Thursday, March 2, 2017
Fabregal, nominal favourite for the Mount Gambier Cup, will be transferred to Victoria after Sunday’s $10,000 final at Tara Raceway.
Lewiston trainer Robyn Mackellar said this week that the black bitch, a 29.87 seconds heat winner last Sunday, would be transferred to Lyn Smith of Nambrok.
“I’m cutting back in numbers and suggested to the owner that Fabregal would now be better placed in Victoria,” she said.
A winner of more than $150,000, the daughter of Fabregas x Allinga Aye Jay is owned at Tumby Bay by Terry McCallum who purchased her as a five-month-old pup prior to rearing her.
The litter was bred by Morphett Vale couple Tracey and Trevor Davey who have been well rewarded for taking the punt with a well-bred bitch that won only one race.
There are litters by Glen Gallon and Nitro Burst to follow while the Daveys also have a Dyna Double One straw.
Fabregal was broken-in at 14 months of age but according to Mackellar the report was nothing special.
“It wasn’t until she returned from breaking-in that she actually started to put it altogether. But by the time she was ready for her first start I knew we had something special.”
And so began the continuation of a successful owner and trainer association after they had previously combined to win 20 races and more than $30,000 in stakemoney with former NSW greyhound Just Shine.
So Robyn Mackellar, whose grandmother Betty Brown started blazing a trail for female greyhound trainers all those years ago, will be looking to blaze her own trail in this year’s cup.
Twenty years of Mount Gambier Cups at the Lake Terrace East venue have yet to deliver a female-trained winner.
Mackellar, along with Nicole Stanley, Bea Bryant and Yvonne King, will all be out to create their own piece of history at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.