O'Brien feeling Fabulist


Talented mare Fabulist made it a hat-trick of wins yesterday and in the process broke a frustrating run of city placings for trainer Danny O’Brien.

Fabulist proved too strong for her rivals in the 0-89 Mares event at Sandown, pictured, coming with a strong finishing burst from midfield to claim the prize to give O’Brien his first Victorian metropolitan winner for the season.

“We ran second in the two races before Fabulist's and that had made it 12 placings for the season, so it was good for her to get us off the mark,” O’Brien said

O’Brien is expecting Fabulist to measure up to nicer races later in her campaign after yesterday’s excellent performance.

“It was another very strong performance as that was more like a Saturday class mares’ race,” O’Brien said.

“It was an excellent ride by James (Winks) and it’s pleasing as a trainer when a horse can step up each time you raise the bar for them,” the trainer said.

The Savabeel mare started her winning run in the Steward’s Room at Geelong on August 13, when James Winks was successful in lodging a protest for interference in 0-68 handicap.

“Since that run she has gone from strength to strength and has found a couple of lengths that she has needed to when she steps up in grade,” Winks said.

The four-year-old mare made it back-to-back wins in a 0-72 handicap on August 27, before completing the hat-trick of victories yesterday.

O’Brien said he was considering keeping her to sprinting trips this campaign given the brilliance she has shown at her past two starts.

“We are still finding out about the Savabeel’s, but given how well she is sprinting I am more than likely going to keep her to the 1100-1300m range during the carnival,” O’Brien said.

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