Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell was unaware Enchanted Heart had gained a start in Saturday’s G1 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara but now that she has, he believes she’ll perform far better than her long odds suggest.

The Kris Lees-trained mare gained an eleventh-hour call-up into the final G1 of the season at Eagle Farm on Saturday after the field limit was raised from 16 to 17 due to an amended rail position.

Originally to be +8m the entire course, the rail moves back to the +6m position from the 1000m to the 1600m, allowing an extra runner to take their place.

It sees Enchanted Heart ($51), who finished down the track last start in the G2 Dane Ripper Stakes, go from first emergency to gaining a start in the $700,000 feature for fillies and mares.

She is now set to exit Barrier 1 under local apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor.

Murrell was unaware the winner of eight from 25, including last year’s LR Takeover Target Stakes, had gained a start until SKY contacted him on Wednesday morning.

He will now be cheering two runners in the race with last start Moreton Cup runner-up Wandabaa ($13) drawn in Barrier 9.

“That’s outstanding,” a surprised Murrell said.

“I was just sitting down to look at the races now.”

Enchanted Heart boasts four wins from as many starts third-up.

After a slashing first-up fourth to Surreal Step after racing wide throughout at Randwick last month, Murrell believes she can be forgiven for her latest effort at Eagle Farm.

“Her first-up run was amazing and I think she was probably a little flat second up,” he said.

Wilson-Taylor is Brisbane’s leading apprentice this season and was handed his first G1 ride in last month’s Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm and will now get another opportunity on the biggest stage on Saturday.

He notched his 50th metropolitan winner for the season at Doomben on Wednesday. 

“Technically he’s still an apprentice but he doesn’t ride like one, he rides like a senior,” Murrell said.

“It’s a reward for how he’s been riding over the past few months and we know that he’s going to be more excited than an older jockey getting just another group one ride.”

Murrell is confident Wandabaa, who beat home Kementari when second to Baller in the Moreton Cup a fortnight ago, can give the race an almighty shake.

“It was a terrific run the other day and I’d say if ‘Special K’ was able to race in this he’d be close to favourite,” Murrell said.

“Her little quirk is she goes better on the outside of horses, so I don’t mind the draw.

“We won’t have to go right back but we will have the opportunity to make our run out wide.”

After touching $4 on Wednesday, Annavisto has drifted to $5 but remains favourite to win the Tiara for Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr.

The Chris Waller-trained Kiku has been backed from $17 into $11, while the lone filly Startantes is back out to $9.50 after getting to $8.50.


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