Day At The Track

Great drive seals Fuscienne win

01:18 AM 29 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Fuscienne (Todd Rattray) after winning J Boags & Son Pace in Launceston 2200m.jpg
Fuscienne
Photo GREG MANSFIELD

Well-bred harness racing filly Fuscienne has a lot to live up to if she is to follow in the footsteps of some of her better performed relations, but in Launceston last night, she took the first step towards living up to expectations.

Fuscienne won at her fourth outing, and while her trainer Barrie Rattray is not expecting her to achieve the feats of her half-brother Beautide, he does hope she can reach the heights of some of her other relations.

By Major In Art, Fuscienne is also related to Death And Taxes (15 wins), Acutabovetherest (14 wins), Ashura (seven wins), I Pity The Fool (11 wins) and Ashkalina (14 wins).

Fuscienne’s dam Gorse Bush boasts a perfect record from nine foals.

Fuscienne performed well at her first three starts and had improved at each outing, but courtesy of a sensational drive from Todd Rattray, she was never going to be beaten.

The three-year-old started at $1.70, which was risky given she was drawn in barrier 10, but after the field had travelled 50 metres the risk factor had been removed.

Rattray was able to guide Fuscienne into the coveted one-out, one-back position where he stayed until 400 metres from home when he eased her three-wide and cruised to a four-metre win from Origin Billy, with the leader Lu Way Lord hanging on for third, a long neck away.

“This filly is making good progress,” Todd said. “She’s by Major In Art and his progeny seem to get better with age, so we would expect her to improve with racing.”

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