2015 Belmont Sprint to Figure for Fuchsia Bandana

April 28th, 2015

Talented four-year-old Fuchsia Bandana has pleased trainer Darren McAuliffe in the lead-up to her 2015 racing return, and has been set for a campaign targeting Belmont Park’s weight-for-age feature races this time, including the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) on May 30th.

Posting an impressive record of seven wins and a further five minor place finishes through her 16 career starts so far, Fuchsia Bandana has not been seen at the races since finishing fifth in both the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) through the Perth Summer Carnival.

Aiming to emulate the feats of Elite Belle, who progressed to Group 1 success following success in the 2014 Belmont Sprint, managing owner Kevin Barry told the West Australian the Trade Fair mare will resume in Sunday’s Listed Northam Stakes (1100m) and is excited for her pending campaign.

“She’ll be going to Northam,” Barry said.

“It’s always good to see a mare like her back. You can be a bit anxious with a mare coming back though.

“We couldn’t have asked for much more from her last prep.

“All of those races (including the 2015 Belmont Sprint) now being weight-for-age helps us out.”

Failing to make much of an impact when seventh in her racing debut in September of 2013 before immediately returning to the paddock, Fuschia Bandana returned for a standout ten race preparation over summer and through autumn of 2013/14, highlighted by six impressive wins over sprint races at Bunbury, Ascot and Belmont Park.

Making a competitive transition to black type racing in finishing second to Modello in the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) upon resuming for her most recent campaign, the mare our of Fuchsia Lady charged home to beat a talented field to the line in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) on October 18th and finished second to subsequent Group 1 winner Magnifisio in the Group 2 Waroa-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) in her only other start prior to the Railway Stakes.

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