Tattersall’s Tiara Tips - Godolphin hold strong hand

William Buick rides Pohutukawa to victory at Flemington

A win in Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm would see James Cummings claim the title of most successful Godolphin Australia trainer in a season with nine Group 1 wins among 145 victories. 

Cummings saddles up three strong chance in Savatiano, Multaja and Pohutukawa, and each have posted last start benchmark (BM) figures to be respected.

Among the field of 18 fillies and mares, eight horses have posted BM figures that are far superior to their opposition.

Horses to have gone well above BM last start are: Spright (9.6L), Princess Posh (10L), Irithea (8.4L), Eckstein (7.2L), Savatiano (10.2), Multaja (8.1L), Pohutukawa (8.1L), Baccarat Baby (8.4L).
Of course, this is only a baseline, and there are many factors to take into consideration. 

For example, a very slow early speed makes it impossible for a horse to post impressive overall BM figures, and for that reason, Noire and Siren’s Fury must be considered on their last start efforts behind Invincibella in the Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm.

That pair went 14.1 and 16.3 lengths below BM to the 600m but then came home 14.3 and 13.9 lengths above BM for the final 600m. 

While the overall performances rated 0.2 lengths above and 2.4 lengths below standard, the final sectionals were outstanding with Noire running the quickest final 600m (33.44) and 200m (11.36) for the entire meeting.

Noire drops 1.5kg on that effort and rates a rough hope if the race is run to suit. 

However, the horse I want to focus on is Cummings’ three-year-old Medaglia D'oro filly Pohutukawa. 

Other than last start where she went 8.1 lengths above BM over 1600m, her two previous best BM performances were over 1400m where she went 10.2 lengths above BM at Flemington, and 6.2 lengths above BM in the Group 1 Surround Stakes at Randwick where she looked unlucky behind Nakeeta Jane. 

And as for unlucky, Pohutukawa was a tragedy beaten last start and clearly should have run a PB instead of finishing 3rd. 

She was held in a pocket in the Queensland Guineas and lost all momentum halfway down the straight before picking herself up again, getting clear and charging home to run 11.64 for her final 200m which was only one length slower than Noire.

She only hit her straps in the final 100m after being interrupted yet she still ran such good time over a longer trip.

Blake Shinn retains the ride and will be keen to make amends from 5, and with a touch of luck in the straight, she can finish best to score. 


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Tattersall’s Tiara Tips - Godolphin hold strong hand

A win in Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm would see James Cummings claim the title of most successful Godolphin Australia trainer in a season with nine Group 1 wins among 145 victories.

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