Trade Fair Continues Rise
Trade Fair continued his rise towards the top of the WA stallion ranks with a super impressive double by crack fillies Fuchsia Bandana and Cool Trade at Ascot on Saturday.
Fuchsia Bandana made it five wins from nine starts taking the Imagesource Digital Printing Handicap (1200m) by 3/4-length in 1.10.91 as the $1.75 favourite.
Cool Trade then made it four wins from seven starts, and remained unbeaten in three runs this preparation, by taking The Wild Turkey Spiced Sprint, also over 1200m, by 2 1/4-lengths in 1.10.49 as the $2.80 favourite.
Trainer Darren McAuliffe predicted the best would not be seen of Fuchsia Bandana until her race distances were increased.
“We’ve been trying to get her to settle,” said McAuliffe. “That’s why she has been in these shorter races.
“She may back up over 1400m next Saturday. She’s very athletic and clean winded. Once she gets up to a mile you will see a very smart horse.”
Trainer Alan Mathews described Cool Trade as “an exceptional filly.”
“That was her first run for five weeks,” said Matthews. “We gave her a week off then tried to keep the lid on her for a month which was tough.
“I really don’t know where we go with her. Her future is unlimited if we can keep her sound. She has high early speed and is starting to relax. The more she relaxes the better she will finish off her races. We may have to start looking towards Christmas.”
Fuchsia Bandana is from Fuchsia Lady, by Jeune, a six-time winner from 1200m to 1650m. Fuchsia Lady’s dam Lady Maple, by At Talaq, was a sister to Star of Maple, winner of the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas.
Cool Trade is from Around Jindabyne, by Akhenaton, a winner at 1300m and a half-sister to Salisbury Street, winner of the Listed Sheila Gwynne Stakes, and to Broome Time, who shares the Ascot 1400m track record of 1.20.90.