Written By Carl Di lorio for racing.com
Coleraine was the setting of the latest chapter in Tom Dabernig’s career on Thursday, with the 45-year-old training his first winner since departing Lindsay Park.
Dabernig prepared his first winner as an independent trainer from his Warrnambool base when Lunatic Fringe ($2.25 favourite) won the $35,000 Wilson’s Real Estate BM58 Handicap (2250m) by nine lengths.
Dabernig worked for 25 years under the Lindsay Park Racing banner, serving the past seven years as a training partner.
Lunatic Fringe was formerly trained by Lindsay Park’s various partnerships, which included Dabernig until having her past two starts in recent weeks for Ben and JD Hayes. The five-year-old daughter of Fiorente renewed her association with Dabernig at Coleraine.
“She’s always been a late-maturing mare and Johnny Valmorbida, the main owner who bred her, he’s been very patient, so their patience is starting to pay off,” Dabernig said.
“In the run she travelled nicely, relaxed and ran the trip out strongly. She’s heading in the right direction. The aim has always been to try and get her to town.”
John Allen has steered Lunatic Fringe to victory at her past two starts and believed she had improved from her 3.25-length Benchmark 58 handicap win over 2000 metres at Casterton on July 19.
“She’s a big mare and this track that continually turned didn’t suit her but she was always travelling easily,” Allen said. “I let her roll up to the lead and she put them to bed pretty quickly.”
Dabernig has 15 boxes at Warrnambool which he has already filled and he is in the process of having stables built at Warrnambool Racecourse, with the hope they will be completed midway through the summer.
“Then we’ll have 38 boxes with some more to come, so we’re looking forward to that,” said Dabernig, who added he hopes to have a ‘medium-sized’ team of approximately 40 in work.
“I think there’s some other good things about Warrnambool with the tracks and things and we’ve got access to these nice country tracks too. We’re enjoying being a part of it.”
Lunatic Fringe has raced 12 times for three wins and as many placings, with prizemoney of $61,280.