Tatt’s Tiara: Craig Williams makes right decision as Tofane captures back-to-back Group 1 wins

It pays to go along with your head over your coronary heart, not less than if you happen to’re Craig Williams.

The star jockey capped off a golden winter aboard Tofane in Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara, including a second Group 1 to the mare’s resume in a matter of weeks after they mixed to take out the Stradbroke Handicap a fortnight earlier.

Heading into the race Williams was compelled to make a decision between Tofane and Brooklyn Hustle.

While his coronary heart led him to Brooklyn Hustle, his head dragged him in direction of Tofane and it paid dividends when she bolted in forward of Nudge and Sweet Deal.

“That’s why I employ my manager. He said ‘Craig, you can’t go with your heart in this situation, you have to go with your head’,” Williams mentioned.

“We made the call, as tough as it was and it has paid off.”

With Victorians locked out of Queensland till just lately, Williams has based mostly himself within the Sunshine State for greater than a month and has made each put up a winner since.

Spending his spare time studying the sport of rugby league, the champion jockey jokes he’s as Queensland as XXXX Gold or Bundaberg Rum now, however it is going to come to an finish on Sunday when he flies again to Melbourne.


“It is very hard to go home,” he mentioned.

“They’re right what they say ‘there are two types of Australians’ (those in Queensland and those not).

“The prizemoney on (offer), the quality of horses, trainers and jockeys here shows it has been worth it.

“With all those things on offer and the support of my family, it has been incredible, I was really lucky.

“I am on the plane 7.05am tomorrow with dad, I had to bring him up because Sydney is locked down and my valet was there.”

(*1*)Craig Williams holds the Tattersall's Tiara trophy aloft. Trackside Photography
Camera IconCraig Williams holds the Tattersall's Tiara trophy aloft. Trackside Photography Credit: Supplied

Heavily supported in betting, Williams parked Tofane within the excellent place simply off the pace earlier than presenting her to get to the higher a part of the observe.

With quite a few the winners coming down the skin, Williams coaxed Tofane in direction of the skin rail within the straight and put the writing on the wall early.

“We didn’t want to complicate it,” he mentioned.

“I went from being in a perfect position to being exposed but then it gave me options.

“I didn’t want to disappoint her, I trusted her and she travelled sweetly. Basically I had to convince her to come a little bit wider.

“We have tools of the trade to encourage horses and it is very easy to ride a horse of her ability with the form she was in today.

“I walked the track with my competitor Michael Cahill just before the race, so thank you to my team around me, Mike Moroney and Lilly who has been up here with the horse.”

Grabbing her third Group 1 victory, it marks a exceptional comeback for Tofane who was set to go below the hammer on the Magic Millions broodmare sale forward of the Stradbroke earlier than a last-minute decision from connections to maintain her was made.

With an extra two Group 1’s below her belt, the Ocean Park mare has considerably elevated her worth with connections not ruling out promoting her sooner or later.

Bush triumph tonic for earlier heartbreak

Rather Salubrious has delivered an emotion-charged victory for Dalby coach David Reynolds who knocked again approaches from big-name jockeys to place his religion in Wendy Peel to journey within the Battle of the Bush.

The mare was friendless in betting at $14, however she was capable of maintain off Bollente and Ahwahneechee to seize the $200,000 prize at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Reynolds, who was in tears put up race mentioned Saturday’s success was simply the largest win of his profession after he was left heartbroken following the primary working of the race in 2018.

“We had Music Scene here in the first Battle of the Bush and he was an emergency,” he mentioned. “We were confident if he could get in, then he got in and got galloped on and ran last, we were heartbroken and didn’t know what to do.

“What a concept, this is a dream, it has been for three years.

“I go to the bush everyday and win, we love it out there so we’re not interested in the provincials. We have great friends out there.

“I thought this mare could win the country cups and here we are.”

Wendy Peel rides Rather Salubrious to victory in the Battle of the Bush at Eagle Farm. Trackside Photography
Camera IconWendy Peel rides Rather Salubrious to victory within the Battle of the Bush at Eagle Farm. Trackside Photography Credit: Supplied

Earlier within the week Reynolds joked he couldn’t put star jockey Hugh Bowman on as a result of he couldn’t decide to driving a lead-up race in Chinchilla for him.

On Saturday, his religion in Peel was rewarded after she cooly guided the mare to victory in a ding-dong battle up the straight.

“I was very confident but then I was worried when she wasn’t travelling at the 600m, usually she is just travelling,” Reynolds mentioned.

“Wendy Peel, just outstanding. Angela Jones, she got her here, they are awesome people.

“Those girls at home do all the hard work, I’m just the head man.”

An emotional Peel additionally paid tribute to Jones, who certified Rather Salubrious at Goondiwindi final month.

“It is so special, I don’t get many opportunities in town,” she mentioned.

“For David Reynolds to have the faith in me today because he said he wanted someone who knows her.

“Angela Jones did a fantastic job getting her qualified. These bush trainers do all the miles, they are travelling long distances each weekend for these horses.”



Incentivise roared into favouritism for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups after demolishing his rivals within the Tattersall’s Cup (2400m). The Steve Tregea-trained galloper was six occasions as fashionable as some other runner within the race and held 64 per cent of the full funding.

BETS: Incentivise $11,900 @ $1.45, $18,000 @ $1.35


The robust cash all day recommended Tofane can be too robust within the SKY Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m). Going round practically twice as fashionable as the rest within the race, Tofane was crunched from $4.80 within the morning to start out at $3.60. She had bottomed out at $3.30 simply minutes out from the soar.

Subpoenaed ($9-$11) was a drifter on the day however was nonetheless the second hottest runner by way of cash held, whereas Nudge ($12-$17) and Odeum ($5.50) had been the one others to carry six figures.

BETS: Tofane $3000 @ $3.70, $2000 @ $3.60, $4249 @ $3.40, $3,000 @ $3.40, $1500 @ $3.40, $1500 @ $3.30; Nudge $1000 x $2,000 e/w @ $19/$4.60; Savatiano $1000 @ $7 MULTIPLE TIMES; Madam Rouge $2000 @ $19


In a really aggressive affair, Away Game went round as the preferred runner within the W.J Healy Stakes (1200m). The Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace runner was $5-$4.20 on the day and was simply one among two runners to carry six figures with TAB Fixed Odds. Jen Rules ($5-$4.40) was the opposite. Overall, Away Game was liable for 25 per cent of the full funding.

Of the others, Bella Nipotina ($8.50) was a notable firmer all week having been double figures when markets opened.

BETS: Away Game $1500 @ $5, $1200 @ $5, $1000 @ $5, $1000 @ $4.80

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