Robertson’s Tonic


Talented filly Fabergino confirmed her standing as a rising sprint star of Perth racing after she made a spectacular return at Ascot on Saturday.

Racing first-up without a trial and defying a betting drift, Fabergino treated her rivals with disdain when she cruised to the line untouched in the James Boag’s Premium Handicap (1100m).

The Tiarnna Robertson-trained three-year-old, ridden by Peter Knuckey, stormed to the front in the early stages and from that point she was never headed, running within 0.94sec. of the track record.

The exciting prospect kicked clear in the straight and won comfortably from Stageman, who was two lengths away second with favourite Alpha Sky finishing third.

Fabergino, who was sent out a $5.30 chance on the tote, remains undefeated after winning two races over 1000m at Ascot last year.

In an ominous warning to her rivals, Robertson said she expected further improvement from Fabergino.

“She is a filly with untapped ability,” Robertson said.

“She has always been blistering over a 1000 metres, but is going to be more dominant the further she steps out.

“She is improving and still definitely a work in progress.”

An emotional Robertson said overseeing Fabergino’s preparation was pivotal in her recovery from a serious accident.

Robertson suffered multiple back and pelvis fractures when she fell from a two-year-old at track work last November.

“Days like this make it all worthwhile,” Robertson said.

A delighted Knuckey said he welcomed the opportunity to ride Fabergino, taking over from Fred Kersley, who is now based in Melbourne.

“You ride horses at track work every week, but then you ride this one and it’s like driving a Mercedes-Benz,’ he said.

Julio Santarelli