In form mare Flying for Tom Dabernig

Trainer Tom Dabernig says there is plenty of time to get ambitious with in form mare Flying Mascot who scored an impressive win at Flemington.

The Warrnambool-trained mare landed her third win at Group 3 level when she took out the Matron Stakes (1600m) on Saturday to go with her victory second-up in the Mannerism Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 26.

Given a perfect run by Blaike Mcdougall, Flying Mascot scored a widening two length win from Groovy Kinda Love with Rocha Clock a half-length away third.

Dabernig planned a quiet autumn for Flying Mascot before getting ambitious with her in the spring.

The next outing for Flying Mascot is expected to be the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at The Valley on March 25 before going for a spell.

“We’ve tried to just progress her gradually,” Dabernig said.

“She only had four runs in the spring, and this was only her third run in the autumn.

“I think she’s a very good miler and I think there’s still probably better to come as she can handle wet or dry ground.

“The plan has always been to go in 13 days and look at Moonee Valley for the Group 2 Sunline Stakes for the mares and then we’ll probably be a bit more ambitious in the spring if she spells well after this autumn.”

McDougall has been aboard Flying Mascot in her three victories in stakes races and said the mare was a dream to ride.

“She’s a lovely mare and quite progressive,” McDougall said.

“We keep raising the bar every start and she keeps stepping up.

“Tom’s got a masterplan. He’s a very astute trainer and he keeps turning her out in terrific order.”

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