Chief Sydney trainer Chris Waller has opted to avoid a tough clash with eight-time Group 1 winner More Joyous in this Saturday’s Golden Pendant with his Myer Classic 2012 hope Red Tracer, delaying the consistent mare’s return another week.
The daughter of Dane Shadow was originally going to make her five-year-old debut in the $250,000 Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend, but the presence of Gai Waterhouse’s superstar More Joyous in the race has scared off the competitors including Red Tracer.
Waller also decided the competition would be too tough first-up for Red Tracer in the other weekend feature for which she was nominated, the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Sunday.
“The other race (Rupert Clarke Stakes) was a bit of an afterthought. I would have gone there if it had been likely to be a slow track or if she had been set for the race,” Waller said.
“I don’t think it would have been the right way to start her preparation.”
Winner of the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes in the wet at Eagle Farm during the winter, the 2011 Epsom Handicap third place-getter was last seen running a close fourth when beaten only half a length by Pear Tart in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) on June 23.
She will now return Saturday week on Epsom Handicap Day at Royal Randwick in the $200,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) where she will face The Shorts absentee Rain Affair as she prepares for a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival raid.
Red Tracer’s main spring aim has been penciled in as the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Saturday November 3.
“Her target is the Myer Classic third-up,” Waller confirmed.
The 2012 Myer Classic has also been named as the new grand final goal for Robert Smerdon’s ace mare Mosheen who will bypass the Cox Plate after falling behind the eight ball after undergoing minor throat surgery earlier this year.
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