French jockey Johan Victoire is thrilled to have been given his first Group 1 ride in Australia, when he partners Fabrizio in the 2016 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Victoire has been riding for prominent Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse and her now co-trainer Adrian Bott, and has already delivered the Tulloch Lodge stables a number of positive performances and results.
Victoire has been pleased with what he has seen of Fabrizio and the work completed by the five-year-old through recent weeks, and is confident he will be right in the finish of the Epsom Handicap 2016.
“Everyone here is very passionate about the horses and I am very, very happy with that and will enjoy my time here,” Victoire told AAP.
“All the other jockeys have to fight every day to catch a race because the big ones have a contract.
“Given that I have the opportunity to work with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, who can refuse?
“The horse looks very strong and I am very excited and very confident for Saturday.”
Bott is equally thrilled to have booked Victoire for the ride in the Epsom Handicap and is confident that the jockey will be a good match for Fabrizio.
“He’s a lovely gentleman, Johan. He is a very hard worker, he’s in six, seven mornings a week,” Bott said.
A lightly-race five-year-old, Fabrizio has posted five wins and a minor through only eight career starts, since making his competitive debut midway through the 2015 racing calendar.
Trialling well in the lead-up to his return this time, the High Chaparral gelding stormed home to win the McGrath Estate Agents BM72 (1200m) on August 31st, before placing fourth amongst classy company in the Rosehill Bowling Club BM78 (1400m).
Having returned to winning form in the #theraces BM84 (1600m) last time out on September 17th, Fabrizio will leave from the ideal barrier 6 with only 50kgs in tow.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Epsom Handicap odds, for which Fabrizio can be taken at a quote of $8 for success.