A decision by jockey Jarrad Noske to go wide on Money Maher, while racing on the rails, paid handsome dividends in the listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) at Ascot yesterday.
Money Maher, a $14 chance, trained by the Pearce brothers Ben and Daniel, finished as fast and as lethally as a Japanese tsunami to sweep the field away, scoring by two lengths from Achernar Star (Chris Parnham) and Reyjavik (Shaun O’Donnell).
Despite jumping well from the barrier, Money Maher drifted back to second last while racing comfortably enough on the inside and it appeared as if Noske would be looking for an inside run at the business end of the race.
However on the turn he swung across heels, picked a line down the outside and had the race in his keeping at the 100m mark.
” I played safe by moving outwards,” Noske said referring to his decision that saw the three year colt and son of Al Maher stride to a soft victory.
“That was a super win,” Ben Pearce declared. “I have been urging to see him sit back in races and with the speed on today it worked whereas he has raced a bit keenly previously in slower run races.”
Pearce admitted to being a bit anxious on the turn “until Jarrad found a path for him.”
The trainer considers that the WA Guineas and Kingston Town Classic races are future prospects, pointing to Money Maher being placed in a Group 3 race behind Debellatio (the Sires Produce Stakes,in April). That galloper finished seventh in the Fairetha Stakes, yesterday.