Fabergino wins at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)
Western Australian trainer Tiarnna Robertson was absent as her stable star Fabergino contested last month's Group 1 $1.5 million Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) but she was trackside to witness the grey mare score in the $125,000 Living Legends Sprint (100m) Flemington on Saturday.
Robertson hobbled to the winners' circle on crutches and wore a smile from ear to ear after the six-year-old Maschino mare won her tenth race from 16 starts.
Ridden by Jordan Childs, Fabergino ($3.80) defeated Prezado ($6.50) by three-quarters of a length with William Thomas ($5.50) producing his usual forlorn closing effort for third, a further 1.5 lengths adrift. Last start Listed winner Grandview Avenue ($3.40 favourite) ran fourth in the seven-horse field.
“It is mending," Robertson said of her leg which was injured two days before the Darley Sprint Classic when Fabergino lashed out when Robertson tried to change her rug.
"It was an unfortunate accident but this is the positive out of the negative so it’s good that we’re still here.
“She came through that last run (last in the Darley Sprint Classic) really well and she appreciated the big drop in class and the break between runs. It was really good to get a win out of the trip.”
Robertson suggested that Fabergino is likely to appear down the Flemington straight over the summer with the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) in February a possible target.
“She’ll have a couple of weeks in the paddock now, she’ll stay here and race on," Robertson said.
It's the second time Fabergino has won down the Flemington straight, her other success came with Childs also aboard in the Listed ATA Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m) on February 29.
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