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Australian Racing: Tiara fits for Ruthless Dame

There is Group 1 action at Eagle Farm on Saturday with the 2023 running of the Tattersall's Tiara, while there are also two Group 3 events on the undercard.

There are also meetings at Caulfield, Randwick, Morphettville, Belmont and Ballarat among a total of 12 meetings on an action-packed day.

Race 7 Eagle Farm
Ruthless Dame @ 5.50

Race 3 Randwick
Wahine Toa @ 2.90

Race 2 Caulfield
Katsu @ 2.80

Ruthless approach to pay off

The feature race at Eagle Farm is a 1400m contest restricted to fillies and mares.

Opal Ride has shown good form at a lower level this time around and is expected to prove popular with punters.

The filly won over 1300m in Listed company in the Star Stakes on a good 4 track at Scone on her penultimate start.

While that is some way off what will be needed to win here, she showed up well in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes over 1300m here subsequently.

Trained by Luke Pepper she lacks top level racing experience and it can prove profitable to look elsewhere.

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s RUTHLESS DAME is the pick here, however, back racing against her own sex following a highly creditable fifth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap over this track and trip.

The 5.50 three-year-old caught the eye on that occasion, having been ridden from off the pace prior to finishing strongly to be beaten just over two-and-a-half-lengths on a good 4 track.

Similar underfoot conditions are expected here, while any softening of the ground would not inconvenience with the filly having taken out the Group 1 Robert Sangster over 1200m previously.

John Allen was on board in the Robert Sangster and gets the leg up here and a wide alley in 18 is unlikely to inconvenience given her running style.

Toa ready to step up in style

The Acy Stayer’s Cup, a Benchmark 90 event over 2600m is the longest race on the Randwick card.

The nine runner event is set to take place as the third race on the card with Strawberry Rock and WAHINE TOA vying for favouritism.

The former registered his first win since switching hemispheres when delivering a length victory in a 2400m Benchmark 78 handicap at Sandown Hillside earlier this month.

The six-year-old is a versatile type tactics-wise, but has raced towards the head of affairs on his two most recent starts and similar tactics are expected.

Stepping up in distance 2.90 stablemate Wahine Toa is preferred here following a second-place finish in a 2000m Benchmark 84 handicap at Flemington when racing first up.

The pick performed well when winning over 2500m at Moonee Valley back in December and is expected to appreciate the step up in distance he gets here.

A soft 5 track is no issue with the selection having shown good form on wet tracks in the past and having finished strongly last time out he is taken to make amends with a victory here..

Katsu to triumph

The second race on the Caulfield card is an interesting 1000m handicap event.

Grahame Begg sends out KATSU here with the gelding having won twice in handicap events prior to a third in a Listed handicap at Sandown Hillside just under a month ago.

That Sandown Hillside effort saw the three-year-old beaten by a neck in an eight-runner event held on a soft 6 surface.

Notably the runner-up on that occasion has won since, whilst the 2.80 pick remains open to improvement as he chases a fifth win from his last seven starts.

Blake Shinn takes the ride for the first time and looks capable of steering the son of Mikki Isle to victory. 

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