By Jonny Turner
Fabrizio will give his rivals something to chase at Addington on Friday night if he can match the confidence shown in him around the stable this week
The Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon trained three-year-old will attempt to complete a post-lockdown hat-trick when he clashes with open class star Nandolo in the meeting’s feature pace.
Fabrizio not only steps up in class after running sizzling sectionals in his two impressive victories, but the pacer will also have to negotiate his first standing start in race 7.
When queried about this, Dalgety did not mince his words.
“He will begin like a rocket.”
The trainer then qualified that big statement by confirming that Fabrizio should begin well if he faces up to the tapes well and is not hindered by anything beyond his control.
“He is a pretty sensible horse, so I am expecting him to step away pretty well if everything goes to plan.”
Dalgety is just as confident about Fabrizio measuring up to the class of horses like Nandolo, Tango Tara and Cast No Shadow.
“He has really come on recently.”
“He is only a three-year-old, but he is almost four and four-year-olds win cups these days.”
“So, I don’t think he will have too much trouble in that grade.”
Fabrizio gets a head start on two of his main rivals in Friday night’s 2600m handicap.
He starts on the front line alongside Tango Tara, who hit the line strongly for second when resuming behind Nandolo last week.
Third placegetter, Cast No Shadow starts from the 10m mark ahead of Nandolo, who is 20m behind the front markers.
Stepping up in class is not something Star Of Timpany has to conquer, despite her last start win at Addington.
The two-year-old looks exceptionally well placed under the rating 45-51 conditions of race 6.
“This is going to be her last start before we give her a bit of a break,” Dalgety said.
“She is fit and well and should go another good race.”
Dalgety gave Alta Endeavour the nod as his leading chance in race 8.
The three-year-old will clash with his stablemate, El Dorado, in the 1980m event after his last start win at Addington.
El Dorado comes in to the race after fading out after over-racing in his last start.
“El Dorado got pulling last time, which he can do,” Dalgety said.
“He has certainly got to the speed to be in it, but Alta Endeavour is probably the better chance because he can rough it a bit more.”
The Dalgety and Purdon stable also have consistent maiden, Invaluable, in race 3 and Gemma Mac in race 2.
Fabrizio is not the only horse seeking a post lockdown hat-trick at Addington on Friday night.
Trainers Greg and Nina Hope and driver Gerard O’Reilly will try to make it three in a row with their refreshed and revitalised squaregaiter, Matua Tana, in race 9, the meeting’s 2600m feature handicap trot.
The big-striding six-year-old comes into the event after producing a crushing performance in his last start to take down open class star, Majestic Man.