Maschino is a difficult stallion to categorize apart from an amazing ability to turn one in four of his winners into black-type performers.

The Alwyn Park resident can sire out-and-out sprinters like Fabergino (12 wins to 1100m) and Wilchino (9 wins to 1200m) or stayers the calibre of Marocchino (12 wins to 2200m), Mr Delegator (6 wins to 2100m) and Lonsdale Lady (4 wins to 1800m).

The Dan Morton-trained Another Chino (Photo / Western Racepix) is his latest galloper to get over ground with Listed victories in the John Roberts Stakes (1800m) and Melvista Stakes (2200m) at Ascot.

He continues to firm for the G2 WATC Derby (2400m) on April 8 and is now a $4 second-favourite for the classic behind stablemate She’s Fit ($3.50).

“He’s a proper stayer in the making,” Morton declared following the narrow victory over Demolish (Rich Enuff) in the Melvista dress-rehearsal last Saturday.  “He’s a big, raw horse and I’m confident he will get the journey in the Derby.”

Another Chino is a homebred for Maschino’s owners Jim and Trish Anderson and there’s a fair degree of stamina through his deceased dam Apheta.  She was by Galileo – say no more – and her second dam Storm Fille was a daughter of G1 Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch.

Storm Fille was raced by John Roberts and was placed behind Honor Lap (NZ) in the 2002 editions of the WA Derby and WA Oaks.

Maschino (Encosta de Lago) has another 3yo winner waiting in the wings named Go Go Grommet.  A homebred for Fabergino’s trainer Tiarnna Robertson, he’s a half-brother to her Vital Equine (Ire) winners Angry Annie and So Sway.

Go Go Grommet won a Lark Hill trial in June 2022 and is ready to debut following a Belmont 1000m trial win over Star Power (War Chant) on Monday.

Dan Morton farewelled his Maschino flyer Wilchino last month when she was purchased by Mungrup Pastoral’s Gray Williamson for $140,000 at the Magic Millions Online Sale.  She changed hands with maximum EPONA credits of $10,000 and will be covered by Playing God in September.

Wilchino registered 9 wins in 18 starts and was also black-type placed in the LR Summer Scorcher (1000m) at Ascot on New Year’s Day.  She was retired after her next start in the LR Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) when a vet examination revealed bilateral foreleg lameness.