Classy mare Fuchsia Bandana is on track to launch her comeback from injury in Sunday’s $125,000 Northam Stakes (1100m).
The triple Group 3 winner was scratched on the eve of last year’s Railway Stakes when she was found to be lame.
Trainer Darren McAuliffe later discovered she had torn a muscle in her hindquarter.
The five-year-old is bound for Belmont Park’s four weight-for-age races — the Roma Cup (1200m), Belmont Sprint (1400m), Hyperion Stakes (1600m) and Strickland Stakes (2000m). She ran third in the first two last year before winning the Hyperion-Strickland double.
“We’ll take her to the Northam Stakes instead of trialling on Tuesday,” McAuliffe said.
“She gets in really good at set weights and penalties with 56.5 kilos. She seems to be in pretty good order.”
McAuliffe will also nominate Military Reign for the Northam Stakes, but she is likely to start in a 1000m sprint at the return to Belmont Park on Saturday.
Military Reign beat Northam Stakes fancy Magnifisio in the Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m) on April 2. The three-year-old then lumped 59kg when a close second to Bourne Supremacy over 1000m at Ascot.
“She’s going really well,” McAuliffe said. “She’s not well weighted in the Northam Stakes with 53 kilos.”
Talented sprinter Rebel King could join stablemate Military Reign in Saturday’s race at Belmont. Rebel King, who won the HG Bolton Sprint (1200m) at Belmont last winter, hasn’t raced since running eighth in the Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m) in February.
“Whether he runs depends on how he is after he gallops at Lark Hill on Tuesday,” McAuliffe said. “Military Reign’s brother Military Ruler will probably run in a 72-plus 1400m race on Saturday.
“We’ve got our winter horses up and ready to rock and roll.”
Top sprinter Watermans Bay is out of the Brisbane winter carnival after a Melbourne mishap.
Trainer Dan Morton’s father Len said tests revealed a small crack in a leg between his cannon bone and fetlock.
“He’ll probably rest in Melbourne for a while,” Len Morton said. “At his age he might need four months off to recover.”
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