Tsaritsa clinches hat-trick in Queensland Guineas

Chris Waller will let the dust settle before committing to a Group One mission for Queensland Guineas winner Tsaritsa.

Tsaritsa (Dane Shadow x Xaars Jewel) QLD Guineas 2016

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Tsaritsa, the $4 favourite, emerged from the ruck with a barnstorming finish to win the Guineas by a neck from Denmagic ($18).

Waller took a cautious approach when asked whether Tsaritsa will remain in Queensland for the Group One Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 25.

“We’ll have a look at the Tiara but I want to see how the older horses perform in the Stradbroke and weigh a few things up,” Waller said.

“The market will tell us if it’s a realistic goal to keep her here for the Tiara or whether we set some long term goals for her.”

While loath to compare Tsaritsa with his champion mare Winx, Waller was lavish in his praise for the filly after she made it a hat-trick of wins in the Guineas.

“I know she’s won her past three starts, but you could easily make a case she should nearly be unbeaten,” he said.

“In a few of her earlier races she had absolutely no luck and her record looks good now but could be even better.”

Waller said the Group One Epsom Handicap, won last year by Winx, is an option worth serious consideration for Tsaritsa during the spring carnival.

Champion jockey Joao Moreira gave Brisbane racegoers a glimpse of the form which saw him claim the Hong Kong jockeys premiership.

Moreira rode Tsaritsa patiently before bringing the filly home with a well-timed finish in the final 100 metres to win.

“She’s a good, tough filly and typical of the way Chris Waller trains his horses,” Moreira said.

Tsaritsa (Dane Shadow x Xaars Jewel)

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