Corey Brown knows what it takes to win the Tattersall’s Tiara, he did it just last year when it was known as the Winter Stakes.
It was Melito which did the damage for him in 2010 and while she may no longer be in the racing picture, his new horse is well and truly in the mix.
Beaded won the Doomben 10,000 two starts back and in the process claimed her maiden Group 1.
She was a big chance to go back to back as well but she was narrowly run down by Sincero last start in the Stradbroke Handicap.
The Tattersall’s Tiara then is her final opportunity of the season to snatch another Group 1 title and on paper she is a massive threat.
The Tattersall’s Tiara is a fillies and mares event so given how successful she’s been in running with the boys, back with the girls she’s going to be very hard to beat.
Brown will be very happy to get back on Beaded who was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy last start in the Stradbroke.
Bronw himself was on Woorim and finished around four lengths away in seventh in a race which just didn’t suit his tempo.
“I’m not bagging Kerrin, but she got left in front way too soon in the Stradbroke,” Brown said of McEvoy’s ride in the Stradbroke.
“Nothing took him into the race.
“If you reverse the positions, I reckon she beats the other horse (Sincero).
“She is a horse you’ve got to time your run perfectly on – get there real late; she gets there early and thinks it is over, the job is done and she clocks off.”
Brown certainly knows what he’s talking about, he was aboard her for the Doomben 10,000 win where she only just just held on over the top of Love Conquers All.
“It was the first time I’d ridden her in a race,” Brown said.
“I’d ridden her in one trial and I know why Peter Snowden loves her so much.
“She is not tiny, tiny but there is nothing of her.
“She has a great motor, it is revving at 110 per cent every time she steps out to race.
“She is not flamboyant, she is dead-set a tough racehorse.”
There’s a bit of pressure on Brown, earlier in the year he declared that he could catch Luke Nolen in the Group 1 jockeys premiership.
Given Nolen’s association with Black Caviar many deemed that impossible, but a win on Saturday would join him with Nolen on seven apiece.
“It has been a super year already,” Brown said.
“I’ve had six Group 1 winners on totally different horses for totally different trainers.
“Generally through the year, you’ll get a few wins, win a few on the same horse – I had Apache Cat a couple of years ago, and won five Group 1’s on him.”
All up Black caviar has accounted for five of Nolen’s Group 1 victories this season.
In fact Nolen has missed out on her just once this season when he wasn’t chosen to pilot her in the Patinack Farm Classic late last year.
His other Group 1 wins came from Lights Of Heaven in the Schweppes Oaks at Morphettville and Typhoon Tracy in the CF Orr Stakes.
Many would argue Brown’s six winners on six horses for six different trainers is a better effort, but as he said he has enjoyed a dominant partnership before with Apache Cat.
His conquests this year read like a who’s who of Australian racing in the 2010 – 2011 season.
He started off with Gai Waterhouse and More Joyous in the George Main Stakes at Randwick during the Sydney Spring Carnival last September.
After that it was Joe Pride’s turn when Sacred Choice got up in the Myer Classic.
From there he claimed the Australian Cup with Mark Kavanagh’s former Melbourne Cup champion Shocking.
Rangirangdoo for Chris Waller got up in the George Ryder Stakes shortly followed by the Vinery Stud Stakes and Greg Hickman’s Mirjulisa Lass.
His latest winner of course Beaded for Peter Snowden and a double for that team would be an incredible end to an incredible season.
Beaded has actually been to the Tattersall’s Tiara before, she finished third behind Brown and Melito in last year’s race.
Larry Cassidy was the man aboard on that occasion and it was another game run a couple of lengths off the win.
Brown knows the horse, he knows the race and he knows he can win.
“This is right up her alley,” Brown said.
“I finished second on Melito in the Stradbroke last year.
“Black Piranha grabbed me in the last stride, and she came out and won the Winter Stakes.”