Few would begrudge Dane Shadow mare Red Tracer (Dane Shadow – Kisma, by Snippets) her maiden Group 1 win in Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
Red Tracer had run agonizing seconds in the Queen Of The Turf and Coolmore Classic during the Sydney autumn carnival, which added to a swag of luckless performances in Group 1 races.
The mare showed she was ready for the Tatts’ Tiara with a dominant win in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8 in which she overcame barrier 16 to get home in a driving finish.
Red Tracer drew the 16 alley again, which presented her and jockey Nash Rawiller, with another challenge but the pair teamed together for a memorable win.
Rawiller was content to keep Red Tracer travelling comfortably, just off the pace but three-wide, before letting her stride into contention from the 500 metres.
Rawiller was certain Red tracer had the race in hand early in the straight, waiting until she was inside the 300 metres before asking for her winning run, which she duly produced to beat Streama (Stratum – Pensiamo, by Sovereign Red) and Floria (Savabeel – Aria, by Centaine), comfortably.
Red Tracer joined her brother Shellscrape (Dane Shadow – Kisma, by Snippets) among Dane Shadow’s four Group 1 winners and provided the dominant Chris Waller stable with its ninth success at the highest level this season.
“Everybody knows she has been around the mark in some very good Group I races throughout her career and she’s a very good horse,” Waller said.
“There is no horse more deserving than her and I don’t think there would be a person here that would deny her that.
“She freshened up well and obviously won well the other day and she’s a class horse.
“It’s been a good overall effort and it’s been an amazing season. It will be good to look back at the end of the season.”
Red Tracer carried the silver and black colours of owner and breeder Geoff Grimish to victory in the Tatts Tiara. Grimish’s mare Kisma (Snippets – Vain Hope, by Vain) has produced six winners from as many foals to race with the mare having a chance for an international double when her son Green Tracer (Dane Shadow – Kisma, by Snippets) debuts in Singapore on Sunday.
Kisma produced foals by champion stallion Redoute’s Choice in 2011 and 2012 but missed to Dane Shadow during the last breeding season.