Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. That saying has followed Red Tracer around for a while now but she finally put it to rest with a stunning win in the $500,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall's Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Chris Waller-trained mare had run a number of placings in some quality group 1’s over the past few seasons and she was on target to retire without a ‘big one.’ Only this past autumn she ran narrow seconds in the Coolmore Classic and Queen of the Turf but her day finally came.
Ridden by Nash Rawiller, Red Tracer jumped well from a wide draw before Rawiller eventually got the mare three wide just off the heels of the leaders in fifth place. It didn’t look like the ideal way to break a group 1 hoodoo.
Rawiller slowly edged closer to the lead as the field rounded the turn and passing the 300m was a length of the lead, then approaching the 200m he asked for her best effort and Red Tracer gave her career best.
By the 100m she was two lengths in front of her rivals and the race was beyond doubt with Waller no doubt relieved in the stand.
On the line Red Tracer held a two and a quarter length advantage over Streama (Bowman) with only a short head to Floria (NZ) (Nolen) in third place. The overall time was 1.24.20 with the last 600m run in 36 flat.
“I didn’t have to work too hard on this one, she was right, had her game face on,” Rawiller said. “It is a tremendous effort by Chris and all the team there at the Waller camp.
“It is very satisfying, she is a lovely mare and there was no more deserving horse in the race.
“She is only little and she is such a bulldog. I am just so wrapped that she could win today, I have never ridden a more deserving horse in a race like this.
“It’s nice to win (group 1 races) and it caps off a pretty good six months.”
“Everybody knows she has been around the mark in some very good group 1 races throughout her career and she is a very good horse,” Waller said.
“There is no more deserving horse and I don’t think there would be a person here who would deny her that.
“The only blot in the book (this time in) was the Doncaster, she just never really got into the race that day, she freshened up well, obviously won well the other day and she is just a class horse.”
Red Tracer is by Dane Shadow out of the Snippets mare Kismet and is owned by Geoff and Mary Grimish. Her record stands at 12 wins and 11 minors from 29 starts and importantly, one of those victories is now a group 1.