Taylor And Brown In The Hunt For Fourth Birthday Stakes

2
Oct

The Jim Taylor-Jason Brown combination will attempt to claim their fourth Birthday Stakes (1200m) success at Belmont on Saturday, the final feature race of the Belmont season.

The trainer and jockey partnership claimed their maiden win with Victory Trump (2000) before teaming up with Shock Value who won in consecutive years (2011-2010).

Taylor and Brown will have high hopes of a fourth Birthday Stakes victory with Mendicity who has drawn barrier one in the nine horse field.

Mendicity, a daughter of Blackfriars, ran second when resuming first up in August and scored a strong win over Stagnite on September 20.

Mendicity forms a two-pronged attack for Taylor with True Gold, to be ridden by Jerry Noske, searching to end a 203 day losing drought.

Peter Knuckey, who has three Birthday Stakes titles including the past two, picks up the mount on the Gary Delane-trained Under The Sun

The former New South Wales galloper, previously under the care of Gai Waterhouse, is stepping out for his maiden Western Australian appearance.

The six-year-old gelding by No Excuse Needed last raced in August when he ran last behind Eximus over 1410m at Flemington.

Knuckey, who steered home Platinum Rocker (2013), Texan (2012) and Yilangie Gold (1993), will negotiate Under The Sun from barrier eight.

Simon Miller’s hopes of consecutive Birthday Stakes wins will rest with Magic Albert six-year-old Ron’s Call who resumes from a spell.

The Fairetha Stakes champion (1400m) was last seen at Ascot in December when he ran 3 ½ lengths third to Magnifisio over 1200m.

Ron’s Call warmed up for his comeback with a half-length second to Miss Rose De Lago in a 1000m Lark Hill trial on September 15.

Jason Whiting will partner Ron’s Call from gate seven and will attempt to go one better when runner-up on Waratah’s Secret in 2011.

Fred Kersley’s Ihtsahymn has been afforded top weight of 62kg as the reigning WA Horse of the Year launches his carnival campaign.

The son of Ihtiram will have a new partner for the first time with Paul Harvey replacing Steven Parnham who is attending a wedding.

Harvey is out to attempt a winning hatrick in the Listed feature after earlier wins on Ropak (1991) and Storm Shot (2002).

Kersley earned his stripes a year lasted when he prepared Cento to victory.

Shaun Meeres and Modello set the tempo and attempted to lead all the way in last year’s race but couldn’t hang on and faded to finish 1 ¾ lengths third to Platinum Rocker.

Meeres and the Lindsey Smith-trained Snitzel gelding are back to have another crack at the stumps and will start from barrier five.

Fiddlers Elbow can give boom apprentice Lucy Warwick and her trainer father, Justin, their first feature race as a combination.

The Hurricane Sky gelding has been a touch below the form he showed at the beginning of the year when he strung together four in a line.

Troy Turner’s best Birthday Stakes result was a second placing on Kame’s Hope in 2003 and his chances of a first rest with Blacksmith.

Champion hoop William Pike piloted Fair Alert (2004) and ran second on the Bruce Watkins-Gary Hitchcock-trained Vermeer 12 months back.

He gets a great chance to go one better with the Darren McAuliffe-trained Fuchsia Bandana who has opened a $3.20 favourite with Tabtouch.

The four-year-old Trade Fair mare has missed the money just twice with six wins, two seconds and one third from her 11 career starts.

Fuchsia Bandana hasn’t raced since May and wasn’t asked to do much when third in a 950m Lark Hill trial hit out in September.