Tiarnna Robertson has fired an ominous warning to her rivals ahead of exciting sprinter Fabergino’s return at Ascot on Saturday.
The Bennett Springs trainer has revealed Fabergino to be bigger, better and stronger than what she was when last in work.
Fabergino won on debut 12-months ago, but it was her sizzling victory in November that captured the imagination of fans.
The Maschino filly exploded to the front and was never headed, stopping the clock at 57.75sec. when scoring by one length.
“She has come back really good and is starting to mature and strengthen up,” Robertson told Tabradio.
“She is weighing 40kg more since her last preparation and I am more than happy with the way she has come back.
“I think mentally she is starting to relax which is helping and I think she has come back a more mature horse.”
Fabergino meets a hot group of three-year-olds in the James Boag’s Premium Handicap (1100m), including last-start winners, Arrum Boy, Stageman, Alpha Sky, Amelie Argot and Shania Style.
Despite no trial Robertson is super confident her filly is forward enough to make an impact first-up in what is shaping to be her toughest assignment to date.
“She started her last prep without a trial,” Robertson said.
“She works herself strong on the track.
“There are no real concerns about her fitness.”
The unbeaten Fabergino is blessed with natural speed, but had a tendency to pull hard in both her victories.
Robertson believes her hard work and perseverance in harnessing Fabergino’s greatest asset will be rewarded.
“In track work and even at home she is more relaxed and user friendly,” Robertson said.
“She is a lot easier doing the slow stuff which is really helping.
“I’m happy where she’s at and how she is going.
“It’s all up to her now.”
Peter Knuckey has picked up the plum ride on Fabergino, taking over from Fred Kersley.
Fabergino holds $3 TAB favouritism, ahead of the Simon Miller-trained Alpha Sky ($3.40) and Amelie Argot ($4.60).
Co-trainer Todd Harvey is optimistic Amelie Argot, unbeaten in two starts at Northam and Bunbury, can take the next step.
“I think at this stage she is untapped,” Harvey said.
“She has been impressive in both her starts and we go in with a bit of confidence.”