The Fab Fevola Show Not Over Yet - WATCH
Mar 23, 2016
He's a cult hero, Moonee Valley is his stage, and he's back there again - hopefully, not for the final time - on Thursday night.
He'll have his work cut out for him - he usually does with his well-publicised breathing difficulties - but trainer Dean Binaisse said he'll keep bowling along in front as usual, and hopefully, onto his 10-year-old season.
"Not sure, I'd have to talk to the owner," Binaisse said on whether the nine-year-old son of Falvelon would continue racing.
"The horse is 100 per cent sound, there's nothing physically wrong with him, he's just been unlucky in the runs that he's had.
"He carries on here worse than a two-year-old. He's loving what he does.
"If he showed any signs that he'd had enough, I'd be the first one to pull the stumps up.
"He's already got a home set for him, he's going to be a nanny at a stud for all the weanlings and yearlings.
"It just depends on what the owner wants to do next season."
Binaisse certainly has turned around the fortunes of the former Queensland galloper in his four years in the stable at Mornington - ‘he was running last in Class 6 races on the Gold Coast’ - and said while he's had just three wins in 46 starts for the stable, his record against some top-quality sprinters was undeniable.
The trainer, too, said having a limited capacity was a handicap, and even still he's got a fourth-place finish in the 2015 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington to his name.
But it's the Valley where he does his best work. Why?
"Just the tight turns, he can just roll along," Binaisse said.
"If we can get him to flow along, it makes it hard for others to catch him.
"It's well-documented he can't breathe, he sort of does it all on one breath.
"When you look at the horses that have beaten him, The Quarterback just beat him at Flemington last season and comes out and wins a Group 1.
"If the old horse could breathe, he'd be right up there mixing it with the best of them."
Binaisse said a firmer track than what has been on offer at the Valley would give his charge his best chance of posting another win, with CrownBet assessing him as a $26 fancy.
Win, lose or draw on Thursday night, ‘Fabby’ will be giving his all out in front, and maybe for another season to come yet.