Perth hoop Jarrad Noske believes he is on the forgotten horse in Saturday’s 2015 Lee Steere Stakes at Ascot Racecourse rating Fuchsia Bandana a far better hope than the mare’s odds suggest in the weight-for-age clash.
Only seven gallopers line-up in Ascot Race 5 this weekend, the $250,000 Groups 2 WAROA-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m), four of which are under $10 for the win through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Top fancy at $2.60 is the Vaughn Sigley-trained Black Heart Bart in gate four and coming off back-to-back wins this time including the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1420m) at the same track and distance on October 21.
He is progressive as a five-year-old and continues to handle rises in class and weight, shaping up as a hard to beat favourite according to the bookies who are also taking no chances on returning dual Group 1 winning mare Delicacy ($2.80) despite the 1400m being short of her preferred.
Outside of the single figure fancies in Lee Steere Stakes betting though is Noske’s ride in the clash, Fuchsia Bandana, at $13 for the win from a gun barrier three draw.
Prepared by Lark Hill horseman Darren Mcauliffe, Trade Fair five-year-old Fuchisa Bandana has a top record at Ascot with four wins, a second and a third from nine previous runs.
The 1400m also isn’t outside here reach (4-1-1-1) despite the mare boasting her best form over further with winter wins at Belmont in the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) and the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) with Noske aboard.
First-up this campaign she was narrowly beaten by Saturday’s top fancy when runner-up to Black Heart Bart in the Listed Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Belmont.
Things went amiss for the $640,000 earning mare last time out however when she could only manage to finish three and a quarter-lengths away seventh of 10 runners in the Northerly, just the second time in the triple Group 3 winner’s 22-start career she has crossed over three lengths off the winner.
Noske was in the saddle for that run from barrier eight where Fuchsia Bandana carried 56.5kg and is confident she can bounce back this weekend from a better barrier despite going up half a kilo under the WFA conditions.
“Hopefully she can bounce back to form,” the hoop, who won the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) at Ascot’s Melbourne Cup Day meeting on Tuesday, told Perth Racing.
“Darren says she is back to her best and at her best she can definitely match it with them.”
Noske has one other ride on the Lee Steere Stakes Day card this weekend aboard the Lou Luciani-trained Northam Cup winner from October 25 Young Lionel in the $100,000 Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m).
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