Tough Sydney mare Red Tracer will eye her first Group 1 win in two weeks time after scoring back to back wins in the $200,000 Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Red Tracer and Nash Rawiller burst clear, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Chris Waller-trained runner has come agonisingly close to that elusive Group 1 win and looks on target now after holding on for hard fought win over 1400m.
Settling behind a strong tempo set by Steps In Time, Nash Rawiller gave Red Tracer a terrific run throughout, taking the lead over the final 150m to score a narrow win over Floria (NZ) in second with Arctic Flight running a big race for third.
The official margin were a head by a head. The overall time was 1.22.74 with the last 600m covered in 35.6.
The five-year-old mare, who was only narrowly beaten in two Group 1 races throughout the autumn, will now head to the Tatts Tiara in two weeks time and after a strong effort on Saturday will take plenty of beating.
The daughter of Dane Shadow was a close fourth in the Tiara last year but Waller is confident she can get the job done this time around.
“If there has ever been a Group 1 horse that hasn’t won on, surely it is her,” said Chris Waller.
“In my heart she is a Group 1 horse and she has gone down by the barest of margins with big weights in some really good Group 1 races but she will get her turn.
“It was a gem of a ride, we went into the race with two plans the first plan was to ride her quiet unless she jumped very well which she did and Nash (Rawiller) elected to ride her forward.
“The last 100m was tough but she did have a big weight.”
Nash Rawiller who had not ridden the mare since winning the Millie Fox Stakes in the Autumn said if there is rain around in two weeks time she is the one to beat.
“She is a tough little critter,” Rawiller said.
“She is just a model of consistency and if we get a bit of rain in couple week’s time she will be the one to beat.
“I knew 25 metres out we were in a bit of trouble and I know it’s only three strides but she found enough it was good and she wanted to win.”