Typhoon Tracy winning the 2009 Coolmore Classic G1

Sometimes, just sometimes, a horse comes along that restores a purist’s faith in excellence. Typhoon Tracy is just such a living, breathing example of excellence. On Saturday she maintained her unbeaten record (5 wins from 5 starts) in her toughest test to date when tackling the older mares in the Coolmore Classic G1.

That she did it the hard way, making most of the running in this 1500m test, which merely adds courage to the class she showed in coming back to defeat the New Zealand Group 1 winner Culminate (Elnadim) after being headed momentarily in the straight. Even allowing for the five kilograms she was getting from the older mare, this was a terrific performance from Typhoon Tracy, trained at Caulfield by Peter Moody.

Typhoon Tracy is Vinery stallion Red Ransom’s 11th Group One winner. Her dam is the Last Tycoon mare Tracey’s Element (trained by David Payne), who raced with distinction in South Africa, winning eleven times, including a quartet at Gr.1 level.