Ascot trainer Kieran McDonagh maintained his perfect strike-rate with Maschino when Final Chill won a Pinjarra maiden over 2000m on Thursday.
McDonagh has sent four gallopers to the races by the Alwyn Park sire for a 100% record. The latest has taken time to mature and was doing his best work in the final furlong for managing part-owners Jim and Trish Anderson.
Final Chill (4g Maschino – Urban Chill by Scenic) was bred by the Andersons and is the final foal of a mare related to Dandy Andy who will forever be remembered running down Vo Rogue in the 1988 Australian Cup at Flemington.
McDonagh and the Bullsbrook couple have also won city races with the Maschino-sired gallopers Lonsdale Lady (Ascot 1000 Guineas), Cockney Crew (2nd WA Derby) and Palachino.
Tiarnna Robertson has trained 6 Maschino winners from 11 individual starters headed by top-class sprinter Fabergino. The grey mare is currently in limbo waiting for a flight to the Melbourne spring carnival.
“Fabergino is highly strung and couldn’t deal with a four-day trip by float and then race at her best,” Robertson explained. “I will fly her over a month before the race, or the day before, I don’t mind, I just want her to have the chance of winning a Group 1.”
There remains a glimmer of hope for the G1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in September if Melbourne returns in time to Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions. Plan B is to stay home and target the G1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.
Fabergino won the LR Bob Hoysted Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on a previous trip east for Robertson and the Andersons. She was last seen winning the G3 Northam Stakes at Ascot.
Her Maschino stablemate Criminal Code followed Cockney Crew into a G2 WA Derby placing this year before transferring to Chris Waller at Rosehill. He is still a Class 1 horse and will have more options going forward in Sydney.
Maschino stands for a $6,600 service fee with Alfred Nobel ($2,200) at Alwyn Park. Fees (inc GST).