Tattersall’s Mile Preview by Todd Burmester
Tattersall’s day at Eagle Farm are genuinely tough betting days with open fields for most of the day. The Tatt’s mile is race 7 on the card and it is no exception.The top 3 in the market in early betting for the race are Mystical Grey, Hume and Work The Room.It’s fair to say that Mystical Grey brings good form into the race and probably deserves to be favourite, but he did fail in the Glasshouse Handicap last start, although that was on a slow track. Back to a dry track may make the difference, but I also do note that he has only won once over 1600m out of 6 attempts. He’s a fair risk in my opinion. There’s no doubting Hume is going incredibly well this campaign. His run first up was massive, and nobody missed it. His subsequent two runs have been good enough to give him his chance here, and his old form would blow this field away. He was always going to take a few runs to hit his best form, and 4th up here could do the trick. Some may think of him as a stayer, but he is twice a winner over the mile. Work The Room has been costly to favourite punters in Queensland, but does get a good weigh advantage here on some of the other more fancied runners. None of his runs up here have been ‘bad’ he just hasn’t won as the market has suggested he would. One more chance? Sophie’s Spirit will have its admirers in this race after a last start win and will be on the pace, but in my opinion doesn’t have the class of some of the others and is the lay of the race. I also give a decent chance in the race to some that are a little bit longer in the betting, in the shape of, Frozone, Meet George and Absent Friends. Frozone won the equivalent race on the last Tattersalls card at the end of June, and his run in Sydney last start was not too bad, he will carry 4kg more than his last Tatts win however. Meet George was not far from Woorim in the Glasshouse, and Absent Friends was well supported in betting last start and ran well. Overall, in what’s a very open race I will go, Hume to beat Meet George and Work The Room.