Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Flying Fabregal’s back-to-back cups bid

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Good news for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club is that Fabregal is set to return next month in a bid to become Tara Raceway’s first Group Listed winner and in doing so the first greyhound to win back-to-back Mount Gambier Cups.

In last year’s cup, run over 512 metres, the outstanding daughter of Fabregas and Allinga Aye Jay defeated Arabella Figg and the 2016 winner Mojito Mayhem in race record time of 29.78 seconds for Adelaide trainer Robyn Mackellar.

However, Mackellar then announced she had suggested to Tumby Bay owner Terry McCallum that Fabregal would probably be better off in Victoria, the result being she was placed with Lyn Smith who trains in partnership with Ben Divirgilio in the farming district of Nambrok in Central Gippsland.

Nambrok trainer Lyn Smith and Fabregal.

Now a rising four-year-old, the black bitch continues to race in top form, winning at Warrnambool and Bendigo in best of the night times earlier this month, taking her overall record to 45 wins and 22 minor placings from 81 starts for prizemoney of $213,000.

Since changing kennels Fabregal has won 11 races, including wins at Sandown Park and The Meadows and will line up tomorrow night from box two in a heat of the Floodfawn Classic (525 m) for bitches at Traralgon – next week’s final carrying $7000 to the winner.

Floodfawn, bred and owned by Arthur Cooper and trained by Peter Giles, boasts a Traralgon record like no other greyhound – 15 wins from 15 starts, a track record and a Traralgon Cup in 2001. All told, she raced on 110 occasions for 39 wins and 41 minor placings.

By Awesome Assassin out of Floodgate, Floodfawn herself produced a number of top class greyhounds including Flashing Floods, a Victorian Greyhound of the Year.

Speaking earlier this week, Divirgilio said Fabregal was a definite Mount Gambier Cup starter provided there were no issues after she had contested the Floodfawn Classic.

“We’re really looking forward to getting over to Mount Gambier with her and hopeful that she can go back-to-back,” he said. “We’ll also be looking to bring over a couple of others that should be competitive.”

Meanwhile, Phil Lenehan’s Lektra Stomp, who made his Mount Gambier Cup intentions pretty clear last Sunday with a 29.57 seconds win, will line-up from box one over 500 metres at Bendigo tomorrow afternoon.

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