No Looking Back Returns in 2013 Carrington Stakes on Way to Magic Millions

Gai Waterhouse-trained filly No Looking Back will have her first race as a three-year-old in Tuesday’s Listed 2013 Carrington Stakes (1100m) which will serve as a stepping stone towards a start in the $1 million 2013 Magic Millions Guineas on January 12.

No Looking Back and Driefontein

No Looking Back (outside) returns on Tuesday in the Carrington Stakes

The daughter of Redoute’s Choice played no part in the spring after an excellent two-year-old campaign which saw her pick up $572,000 in prizemoney from four starts.

After winning on debut at Warwick Farm, No Looking Back headed to Queensland for the Magic Millions Classic where she was defeated by stablemate Driefontein in the $2 million juvenile feature.

She backed up that performance with another runner-up finish in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes before struggling when 10th in the Golden Slipper.

The lightly-raced filly has not raced since that day in April but has undergone two recent trials in order to prepare for Tuesday’s hitout.

If all things go to plan, No Looking Back will line up in the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas for which she is currently fourth favourite at bookmaker.com.au at $10.00.

But first she will have to get through Tuesday’s test which features an eight-horse field that includes Darley pair Skytrain and Soledad as well as the unbeaten Maroney Avenune.

Scone-based Maroney Avenue will be having his first start in the city after winning the first six starts of his career at provincial and country tracks.

Skytrain is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Razor Sharp Handicap but is likely to take improvement out of the first-up hitout while Soledad returns after a consistent winter and early spring campaign that saw him finish in the top three in all six outings.

Also contesting the Carrington Stakes are Queensland gelding The Ringmaster and the Nick Olive-trained Zaratone.

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Carrington Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x4352134x6 SKYTRAIN Peter Snowden TBA 6 58kg 99
2 318960×300 ZARATONE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 8 56.5kg 96
3 38x100226x MOTSPUR Kris Lees Blake Shinn 1 55.5kg 91
4 296101400x BALAVAN Chris Waller TBA 2 55.5kg 89
5 1220x NO LOOKING BACK Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 5 55.5kg 88
6 64x311222x SOLEDAD Peter Snowden TBA 7 55.5kg 86
7 2114x1253x THE RINGMASTER Tony Sears Corey Brown 3 55.5kg 83
8 1111x11x MARONEY AVENUE Rodney Northam Robert Thompson 4 55.5kg 82