Tara Takes Group 1 Tiara
Jun 25, 2017
The final Group 1 race of the season went the way of Written Tycoon's Tycoon Tara who led every step of the way under Kerrin McEvoy in Saturday's $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben.
It was McEvoy's ninth winner at the highest level this season, second only to Hugh Bowman. Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Tycoon Tara's form had tailed off from earlier in the season when she won the Group 1 Missile Stakes and Group 2 Golden Pendent.
The 6yo mare has failed to place in her past four starts and she looked to be marking time to retirement in the spring.
At her top she was the class runner of the race and fans that stuck solid were rewarded with a price of 20/1.
McEvoy was gifted the lead and not pressured throughout the run. The daughter of Written Tycoon still had plenty to offer when the consistent three-year-old filly Prompt Return staked a claim.
But the daughter of Beneteau could get no closer than a long-head at the finish with the favourite In Her Time a courageous third, three-quarter of a length back after a troubled run.
With her sixth stakes win and the first at the highest level, Tycoon Tara advances her record to 10 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds from 32 starts with earnings of $1,173,370.
"I'm really glad we pushed on because at one stage I was prepared to pull the pin on her, I was worried she didn't want to compete anymore," co-trainer Peter Snowden said.
"But I saw her last week and I thought it was the best she had looked in a long time."
Bred and part-owned by Tony Krushka, Tycoon Tara is the third of four foals left by the four-time Melbourne winning Encores mare Mosstara, before her death in November 2014. Her granddam Finest Star, is a half-sister to the dam of King's Stand Stakes winner Godswalk (IRE).
Tycoon Tara has been the standout performer for Written Tycoon this season.
Words: Breednet Image: Bradley Photographers