Tiara ready for Grafton crown

PROMISING Brookton Tiara returns home to Grafton today with trainer Phil McLeod hoping the filly can regain winning form.

The three-year-old made her debut for the McLeod stable with a dominant 1000m maiden win at Grafton on August 31 after two previous starts under Barry Lockwood at Tamworth.

Brookton Tiara headed to Newcastle on September 15 and had little luck before finishing seventh to Flying Attitude in a 1200m Class l event.

With Australia’s most prolific winning jockey Robert Thompson in the saddle, Brookton Tiara tackles the WHK Class 1 Handicap over 1200m.

McLeod, still on crutches courtesy of a broken leg, has been delighted with the filly’s progress despite the North Coast’s big wet.

“She probably lacks race fitness, she’s missed a bit of work, but I’m happy with her,” McLeod said.

“I wouldn’t be running her if I didn’t think she will be competitive.

“I didn’t know much about her when she first arrived, now she’s settled in and enjoying what she’s doing.

“I’ve only trot and cantered her, swum her but she hasn’t had any hard gallops due to the wet tracks. That’s the only problem.

“Against that, she’s definitely a nice filly . . . a racy type who looks to have a future,” McLeod said.

“Robert (Thompson) rang, that’s why he’s coming up. He wants to ride her.”

Brookton Tiara is raced by the Red Star Thoroughbreds syndicate, managed by Graham Fosse and Richard Chivells.

Brookton Fashion saddles up for McLeod and the same owners in the CRJC 1861-2010 Maiden (1400m).

The three-year-old filly by Quest For Fame made her debut when beaten under a length, after racing forward in a fast-run race, to Our Miss Madison over 1200m at Grafton on September 18.

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