Sydney mare Red Tracer kept her unbeaten heavy track record in tack by taking out the Group 2 $200,000 Patinack Farm Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm today.

Red Tracer was having her fourth run on a heavy track for four wins and kept the punters happy by holding off Forfeiture and the fast finishing Alltherightmoves in the run to the line.

Red Tracer

Red Tracer claims victory in the Dane Ripper Stakes - photo © Daniel Costello

Wealth Princess ran an honest race but struggled to make ground in the straight under the 59.5kg.

Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller hasn’t ruled out a start in the Group 1 $1m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm next week but said that the Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 23 was his preference.

Waller said a start in the Stradbroke would depend on the weather and if it looked like another wet track he would consider it otherwise he would wait for the Tattersall’s Tiara.

“She’s had a pretty tough Autumn already, a week in the paddock and a soft trial to get her confidence back about two weeks ago,” Waller said.

“The Tatt’s Tiarra is the preference, but you wouldn’t rule out a Stradbroke, but I think that would be very difficult. It was tough run today, the Stradbroke is a tough race. But if it was going to be wet all week and the track was heavy you would think about it.”

“The plan is to win a Group 1 with her and I think the best race for her would be the Tattersall’s Tiarra.”

Winning rider Hugh Bowman was full of praise for Red Tracer saying that she excels in the heavy conditions.

“She’s a good little filly this. She’s not out of place in Group 1 races on her day. She likes the wet and it just brings her into her own. A little freshen up, back to this level and she deserved this victory,” Bowman Said.

“She’s a bomb proof horse. I just settled her back and waited til the top of the straight. She was out on her feet late and guts got her home.”

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