South West-based five-year-old Black Freda is chasing a third win from as many starts when she returns to racing in today’s Radiowest’s Breakfast With Blackers Handicap (Race 7-1420m) at Bunbury.
The Gary Hitchcock-trained mare hasn’t started since June, however, she was sharpened up for today’s first-up assignment when finishing third in a 1000-metre Bunbury trial on October 21.
Black Freda caused an upset when winning over 1400 metres on debut at Northam on May 12, defying her long odds ($34 out to $101 on TABtouch Fixed) to knock off subsequent multiple-metropolitan winning stayer Charlestown.
But it was her follow-up victory over 1400 metres at Pinjarra 24 days later, that made WA Racing pundits take note, as she endured a tough run in transit and still managed to score.
Black Freda’s performance on that occasion showed tremendous courage and provided some insight into her class, with jockey Brad Parnham forced to travel four and five wide down the back straight, work forward to race three-wide outside the leaders from the 700 metres and fight all the way home to post a gutsy half-length win.
The daughter of Blackfriars was returning from a 20-week absence when stepping out at the October 21 trials, appearing to be a little rusty when being hard ridden to keep up in the early and middle stages, before getting her act together late and striding to the finish line with purpose.
Black Freda is expected to make a winning return this afternoon, opening up as the $2.90 favourite with TABtouch Fixed Odds, with One Hot Fox, Excuse Me Mak and Profound Effect considered the biggest dangers to extending her unbeaten run to three.