The Pearce stable will saddle two runners at Belmont on Saturday and they expect both horses, after contrasting last-starts, to produce rebounding performances.
Don’t Fuss ran a cracking third behind Danny George two weeks ago and could have finished much closer or better after he slipped at the start and lost two lengths.
Father Knick will look to atone after he was no match for Spirit And Fire, finishing a disappointing eighth after running a bolter first-up when second to Festival Miss.
Don’t Fuss has been a pleasant surprise packet for brothers Dan and Ben Pearce, reeling off a string of consistent races since commencing his campaign in February.
In ten appearances at Ascot and Belmont the son of Scandal Keeper has been successful on two occasions and ran placings seven times.
Two starts back he ran second to boom four-year-old Battle Storm, who is unbeaten from five career starts and a red-hot favourite to make it six on Saturday.
The only time Don’t Fuss has found himself outside of a top three berth was in May when he finished two lengths fourth to Special Reward.
Dan Pearce is confident Don’t Fuss will be a major player in the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1000m).
“He is in really good form,” Pearce said on Tabradio.
“He was unlucky last start, he slipped coming out of the gates and missed the start by a bit.
“He got up on the fence well and was unlucky not to have won.
“He has come through the run really well and we are pretty confident with him going into the race.”
Don’t Fuss ($3.40) holds second favoritism behind Night Voyage ($3.10).
Jarrad Noske reclaims the ride from Tasmanian apprentice, Chris Graham.
After drawing an inside gate last-start, Don’t Fuss will commence from barrier six.
Pearce said rider and barrier will help Don’t Fuss.
“He seems to be the sort of horse that when you get him out into the race he goes his best,” Pearce said.
“The way Jarrad rides suits the horse as well, he can throw a horse into a race and give it every chance.”
Father Knick has drawn barrier nine in the Amelia Park Handicap (1200m).
With Jade McNaught’s claim he carries 58kg.
Pearce is looking for a level of improvement.
“It was a bit of a strange run last-start,” Pearce said.
“Coming to the corner we thought it was in a good position.
“We were a little disappointed with the run.
“Hopefully we have a bit more luck tomorrow (Saturday).