Doomben move confirmed for 2017 Tattersall’s Tiara

By: Mark Mazzaglia
May 31st, 2017

Racing Queensland have confirmed that the 2017 Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1350m) will be run at Doomben on June 24.

Newcastle mare In Her Time, above, is heading towards the G1 Tattersall's Tiara. Photo by Steve Hart.

Newcastle mare In Her Time, above, is heading towards the G1 Tattersall’s Tiara. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Tattersall’s Tiara Race Day is the last of the major Brisbane Winter Carnival meetings to be transferred to Doomben because of the overwhelming criticism of the way the substandard Eagle Farm track performed on Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup Race Day last Saturday.

The Queensland Oaks meeting this Saturday and the Stradbroke Handicap Race Day on June 10 have already been rescheduled to be run at Doomben instead of at their traditional home at Eagle Farm.

A meeting between Racing Queensland, Tattersall’s Racing Club and the Brisbane Racing Club resolved that the Tattersall’s Tiara would be run at Doomben.

“Doomben offers a more suitable surface than Eagle Farm for Group 1 racing at this time, and we are very grateful for the co-operation of the TRC Committee given the circumstances which are beyond their control,” RQ CEO Dr Eliot Forbes said.

“Racing Queensland is committed to providing the outcomes that are in the best interests of the industry as a whole.

“We thank all stakeholders and participants for their support during the Racing Carnival and we look forward to hosting many successful racing events across the state in the coming months and years.”

TRC president Scott McAlpine agreed with the decision to move their showpiece Winter Carnival meeting from Eagle Farm to Doomben.

“Tattersall’s Racing Club accepts the direction given by Racing Queensland and agrees racing at Doomben is a more suitable option than Eagle Farm at this time,” McAlpine said.

“Tattersall’s Racing Club Committee is grateful the BRC Committee has approved our premier race day of the year to be conducted at Doomben on 24 June.”

Newcastle trainer Ben Smith is aiming his high class mare In Her Time towards the Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) and the Tattersall’s Tiara.

 The 2015 Tattersall’s Tiara was run at the Gold Coast while the Eagle Farm track was undergoing a complete redevelopment.

 

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