Listed victory for Fabrizio on Cup Day

High Chaparral’s second stakes winner on Melbourne Cup day came with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fabrizio.

The 5yo gelding has been a stakes winner in waiting and was well fancied in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap.

Things went wrong that day when he took control of international jockey Johan Victoire.

He redeemed himself when strolling home by over four lengths at Randwick, which was the perfect prep for Tuesday’s ¬†Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m).


With Luke Nolen managing to rate Fabrizio just off the speed, there was plenty left in the tank when asked for the supreme effort turning for home.

Keeping up a relentless gallop, Fabrizio strolled home by three and a quarter lengths from Tucanchoo (Pentire) with Desert Jeuney (Desert King) a head back in third.

A homebred for George Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud, Fabrizio is a half-brother to Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner Eagle Falls and Group III winner Mahara who were both by Hussonet (USA).

Fabrizio is the fifth and final foal of the Sydney winning Desert King mare Desina whose stakes-winning dam Presina is a half-sister to Group III Adrian Knox Stakes winner Seto Flowerian (Yeats), the dam of the Japanese Group 1 performers Tiger Café and Fusaichi Junk.

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