Trainer Guy Walter will give the in-form Skyerush one last chance to win at Group 1 level when she lines up in the $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Walter is uncertain if the seven year old has another season left in her but her recent good Autumn form has earned her a place against the fillies and mares in the last Group 1 of the season.
“She’s a seven-year-old mare now and whether she will come back next season is not certain,” Walter said.
“But she deserves a chance to get a Group One.
Skyerush produced the best form of her career during the Autumn winning three of her four starts over the Sydney Carnival.
Walter gave Skyerush a short freshen after winning her second Group 2 $175,000 M. J. Bale Emancipation Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 27.
A Randwick barrier trial on May 27 has primed the mare for her Group 1 assignment which could very well be her last racetrack appearance.
Skyerush has performed well at her handful of starts at Group 1 level and Walter is hoping the mare can go one better than last year when second to John Thompson trained Pear Tart.
Walter is also thinking of backing up his Group 1 winner Streama following her gutsy third to Linton in the Group 1 $1.36m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8.
Streama was wearing the blinkers for the first time when she made up ground late in the straight and Walter will persevere with the same gear on Saturday.
“Streama will wear the blinkers like she did in the Stradbroke,” Walter said.
“I’m a little worried she might not have as much dash backing up after two weeks but she also deserves her chance.”
Both Skyerush and Streama will have to break the recent trend of fillies winning the last three years with Pear Tart, Yosei and Melito proving too strong for the older mares.
And again this year the three year olds have a strong chance with Pear Tart’s stablemate Peron emerging as one of the main chances after last week’s win in the Listed $100,000 Sky Racing World Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich.
Thompson has a great chance of saddling up the Tattersall’s Tiara winner two years in a row with the lightly raced Peron winning her sixth race from seven starts last weekend.
Peron’s only defeat was when Thompson tested her at 1600m at Doomben in February and he immediately sent the Husson filly for a spell after finishing third as a short priced favourite.
Peron handled the step up to Listed company with ease and Thompson has no hesitation in taking on the top fillies and mares at Group 1 level.
“She’s all over a better horse than Pear Tart and if she gets there in good shape next week she’ll give it a shake,” Thompson said.
“She’s all class and she’s shown that from day one.”