The 2014 Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) will feature only seven runners at Rosehill Gardens this weekend and will mark the return of star mare Red Tracer for the first time in 2014.
Following her incredible run throughout the entire 2013 calendar, Red Tracer is understandably the resounding favourite for the 2014 Millie Fox Stakes at a current quote of $1.70, ahead of Royal Descent ($4.60), A Time For Julia ($6.50) and Driefontein ($9.50).
Can Red Tracer immediately find top gear, or can one of her talented opponents pull of a huge upset in the Millie Fox Stakes?
Red Tracer has amassed 14 wins from 32 professional starts to date, however it was her form throughout 2013 that was arguably her most impressive. Having opened her autumn preparation second behind Steps In Time in the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m), the talented daughter of Dane Shadow claimed the 2013 edition of the Millie Fox Stakes and continued to build in condition over the carnival to register a near-three length victory in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m). Going on to claim the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) in spring, Red Tracer is in peak condition ahead of this weekend’s Group 2 feature, and should not have too much trouble overcoming the small field.
A Time For Julia
A Time For Julia has returned to the track in strong form in 2014, following up a strong hit-out in January with a comfortable win in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 8th. Having drawn the ideal barrier 3 for the Millie Fix Stakes, trainer Peter Moody is confident of a strong race from the classy Redoute’s Choice mare ahead of a likely tilt at the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in April.
Chris Waller-trained Royal Descent scored four wins from seven starts in her maiden preparation, including the 2013 Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m). With the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) looming as the major target for Royal Descent this season, Waller confident of a strong first-up run this weekend despite drawing the somewhat wide barrier 7.
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