Sydney’s leading jockey Hugh Bowman is certain Red Tracer is a Group 1 horse after she ploughed through the heavy Rosehill track to take out the Group 3 $125,000 De Bortoli Wines Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) today.
Red Tracer was sent out the $1.50 favourite and didn’t let her backers down as she keep her wet track record perfect and never looked in any danger of defeat at any stage of the race.
Bowman was able to position her just behind the leaders in the small field and once heads were turned for home he eased to the middle of the track and let her cruise to a two and a quarter length win over Crafty Irna and Older Than Time.
“It was nice to see her do it that way,” Bowman said, “She is a group one filly, she hasn’t won one yet and she may not but she is up to that company and that is what she needs to be doing to be competitive in a Coolmore (Classic).
“Chris’s horses are good here, they train on the course proper, they know when to pick up, Montana Flyer was just dropping off and (Red Tracer) was just getting into gear.
“It is a nice feeling and a privilege to ride horses like her.”
Bowman is certain that Red Tracer will make the next step and be a force in the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 24.
Winning trainer Chris Waller was full of praise for the tiny Red Tracer after she made a one act affair of the Millie Fox and is hoping the rain comes again on Coolmore Classic day.
“She is (tiny), obviously a full sister to Shellscrape and she was similar, and full of heart, and they winners races by being consistent, like she has been.”
“There is no such thing as an easy win, I don’t care what horse you are, whether it is Black Caviar or a maiden at Kembla, they are all hard to win regardless of prices, you still have to do it and she did it very well.”