Nominations for the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) have been released and are highlighted by the pending return on talented mare Red Tracer for the first time in 2014.
Red Tracer delivered one of the most consistent and glittering racing campaigns on any Australia racehorse in 2013, securing a total of five wins including both the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) and Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) and four seconds from 10 starts.
Having also claimed last year’s edition of the Millie Fox Stakes, trainer Chris Waller has been happy with the form of the classy daughter of Dane Shadow in three Rosehill barrier trials this year and is confident of defending the Group 2 title first-up on this weekend.
Also included in nominations for the 2014 Millie Fox Stakes is Red Tracer’s classy stablemate Catkins.
Having finished no worse than third in six starts over her 2013 spring preparation, including second behind Red Tracer in the Myer Classic, Catkins has returned to the track in 2014 in scintillating form, following up two strong barrier trials with a last-gasp win over Steps In Time and White Sage in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at Rosehill two weeks ago.
The Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) is looming as the major target for both Red Tracer and Catkins this preparation, which is also likely to feature fellow-Millie Fox Stakes Nominee A Time For Julia.
A Time For Julia returned to the spelling paddock in October following a disappointing run for eleventh in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1410m), however did record several strong results prior.
The talented four-year-old is so-far undefeated in 2014 after scoring a huge win over Danestroem and Bonaria in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 8th and is more than capable of continuing her run of form in the 2014 Millie Fox Stakes.
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2014 Millie Fox Stakes Nominations
|1||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||94|
|5||EXPRESS POWER||Kris Lees||84|
|6||LONGPORT||Danny J Bougoure||102|
|7||LUCKY LAGO||John O’Shea||82|
|8||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||114|
|9||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||110|