Chris Waller’s dual Group 1 winning mare Red Tracer has been allocated the 59kg top weight for her latest run in the 2014 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Racecourse this Saturday.
One of 26 fillies and mares nominated for this year’s $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), Dane Shadow six-year-old Red Tracer is after her third elite level trophy.
She broke her maiden status after many close calls in the Tattersall’s Tiara in Brisbane last winter when overcoming barrier 16 of 16 in the Queensland classic.
Red Tracer then added another to the cabinet during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival when narrowly defeating her stable mate Catkins in the Myer Classic over the Flemington mile on November 2.
Spelled for four months following that, Red Tracer returned with a Rosehill win on March 1 when carrying 59kg to victory in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) in a strong finishing effort.
She had a luckless run next up however when one and a quarter lengths away third behind Guy Walter’s champion mare Appearance in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick last Saturday.
Taking nothing away from the blistering performance of the Canterbury winner, Red Tracer was far from disgraced having done an incredible job to run third after nearly falling at the start.
Whether Waller will definitely start her on the short seven day back-up this weekend is still to be decided, but if he does she’ll have a hefty weight to overcome.
If he opts not to run his star chance then the Coolmore Classic weights will be raised 1.5kg.
Waller also trains the next two heaviest weighted Coolmore Classic hopes with Group 1 performing stable mates Catkins and Royal Descent both allocated 56.5kg, which would go up to the 58kg minimum if they’re not up against Red Tracer.
Dubawi four-year-old Catkins is unbeaten this time in, the Myer Classic runner-up having won the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) first-up at Rosehill before her two length victory in the Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) on March 8.
Royal Descent meanwhile will be second-up here following her fourth to Red Tracer in the Mille Fox from the start of the month.
The four-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice is best known for her Australian Oaks win last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival where she relished a Heavy (10) mud track to beat Dear Demi by 10 lengths.
Her last prep finished with a brave fifth when defeated under two lengths by Fawkner in the Caulfield Cup and she’s tipped for a good run here stepping up in distance.
Also in the Coolmore mix for Waller is Arinosa (54.5kg) who has been disappointing this time in with two well beaten runs at Caulfield.
Whether Waller runs Red Tracer, who he says is “50-50” at the moment, will also decide which prime mount Blake Shinn will have in the race.
He’s currently committed to Red Tracer but if she’s out he’ll jump on the Peter Moody-trained A Time For Julia who would go up to 54kg.
A Time For Julia has been in top form this season with a Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes win at Caulfield first-up.
She then ran into Red Tracer for a second in the Millie Fox before posting another victory, this time over Lilliburlero when wide early but finishing very strongly in the Group 3 Roy Higgins Tribute (1200m) at Randwick last Saturday with 55kg.
With Red Tracer in A Time For Julia would stay on a nice 52.5kg light-weight with Glen Boss tipped to ride her.
While 59kg seems hefty, Racing NSW Handicapper Damien Hay originally sought to allocate Red Tracer with 60kg which both Emancipation and the mighty Sunline carried for their respective Coolmore Classic wins.
“The main reason for 59kg [and not 60kg] is Sunline won two Coolmores carrying 60kg, and Red Tracer’s record is nowhere near Sunline’s record. We thought 59kg was a fair weight for her,” Hay told The Daily Telegraph this week.
“She couldn’t win the race with 57.5kg last year [when second to Appearance], even though she’s done a fair bit since. She still has to carry seven kilos above the limit. Had she won on the weekend, she would have got a little more again.’’
After Waller’s trio it is then the Clarry Conners-trained Australian Oaks runner-up Dear Demi (56kg) who comes via a Wiggle Stakes third to Catkins and Steps In Time ($55.5kg) for Joe Pride.
Six-year-old Danehill Dancer mare Steps In Time was impressive in her resuming run in mid-February when a nose away second to Catkins in the Breeders Classic.
She then caught the eye again in a March 11 trial at Warwick Farm over the 1200m when winning by four lengths with Jim Cassidy aboard.
See below for the full Coolmore Classic 2014 ballot and weights.
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2014 Coolmore Classic Weights & Ballot
Rosehill Gardens – 22/03/2014
|1||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||1||59kg||115|
|3||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||2=||56.5kg||110|
|4||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||4||56kg||109|
|5||STEPS IN TIME||Joseph Pride||5||55.5kg||108|
|7||FIRE UP FIFI||Robert Heathcote||6=||54.5kg||106|
|8||HANA’S GOAL (JPN)||Kazuhiro Kato||6=||54.5kg||106|
|9||SHARNEE ROSE||Kris Lees||9=||53.5kg||104|
|11||SWEET IDEA||Gai Waterhouse||9=||53kg||104|
|12||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||12=||52.5kg||102|
|13||LONGPORT||Danny J Bougoure||12=||52.5kg||102|
|14||ANGEL OF MERCY||Gerald Ryan||24||52kg||89|
|15||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||14=||52kg||100|
|16||GYPSY DIAMOND||John O’Shea||20=||52kg||91|
|18||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||20=||52kg||91|
|19||MARIANNE (NZ)||Michael Kent||25||52kg||82|
|20||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||19||52kg||94|
|21||SCORPIO QUEEN||Les Kelly||20=||52kg||91|
|22||SHE’S A GIRL||Steve Englebrecht||26||52kg||79|
|23||SOLICIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||18||52kg||95|
|25||WHITE SAGE||John O’Shea||14=||52kg||100|
|26||YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||20=||52kg||91|