Miss Cover Girl returned to her very best winning the G1 Tattersall's Tiara for fillies and mares over 1400m at Eagle Farm on Saturday; ridden to perfection by champion jockey Damian Browne Miss Cover Girl was always in a great spot on an Eagle Farm track on which horses had to be much closer to the outside rail than the inside rail to be any chance of winning. It was a great training effort by Kelly Schweida to have Miss Cover Girl produce a career-high performance after having not won a race since the P.J. Bell Stakes at Randwick in May 2015. The favourite Azkadellia was gallant in-defeat making up many lengths in the straight to finish second while Sultry Feeling returned to form with a good third.
The G3 Tattersall's Cup over 2200m was won in strong style by the Chris Waller-trained Index Linked; at his previous start Index Linked could only manage to finish fifth to Benzini in the Brisbane Cup a fortnight earlier but he had no trouble turning the tables on Benzini which finished a disappointing fourth. Index Linked had not won a race since last year's Caloundra Cup but given a great ride from Hugh Bowman Index Linked proved too strong for Tucanchoo and Malice. None of these gallopers will ever set the world on fire but Tucanchoo did well at his first start in open company and he should continue to be very competitive against similar opposition.
It was a two-horse war in the straight between Into The Red and Saluter in the G3 W.J. Healy Stakes over 1200m; the Kelso Wood-trained Into The Red always looked the likely winner but Saluter refused to surrender and Into The Red had to pull-out all stops to prevail by a nose. The problematic state of the Eagle Farm track was emphasised when trainer John O'Shea attempted to scratch his runner Mogador for no other reason than it drew barrier one; the stewards refused O'Shea's request and Mogador finished a distant third. Into The Red has won two of his three starts after a long spell and he should continue to be competitive in his future runs this preparation. Saluter did very well at his first start for six weeks and he can find a winnable race in the not too distant future.
The other black-type winners at Eagle Farm were Tales Of Grimm in the Spear Chief Handicap over 1500m, Feltre in the Giles & Co. Chartered Accountants Handicap over 1830m, Cellarman in the Wintergarden Stakes for 2-Y-O over 1400m and Sold For Song in the Daybreak Lover for 3-Y-O over 1400m. Chris Waller took the training honours with a treble, Tales Of Grimm, Cellarman and Index Linked and Waller also provided the quinella in the Spear Chief with Amovatio running second to Tales Of Grimm.
In the Spear Chief won by Tales Of Grimm the short-priced favourite Hopfgarten was a rank failure finishing a distant fifth after he cruised to victory against similar opposition at his previous start on the same track; a post-race veterinary examination of Hopfgarten revealed no significant abnormalities. As with most other failures in Australian racing this is as far as the stewards' investigation into Hopfgarten's failure will go.
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