Drop In Class Made To Order For Tracer

TRAINER John Wilton is expecting Tracer to return to the winner's list when she steps out in race 3 at Hobart on Thursday night over the 461 metres.

Adam Dobbin

12 February 2020

JOHN Wilton hasn’t backed one of his own dogs for as long as he can remember.

“But it’s been at least 20 years,” said the Brighton trainer.

Tonight at Hobart, Wilton rugs up Tracer in race three on the card, a juvenile event over the 461 metres.


“I’ve only had her for a couple of runs but I’m expecting her to be in the finish tonight,” said Wilton.

Winner at five of her 52 starts, Tracer’s recent form reads anything but flash.

In fact, the daughter of Fernando Bale hasn’t won in a dozen starts, her last success at Launceston way back in September.

“She’s got a bit going for her tonight,” Wilton explained.

“She’s drawn where she wants to be, she’s right back in class, and she trialled very good over the shorter 340 metres last week.

“The only slight concern I have is how she’ll run out the end of the 461 metres tonight. But I did give her a hard gallop up the straight at Brighton on Sunday; it’s a tough uphill run there.

“There’s been a bit of money for her for tonight but it’s definitely not mine, as I said I don’t back my own dogs, the prize money will do me fine.”

Tracer is quoted a $3.20 favourite for tonight’s third event, slightly ahead of Buckle Up Clint, the $3.70 second elect.

Rounding out the major chances in betting is Winklee Magic from the rails at $4.80.

“My bitch has good early pace so I expect her to lead tonight and give a big sight,” Wilton added.

“This is her third run for me. She had a season in December and I think even though it wasn’t showing, she may have had a bit of milk still her past couple of runs. But she’s all set to go for tonight; I expect her to be in the finish for sure.”