Punters who backed talented three-year-old filly Fuscienne in the Tattsbet Pace over 2090 metres at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart today were probably contemplating turning their betting tickets into confetti when the field swung for home.
The heavily backed Charlie James ($4.50 into $2) led comfortably and when driver Ricky Duggan gave him more rein turning for home he sped clear and looked to have a winning lead half-way up the home straight.
Fuscienne (Todd Rattray) settled last and didn’t improve until well into the back straight the last time.
She was still a long way off the leader 200 metres out but under strong driving she slipped into overdrive and got up in the last bound to defeat Charlie James by a half-neck while Note Worthy Lombo worked home well to grab third but over 13 metres astern.
Fuscienne drifted in the market when the big money arrived for Charlie James with her opening price of $1.60 drifting to start at $2.85 fixed odds and $3.10 on the TOTE.
It was her second win from only six starts and while she is unlikely to ever reach the heights of her half-brother Beautide, she could measure up to the feats achieved by some other siblings.
Fuscienne is also related to Death And Taxes (15 wins), Acutabovetherest (14 wins), Ashura (seven wins), I Pity The Fool (11 wins) and Ashkalina (14 wins).
Fuscienne’s dam Gorse Bush has produced nine foals and all have won.