According to Mathew Tabb, of Lara, Digitorum is a greyhound that generally does everything right.
And that was certainly the case in the final race last Thursday at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting when the well-supported white and black dog defeated a 512 metres field worthy of Sunday status in a quick 29.70 seconds.
In fact, the time equalled the fastest run at a Thursday meeting this year. Silent Jacko had posted the same time back on March 4 when defeating Yellow And Black by 7½ lengths.
Having his first start at the track, Digitorum was fairly away from box four in the Winningformula.net.au 5+ Wins Stake before quickly working into a forward spot and pleasing Tabb when ultimately holding out Hello I’m Jade and Dick Grayson.
“My main concern today had been the fact that he hadn’t had much two-bend racing for a while. But he handled himself pretty well. And while we’ve raced plenty of dogs here, today is the first time I’ve been here, the locals assuring me his winning time was pretty quick,” he said.
With 20 greyhounds in work, along with 15 pups, the Tabb operation is a real family affair. Digitorum is by Fernando Bale out of Batwoman and was bred by Mathew. He handled him last Thursday for his father Stephen who trains the dog for the Cabo Syndicate which comprises members of a local soccer club.
“Actually, my 14-year-old daughter Belle made the trip over to Mount Gambier several weeks ago with Kevin Ward and helped him with his dogs,” Tabb said. “And she was keen to come with me today but I assured her school was going to take priority.”
Currently, Tabb is enjoying much success with a greyhound called Tinker Craig. “He’s a real jet” was how the trainer described the fawn son of Fernando Bale and Gawker Bale.
Tinker Craig has raced on 35 occasions for 15 wins and more than $65,000 in stakemoney. A finalist in last December’s Group 2 Ballarat Cup, he has also run quick times at the Meadows 525 m (29.79), Sandown Park 515 m (29.29), Bendigo 425 m (23.67) and Ballarat 450 m (25.16).
And going back a few years, the Tabb-trained Maccaboy reached the final of the 2012 Group 1 Bold Trease (715 m) won by Miata.
Later, Brendan Bunworth took over the training of Maccaboy, the son of Return The King x Bunner’s Lass winning the South Eastern Hotel Feature Distance (732 m) at the 2014 Mount Gambier Cup meeting.
In 2006 Tabb achieved Group 1 glory as the owner of Superman. Trained by Emin Aydemir, the son of Brett Lee and I’m Puzzles won the Perth Cup and the Hobart 1000. He also won the Group 2 Queensland Derby.