Red Tracer Earns Long-Sought Group I in Tiara
Red Tracer spurted into command in the final 100 meters and drew clear to an authoritative win June 22 at Eagle Farm in the Sky Racing Tattersall's Triple Tiara, Australia's final group I race of the season.
The 2 1/4-length victory over multiple group I winner Streama marked a breakthrough for the 5-year-old Dane Shadow mare. In nine previous starts in group I company, Red Tracer finished second twice and third once.
The race was wide open as the field entered the straight, but Red Tracer unleashed a burst of speed on cue from Nash Rawiller to assert herself and triumph.
Runner-up Streama outfinished Floria by a nose in a photo for second. Floria had brief lead in the late stages but Red Tracer flew past to win.
In providing trainer Chris Waller a ninth group I winner this season, Red Tracer completed 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) in 1:24.20 on a track officially rated as heavy.
Red Tracer finished a nose second to Appearance in the Tad Kennedy Coolmore Classic (Aus-I) in March and a half-length second to the same rival in the Queen of the Turf (Aus-I) in April. She entered the Tiara off a win over Floria in the Patinack Farm Dane Ripper Stakes (Aus-II) two weeks ago at Eagle Farm.
"Everyone knows she's been around the mark in a number of top-class races throughout her career and she's a very good horse," Waller told Australia's ABC News.
"There's no horse more deserving than her, and I don't think there would be a person here who would deny her that."
A half sister to group I winner Shellscrape, Australian-bred Red Tracer races as a homebred for G. L. Grimish. She is out of the winning Snippets mare Kisma and is among five group winners from six stakes winners overall for Dane Shadow. The 11-year-old son of Danehill has five crops racing and stands at Kitchwin Hills in the Isis Valley of Scone, New South Wales.
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