November 29, 2022

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Group 1 Rising Sun winner Ladies In Red won’t back up in Saturday’s Golden Girl.

CHAMPION mare Ladies In Red has achieved her Queensland mission and will not back-up in Saturday night’s $100,000 Group 1 Golden Girl at Albion Park.

The plan was always a hit-and-run raid on the Group 1 Rising Sun last Saturday, but the dominant win of Ladies In Red prompted connections to reconsider.

“We had a good chat and think about it. In the end, we came up to win the Rising Sun and we’ve done that,” co-trainer Emma Stewart said.

“She probably had this week’s race at her mercy back against the girls, but we’ve got big plans for her at the end of the year. She can have a bit of break now and come back in September.

“The way the calendar is now, you have to peak your horses for big races and then back off again and that’s what we will do with her.”

Stewart and co-trainer Clayton Tonkin also already have nominal Golden Girl favourite Maajida, a dominant winner of last Saturday night’s Group 3 Fleur De Lil at Albion Park.

Ladies In Red, who thrashed the boys for the first time last Saturday, will return to racing her own age and/or sex for the rest of this year.

“There is the big mares’ triple crown in Victoria and races like the Breeders Crown and Vicbred for her,” Stewart said.

“We won’t be putting her into the Victoria Cup or Inter Dominion this year.”

Ladies In Red took her record to 19 wins (and four seconds) from just 23 starts when thrashed her rivals in the Rising Sun.

In other stable news, Stewart thinks they found another budding star in two-year-old The Lost Storm, who smashed the clock winning on debut at Swan Hill on Sunday.

The three-quarter brother to former megastar juvenile The Storm Inside led throughout and dashed home his last quarter in an unthinkable 25.7sec, faster than most feature open-class races.

“We love him. Petracca is probably our best two-year-old, but this guy isn’t far behind,” Stewart said.

“He’ll have a freshen again now and come back for the Vicbred series. We think he’s a real feature-race horse.”

· Adam Hamilton is a paid contributor writing on harness racing for News Corp.

Originally published as Ladies In Red won’t back up in Group 1 Golden Girl

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