Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tracy’s return foreshadows the Autumn racing season

Typhoon Tracy – photo from The Age by Vince Caliguiri

Tomorrow night’s racing at Moonee Valley witnesses the return of reigning 2010 Horse of the Year, five year old mare Typhoon Tracy. Tracy is one of my favourites and I’ve been following her career for several years now.
She hasn’t won in a while, since last autumn in fact, but in Spring she was being prepared for the Cox Plate which in the end she didn’t contest. Who could blame her connections backing out, when super horse So You Think spent the Spring dashing the hopes of all middle distance runners. Her last run was in the Myer Classic at the end of the Spring carnival, on a bog track, where she was beaten into second place by Sacred Choice.

It’s time for her to win again, and she has her chance in the Group Two Australia Stakes tomorrow night. It’s 1200 metre weight for age open class race. It has attracted an interesting field, that includes dual Group One winner Heart Of Dreams, Vigor who narrowly defeated Tracy some years ago, and in form Sydney runner Whitefriars. Fellow mare, the speedy Ortensia, having her first run at the Valley, may put up a challenge, but I doubt if she’ll beat a fresh Typhoon Tracy.

Go Tracy Go!

I’m very much looking forward to return of Tracy’s stable mate, Black Caviar who will resume on the 19th February in the Group One Lightning Stakes and most likely will face Hay List again. The big question is, can Black Caviar keep her perfect record intact and remain unbeaten (and sound) throughout the Autumn racing season.

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