Thursday, November 10, 2016
By his own lofty standards, 2016 hasn’t been the greatest of years for long-time greyhound trainer Cap Abbott of Edenhope.
But Abbott drove into Mount Gambier’s Tara Raceway on Wednesday morning confident that he had the dogs and the right box draws to give him the sort of day that had been a while coming.
And after Irka Jakit’s win in the first, the ClassicBet Maiden Stake (512 metres), things only got better with Blazin’ Vicky and Late One Night both winning later in the day and giving the veteran trainer his best day at the track in close to five years.
Irka Jakit’s all-the-way win continued the good run Abbott is enjoying with Tom Price mines chaplain John Dihm who some 15 months ago out of the blue had made contact.
“I never really thought any more about the call but about six months later John was on the phone again and the association has just gone on from there,” he said.
By Fabregas out of 11-race winner Another Request, Irka Jakit, which had been purchased by Dihm as a pup, later arrived at Edenhope with a very good breaking-in report.
“The only problem with her at the time was that she was very timid,” Abbott said. “But she soon got over that trait.
“To be honest I was pleasantly surprised when she ran 30.87 seconds at her first trial over 512 metres at Tara Raceway. In fact, she’s the quickest pup I’ve had first up over that distance.”
Whelped in February 2015, the 26 kilogram black bitch – a litter sister to Lobster Falls which has had 10 starts in Tasmania for five wins and four minor placings – is likely to next run in a grade six at Tara Raceway before venturing to Angle Park.
Abbott, who had a small all-up bet running with Irka Jakit, Late One Night and Rico Jakit, chose to exclude Blazin’ Vicky, a $19 chance in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m).
A 600 metre winner last month at Tara Raceway, Blazin’ Vicky couldn’t hold out Lektra Boss going into the back straight but finished strongly in the run home to defeat Gassy’s Pride and the early leader in a handy 30.23 seconds.
Late One Night, an Angle Park 515 metre winner in 29.96 seconds in April, later found his way down to Abbott – the sixth trainer to have a crack with him – after losing all form and being eligible for Pathway Racing.
“He’d trialled pretty well when I put him around Tara Raceway but I’d had a few weight issues with him so opted for the 400 metres today although I reckon he’ll get 600 metres,” he said.
Having his first start at the track, the son of Collision x Western Pearl was slowly away from box two in the Pathway Stake before railing through and finishing too strongly for Our Spinner in 23.71 seconds.
Abbott’s treble was the best day he’d had at the track since March 25, 2012 when the Kevin Mugavin trained Rich Shiraz won the Mount Gambier Cup.
On that particular day Paramount Steel won the Produce Store Feature Maiden (512 m), Cool Pick a Mount Gambier Cup Consolation (512 m) while Surfin’ Flirt and Paramount Lee both dead-heated for first in their respective events.
So the all-up bet came down to Rico Jakit which had drawn box one in the final race – the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m).
However, it was Herbilly, trained by Nifty Lenehan who was also enjoying a good day, that impressed with a 23.20 seconds best of day win after litter sister Brae’s Girl had earlier opened her winning account in the Rock’s Retreat Maiden Stake (400 m).
Rico Jakit ran fifth so that was the end of the all-up although Abbott wasn’t overly concerned.
“It’s still been a bloody good day.”