A surge of late-season form by consistent mare Fuchsia Bandana has renewed Group 1 aspirations for her connections.

Fuchsia Bandana finished fifth in the G1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and G1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) earlier this season and both races are on the agenda after her victory in Saturday’s G3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont Park.

As he had done two weeks earlier in the G3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m), jockey Jarrad Noske challenged the opposition to run him down and they prevailed by a nose from quality mare Balmont Girl (Balmont).

“She will go to the paddock now and have a nice spell,” stable spokesman Brian McAuliffe told ANZ Bloodstock.  “She is a lot stronger now and will be a better mare next season.”

Fuchsia Bandana (4m Trade Fair – Fuchsia Lady by Jeune) took her overall record to 9 wins from 20 starts and in $624,715 prize money.  Bred by Kingston Thoroughbreds, she is one of 9 stakes winners by Trade Fair (Zafonic) who stands at Alwyn Park Stud.