SMART heat winner Prince Fabio looks set to score the first of perhaps many major races this Thursday night at Hobart in the Dennis Collis Memorial Final (461m).
Westbury-based trainers Richard and Jillian Stamford prepared the son of My Bro Fabio to clock in third fastest of the six run-offs, posting a very smart PB of 26.30.
Powering over the field, he defeated That’s Pops Boy and Tah Bandit by a quarter of a length.
Hall of Fame co-trainer Richard Stamford gave a brief assessment on Prince Fabio’s performance.
“Prince Fabio is a pup who is all legs and needs room early to wind up his big motor,” he said.
The monstrous home-bred chaser has now won three of 12 starts – opening his winning account previously at Hobart in 26.57 before a vigorous display to run a sizzling 25.63 at Devonport.
“Pedigree wise the dog is bred to stay, his mum (Capetown Gem) was a well-proven 700m bitch in Tasmania and My Bro Fabio does through strength, for now the dog is still learning the caper.”
Robin Stock’s Bobby Bound set the time standard for the series, posting a very slick 26.00 heat win.
The Decembrist chaser downed Cosmic Nova and Superb Innings by three and three-quarter lengths.
Champion trainer Ted Medhurst will be looking to renew his feature race CV for 2018, as Miss Greer worked home strongly from the back of the field, to win the third heat over Maddy’s Boy in 26.82.
Buckle Up Alex showed great strength in the opening heat, the son of Cosmic Rumble doing his best work late beating Fairy Baroque in 26.44.
Yes Messi and Seaside both outsiders, scored eye-catching performances in their heats.
Drawing box two in Thursday’s evenly-contested feature has kept the Stamford’s quietly confident.
“He’s much suited drawn close to the rails then out wide,” Richard stated.
“It’s pretty much an even-graded field so it will be entirely up to the dog produce his best.”