Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Mo Town Roy’s win last Sunday in one of the better 600 metre races run at Tara Raceway in 2017 wrapped up a pretty good year for the son of Razldazl Jayfkay x New Year’s Punch, his connections, the Micallef brothers, and trainer Cap Abbott of Edenhope.
Surely the omen bet of the day in light of his breeding, Mo Town Roy went straight to the front from box two, eventually running out a three length winner over Homer in 35.44 seconds.
In Abbott’s kennels for the past 18 months, the 35 kilogram brindle dog ended 2017 with three Tara Raceway 600 metre wins which complemented five 600 metre wins and one over 731 metres at Angle Park as well as a 643 metre win at Gawler.
The septuagenarian (someone between 70 and 80 years of age) trainer had his best year ever at Tara Raceway in 2017 with 31 wins, 37 seconds and 35 thirds which saw him finish in fifth spot on the Leading Trainers’ list.
Abbott, who won the 1974 Melbourne Cup with a $30 pup called Kwik Metal, will hit the highway again tomorrow when he heads to Adelaide with Mo Town Roy, Shaniqua, Emily As and Blonde Barbados for the Angle Park meeting.
Also making the trip from Portland to Angle Park tomorrow – for the first time – will be Tara Raceway’s 2017 leading trainer Nicole Stanley with Verev, Fiorelli Rose, Big Lebowski, Rising Girl (reserve) and Shiney Bling who will clash with Mo Town Roy in a pretty handy Mixed 3/4/5 over 600 metres.