With experienced jockey Troy Turner back aboard Friaresque in Wednesday’s $120,000 Listed Hannans Handicap (1400m), trainer Vaughn Sigley’s confidence has grown.
The experienced hoop has the best record on Friaresque, having partnered the son of Blackfriars to all three of his career victories, including the last at Belmont over a year ago.
“He is a horse that you have to time your run a little bit,” Sigley told TABradio.
“Troy knows him pretty well and has had the most success on the horse.
“Hopefully we can get a bit of luck and he can knock him over the line for us.”
Friaresque has drawn ideally for Turner, jumping from barrier seven in the field of 15 starters.
Sigley said Friaresque would appreciate a drop back in distance, the addition of blinkers and a freshen-up after running 10th to Pushin’ Shapes in the Coolgardie (1760m) a month ago.
“It’s a good draw and he has done well since his last run,” Sigley said.
“I’m happy with him and I expect him to run a good race.”
Friaresque has firmed from $7 into $5 in TABtouch markets, sitting behind Reykjavik ($3.40) and The Celt ($4.40).
Last year’s Hannans runner-up Roger The Roman ($9) and War God ($9.50) are the other runners in single figures.
Roger The Roman, prepared by Rob Gulberti, looks to go one better in far different circumstances to 12-months ago.
The bay gelding set Broome alight with five straight wins before charging home to finish a luckless second to Disposition in the Hannans.
The well-travelled seven-year-old is searching for his first win this campaign after racing in Darwin, Broome and Carnarvon.
Gulberti said Roger The Roman had recovered brilliantly from his last-start run in Carnarvon when he lumped 64kg.
“I know the horse and I know that I’m pretty happy with him and I know he is pretty happy,” Gulberti said.
“The barrier is little tricky, but I’m confident if he turns up he will be right there.”
Roger The Roman carries 55.5kg and has drawn barrier nine. Peter Hall, who won the Hannans previously with Chantes Path (1995), takes the mount.