||WFA for fillies and mares
Prompt Response ($4.20)
The Tattersalls Tiara, referred to by most as the Tatts Tiara, is the final Group One race of not just the Brisbane Winter Carnival, but also the Australian racing season. It is a race for the girls, with some of Australia's best fillies and mares over a shorter distance heading up to Brisbane for the season's last crack at Group One glory.
First run in 1989, the Tatts Tiara was known as the Winter Stakes up until 2011. From 2007 onwards, the race has held Group One status, during which some of this country's best female horses have etched their name onto the honour roll.
However, the most famous winner of the race is Dane Ripper, who saluted in 1997. She went on to win the Cox Plate a few months after her win in this race, demonstrating that the Tatts Tiara can springboard horses onto bigger and better things.
Having said that, the Tatts Tiara is a top race in its own right, as well as one of the jewels in the Eagle Farm crown. The 1400 metre start sees the gates open on the back straight. With a lengthy run before hitting the sweeping bend into the home straight, jockeys have every possible chance to find a good spot for their mount.
Both the 2017 and 2018 editions of the race were run over the slightly shorter distance of 1350 at Doomben Racecourse. This was due to the refurbishments and subsequent problems with the Eagle Farm turf.
The Tatts Tiara has posed challenges for punters in recent times. Six of the previous ten winners have started in double-figure odds, while the shortest-priced winner paid a generous $4.20. This is a testament to the quality of the race, with a big field of classy runners regularly lining up.
2018 Tattersalls Tiara
Last year's edition saw 2017 runner-up Prompt Response go one better and get the chocolates for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
Blake Shinn cut the corner at the top of the straight, where Prompt Response accelerated out to a big lead. And despite the best efforts of a fast-finishing Shillelagh, Prompt Response had too much petrol in the tank and held on.