Broadmeadow trainer Kris Lees knows he’s got a lovely filly in Saturday’s 2013 Myer Classic with Sharnee Rose, but he’s also very wary of the danger Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner Red Tracer presents in the Flemington classic.
One of four elite level features of Victoria Derby Day this weekend, the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) attracted 15 nominations yesterday.
The top-rated of those is Red Tracer, winner of the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) in Brisbane during the winter.
An always-honest daughter of Dane Shadow, Red Tracer is out to improve on her Myer Classic 10th last Melbourne Cup Carnival.
She looks in the right form to do so at six as well having won the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in her lead-up to another shot at a Group 1.
Another last-start winning mare in the Myer Classic mix this year is then Lees’ Nadeem five-year-old Sharnee Rose.
The brown beauty has won her past two on the trot in Sydney, including an upset over Red Tracer on September 28.
Sharnee Rose was able to beat home Red Tracer by a long neck in the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) in her third run of the spring indicating just how good a horse Lees had on his hands.
“The formlines are strong. It’s the right formline going into this race,” Lees, who won the 2008 Crown Oaks with Samantha Miss, said of Sharnee Rose’s lead-up.
She enjoyed another Group 3 victory a fortnight later at Randwick taking out the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) when stepped up to further than 1400m for the first time since her close fourth to Invest in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide last year.
Previously prepared by Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, Sharnee Rose joined Lees’ operation in the winter this year.
Under her previous trainers she also managed to run third to the recently retired Atlantic Jewel in the 2011 Thousand Guineas making Saturday’s Myer Classic, where she’ll again be ridden by Brenton Avdulla, her third attempt at Group 1 class.
Despite her nice form Lees, who arrived in Melbourne on Sunday, is keeping his confidence in check knowing just how good a mare Red Tracer is.
“Admittedly Red Tracer was first-up the day we beat her and had a tough run, so all in all if she runs out a strong mile I think she probably looks a good thing in the race,” he told AAP.
“But I think we’ll be competitive.
“She arrived in Melbourne in good order and I’m pleased how she’s handled her recent racing.”
Lees came close to taking home the Myer Classic trophy in 2008 when preparing Absolutelyfabulous to run second to the Peter Snowden-trained Forensics.
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