Perth trainer Tiarnna Robertson isn’t worried about the tight track at The Valley going into Fabergino’s biggest test in Friday night’s Group 1 Moir Stakes.
Fellow Moir Stakes hopefuls Diamond Effort, Hey Doc and Brooklyn Hustle all galloped at The Valley on Monday morning but Fabergino stayed at her temporary home at Mornington.
Robertson said Fabergino had completed her final Moir Stakes hitout before Monday’s session.
“She did her final work at Mornington on Saturday,” Robertson said.
Fabergino is staying alongside Brooklyn Hustle at trainer Jason Warren’s stable. Robertson said the Mornington Peninsula was similar to Fabergino’s usual home at Bullsbrook.
“She’s handled the trip over this time really well and she’s settled in very well,” Robertson said.
“It’s really nice there. It’s more like the environment she’s used to at home so she seems really relaxed.”
Robertson said gallops on the tight Mornington track had given Fabergino enough grounding to tackle the unique circuit at The Valley.
“She’s had a couple of gallops at Mornington, which is a bit tighter than what she is used to at home and has worked around there alright,” Robertson said.
Tiarnna Robertson with stable star Fabergino at Flemington earlier this year. Picture: Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“I’m sure when she kicks into gear there at Moonee Valley, it won’t be too much of a problem.”
The Moir Stakes has been a long-term plan for Fabergino since the grey mare scored at Listed level at Flemington, in what was a test run for a spring raid on Melbourne’s sprint features.
Robertson was unsure whether Fabergino would make the trip east a few weeks ago as flights became hard to secure but the five-year-old landed in Victoria earlier this month.
“She’s definitely getting better at travelling and the more she matures, the easier it is, but it definitely would have been too tough to put her on a truck for five days mid-prep,” Robertson said.
“If we didn’t get a flight, we wouldn’t have made the trip but we got one and we’re over here.”
But Fabergino could be stuck in Melbourne in the short term, irrespective of how she performs in the $1 million Moir Stakes.
“It depends how she runs but hopefully she can stay over for a couple of runs because there’s no returning flights at the moment,” Robertson said.
“We’ll see how she runs and how she pulls up and we’ll make another plan after that.”
Originally published asFabergino primed for Moir Stakes
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