Robertson Daring To Dream With Fabulous Filly


Tiarnna Robertson is a Bennet Springs-based trainer who often flies under the radar with just a small team of horses.

But if things go according to plan for Robertson she will be thrust into the spotlight with a filly she hopes will measure up to the elite level.

Robertson has the care of Fabergino and believes the exciting daughter of Maschino, who made a spectacular return to racing at Ascot, has untapped ability.

Fabergino hit the headlines last year when winning two races over 1000m, but her victory on Saturday confirmed her standing as a rising star of Perth racing.

The richly talented sprinter took control of a top group of three-year-olds with ease, showcasing explosive speed from start to finish in near track record time.

Fabergino, who is raced by a partnership that includes her breeder, Jim Anderson, stretched her unbeaten sequence to three in the James Boag’s Premium Handicap (1100m).

Robertson said if all things go to plan she will dare to dream of Fabergino reaching and impacting on major races at the Ascot carnival later in the year.

“She is just starting to mature and hold her condition a bit better,” Robertson told Tabradio.

“The owners have been very good and patient and I think in the longer run it’s going to be rewarding for them.

“We could have pushed her earlier, but in the long run it would have shortened her career.

“She is such a big horse and it’s worth the wait so why not.

“I think come the spring we should see the best of her and she should have a good campaign.

“It will be fantastic if she continued to improve and something like the Winterbottom is at the back of your mind.

“We will work towards that and if it’s a dream that turns into a reality we will see.

“But that thought is there.”

Robertson said the lure of group 1 glory in the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), Perth’s premier sprint race, helped in her recovery from a serious accident.

Last year in a sickening track work accident she suffered multiple back and pelvis fractures that kept her in hospital for nearly three months.

“It’s a lot of relief, but this is why we do it and get up early rain, hail or shine,” Robertson said.

“It makes it all worthwhile when you see something like this come together on the track.

“To see something you have worked for come off in that one minute is fantastic.”

Julio Santarelli