Horse of the Year elect Typhoon Tracy will take a different path through the early spring to her 2009 campaign.
Typhoon Tracy, who has won 10 of her 14 starts including five Group One races, will resume in the Group Two Memsie Stakes (1400m) on her home track at Caulfield on August 28.
“She’s going to have a slightly different program this year because I gave her a couple of extra weeks to get her over that virus in Sydney,” trainer Peter Moody said.
Typhoon Tracy had won four successive Group One races before finishing 14th as favourite to Rangirangdoo in the Doncaster Mile at Randwick on April 17.
The mare was galloped on in the Doncaster but apart from that Moody felt she wasn’t at her top because of a virus.
“Last year I ran her in the Liston and went three weeks into the Makybe Diva Stakes,” Moody said.
“This year she’ll resume in the Memsie and go two weeks into the Dato Tan Chin Nam and then I’ll play it by ear from there.”
Typhoon Tracy ran third to Predatory Pricer in last year’s Liston before being beaten a nose when runner-up to Vigor in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
She then ran eighth to Heart Of Dreams in the Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield before starting a run of five straight victories in the Group Two Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Typhoon Tracy then won the Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington before being spelled.
She returned in the autumn to claim the C F Orr Stakes (1400m) and Futurity Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield as well as the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.
Meanwhile, unbeaten stablemate Black Caviar returns to Peter Clarke’s Willow Wood Equicentre at Murchison in central Victoria on Monday to begin her spring carnival build-up.
“She’s had a month off which was always planned to avoid that wet period in September so that we can have her back Caulfield Cup week for the Schillaci or the Caulfield Sprint and then Flemington and maybe Perth,” Moody said.
The filly, a dual Group Two winner, hasn’t raced since taking out the Australia Stakes (1200m) when first-up at Moonee Valley on January 22.
Her preparation came to an end soon after because of a leg injury.
Last September she strained a chest muscle during her win in the Group Two Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington and had to miss the rest of the spring.
Article by Mark Ryan Aapracing