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Tiara looms large for in-form Gai's Choice


 Tiara looms large for in-form Gai's ChoiceSydney mare Gai’s Choice is almost certain to be rewarded for an impressive run of form with a Group One Tattersall’s Tiara start.

Trainer David Pfieffer said Gai’s Choice deserved a shot at Saturday’s Eagle Farm feature after she came through unscathed from her Gai Waterhouse Classic win.

“I’m pretty confident she’ll be heading to the Tiara because she has pulled up very well from Saturday,” the Warwick Farm trainer said.

“The way she won at Ipswich, the Tiara is the right step to take.”

Gai’s Choice has raced on a seven-day back-up once without success but Pfieffer says there were excuses.

“It was when she was a three-year-old and the race was on a wet track,” Pfieffer said.

Gai’s Choice is unbeaten in three starts since returning to Pfieffer’s care.

Meanwhile, a dual hemisphere Group One double could be on the cards for Peter Moody with Stradbroke Handicap winner Mid Summer Music a headline nomination for the Tiara.

She will be one of the Tiara favourites after her Stradbroke Handicap win while all eyes will obviously be on champion stablemate Black Caviar in the early hours of Sunday morning (AEST) when she contests the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Mid Summer Music formed part of a memorable day for Moody at Eagle Farm two weeks ago when the trainer claimed a Group One double with the Queensland Derby (Brambles) and Stradbroke Handicap as well as the Group Two Brisbane Cup with Lights Of Heaven.

There are 23 nominations for the Tiara, the last Group One of the Australian racing season.

Moody has also nominated So Pristine for the fillies and mares weight-for-age contest.

Leading Sydney trainer Peter Snowden has entered Divorces and Forfeiture.

There will also be a strong three-year-old presence, spearheaded by Melbourne fillies Shopaholic and Soft Sand.

Patinack Farm’s Queensland Guineas winner Pear Tart is also entered.