker
9 – Tyresa
4 – Metallicity


The feature race over 1400 metres at Group 1 level.

Gai Waterhouse won her 150th win in the TAB STRADBROKE a fortnight ago here with Alligator Blood. Can she claim 151st Group One win with Shout The Bar (2). This mare has been racing on wet tracks in NSW and she doesn’t like them at all. She has had an eight week freshen up and a recent trial. I just think she is the way to go here with Ryan Maloney to ride. She has won two Group 1 races previously and is strong at the mile distance. Granted that this race is over 1400 metres, but she could be the one hanging tough late as the others are struggling. Her recent trial at Randwick was a good hit out in preparation for this race and she does race well fresh.

Annavisto (3) has been solid as well in her Sydney efforts and has had two trials in QLD. She will race forward here from barrier 11 and she does have a wonderful record at 1400 metres with 9 starts – 4 wins and 3 placings. Rachel King takes the ride for the Michael Kent & Mick Price yards – would be a great training effort if she can win.

Snapdancer (1) comes off a win in the Group 1 Sangster Stakes at Morphettville and has had a peculiar seven week freshen up for this race by the Victorian trainers – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace. Ethan Brown will ride her again here. Despite the odd lead up to this race we all know that this stable has their runners ready to peak for these big races. She must be placed right in the mix here.

Chris Waller Racing has four runners in the race, and I think that the best of them is Written Beauty (12) to be partnered by Jimmy Orman. It would be awesome to see Orman win his first Group 1. He currently sits on top of the QLD Jockeys Premiership for this current season, and he has been riding in amazing form. This mare has been luckless in her barrier draws and has drawn terrible again in barrier 18 here. She will need some luck in the running – but she gets back and has a super finish – despite not winning at 1400 metres she gives me the impression that she will run it out.

Chris Munce – what a few weeks he has had winning feature race after feature race. Palaisipan (14) stormed home along the rail in the Dane Ripper (Group 2) here a fortnight ago. Luke Tarrant keeps the ride after an amazing effort last time. He has come back from adversity and despite all “the WINNO smack” really, I think shut some of the armchair critics’ mouths with what was a well thought out ride when he got her home. She was strong through the line and let’s look at her stats at 1400 metres – 4 starts – 3 wins and a second. She is going to right in the finish and with State of Origin on Sunday night it would be a wonderful story for Luke to get a Group 1 in blue silks and then celebrate with me with NSW win the second match in Perth. (Sorry mate – more “smack”).

Startantes (16) has drawn well here and probably will finally get a race run to her liking with some serious speed engaged here. She will thrive with the fast tempo and should be at her peak to get home late out wide here. Jason Collett will ride her here – he has ridden her previously for the Robert Heathcote Racing team and knows her well.


2 – Shout The Bar
3 – Annivisto
1 – Snapdancer
12 – Written Beauty
Rough chances – (14) Palaisipan & (16) Startantes & (9) Wandabaa

Race 9

The last race is over 1200 metres at Group 3 level – the WJ Healey Stakes. The curtains come down on the 2022 Brisbane Winter Carnival!

Snowden Racing have two solid chances here in the last race – Ranges (4) who won last time out here in a dominating performance. Ryan Maloney will ride here – granted that he goes up on class but note the way he got the job done last time.

King Of Sparta (8) resumes here and always races well fresh – Tommy Berry has jumped off Ranges (4) to ride this one – has he pulled the right reign? This gelding is only a three-year-old with plenty of upside and looks ideally placed on the minimum here.

Baller (1) won a Group 2 race here three weeks ago. Deserves the top weight. Gollan Racing train and Hugh Bowman will ride him again. He must be respected.

Shooting For Gold (5) is another runner that cannot be overlooked - will appreciate the tempo of the race. William Pike has another nice ride here in the last race and could have a massive day in the saddle.

Juan Diva (13) was a late scratching when the track at Ipswich last weekend served up a dubious surface. She will need some luck from barrier 15, however, she will thrive on a firm surface and $15 is just silly odds. Keep her in your exotics for mine. Jason Collett will ride her.


4 – Ranges
8 – King Of Sparta
1 – Baller
5 – Shooting For Gold
Rough chance – (13) Juan Diva

Jockeys Challenge

Hugh Bowman, Ben Thompson, William Pike and Tommy Berry have some nice rides. I think that WIZARD (William Pike) will win it.

Early Quaddie (races 2 to 5)

6,9,10 / 1,3 / 2,3,5 / 1,2,5 - cost is $54 to $1

Value Early Quaddie (races 2 to 5)

9,10 / 1,3 / 2,5 / 1,5 - cost is $6 to $1

Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

1,5,7,8 / 2,4,8,9 / 1,2,3,12,14 / 1,4,5,8,13 - cost is $400 to $1

Value Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

1,5 / 2,4,8,9 / 1,2,3,14 / 4,8,13 - cost is $96 to $1

Treble (races 7 to 9)

2,4,8,9 / 1,2,3,12,14 / 1,4,5,8,13 - cost is $100 to $1


The battle continues this weekend with WINNO and FLEMO. WINNO won last weekend, but FLEMO has been crowing since the dirty QLDers beat my mighty NSW in Game 1 in Origin. I think he will be in bed early Sunday night having nightmares after NSW smash his QLD team. For the record NSW by 8 and Man of the Match will be Isaah Yeo.

Be sure to check the up to date and amended tips each Saturday morning on Facebook after any track changes and scratchings where I will post our selections and any late mail!

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