Monday, September 4, 2017
Undoubtedly, the win of My Dad’s Dream on Sunday was the best feel-good story to come out of Tara Raceway this year, especially given that it was Father’s Day.
Leading My Dad’s Dream to the boxes for the first race – the South Eastern Hotel Maiden Stake (512 metres) – was her owner-trainer Adam Mackereth, still chasing his first win as a hobby trainer.
Mackereth, in partnership with his father Barry, had purchased the black bitch as a six-month-old pup from NSW after she had been advertised for sale on the internet site Greyhound-Data.
By high-profile sire Fabregas, the pup was out of I’m Mighty Magic, a winner of eight races, including four at Wentworth Park.
Mackereth had first become interested in greyhounds back in 2014 when he managed the Longneck Syndicate who raced former Victorian chaser Sir Stanley, a winner of two races at Tara Raceway and now a training partner for My Dad’s Dream.
Looking to become more hands-on in the sport, young Mackereth and his father had high hopes for their youngster who had arrived in Mount Gambier at 12 months of age after seeing out his rearing in NSW.
“We were really excited about having our own greyhound,” Mackereth recalled on Sunday. “This was Dad’s first dog, we already had a racing name picked out for her and this would be my first venture into training.”
But the night before she was due to go off to be broken-in, Barry Mackereth died.
As a result, the proposed racing name was ultimately changed to My Dad’s Dream with November 13, 2016 the beginning of Adam Mackereth’s quest at Tara Raceway to win a race for his father.
It had been tough going, though, because by the time Sunday’s meeting came round, My Dad’s Dream had raced on 23 occasions for little return – only two minor placings.
And big odds were on offer once again as Mackereth placed the 29 kilogram bitch in box one.
She actually jumped surprisingly well, leading the field out of the first turn, then matching motors with Outlaw Greg down the back straight before running out a three length winner for an emotional Mackereth.
This wasn’t only a win for Adam Mackereth. It was also a win for the dog’s dedicated supporters – Mackereth’s mum Jo, Ian and Val Kenny, along with wife Kerry and their daughters Coco and Summer – who through thick and thin follow the fortunes of My Dad’s Dream.
And, of course, it was a win for Barry Mackereth whose name will figure alongside his son on the presentation photo which soon, no doubt, will take pride of place in the Mackereth household.