Fabulanski

Fabulanksi (middle) winning the Taj Rossi Series Final (Image: Racing Photos)

Laing eyeing AAMI Victoria Derby with Fabulanski

Polanski's first stakes winner will be given the opportunity to emulate his sire by winning the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) later this year.

The Robbie Laing-trained Fabulanski ($31) won his first race when he claimed the $150,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) for two-year-olds at Flemington on Saturday.

Linda Meech, who leads this season's Victorian Jockeys' Premiership, dictated terms aboard Fabulanski, who ran his first 1000 metres in a sluggish 1:04.16 on an improving Soft 5 surface.

That easy time in the lead allowed Fabulanski just enough energy to fend off the sustained challenge of Rubisaki ($2.25 favourite) by a head, with Pancho ($7.50) finishing third after missing the start when placing an offside hind leg on the side of the barriers.

"He's almost a dead-spitter of Polanski. I thought his (last) run at Bendigo was indicative of him coming here and winning today," Laing said.

"The main reason we ran him today, apart from thinking we could win, was to gain some prizemoney to ensure he'll gain entry to better races later in the year ahead of the Victoria Derby."

Laing suggested Fabulanski would be given a short break before returning for a spring campaign where his final three starts will be the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m), G3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) and G1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m).