Trained in Victoria by Rob Britton, the champion race bitch landed on the bunny from box two and never gave her rivals a chance, holding on to defeat the fast-finishing Midnight Treat (Shakey Jakey x Midnight News Jan ’15) by one and one quarter lengths in 42.41.
Kennel representative Brendan Pursell, who co-trains with Britton at his Lara property, said the team couldn’t be happier with Fanta Bale.
“She is flying at present, she is just such a good bitch,” Pursell told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“She knows how to win – she doesn’t clock flying time or win by a huge margin – but she is competitive and she gets the job done.
“She is one in a million.”
Fanta Bale took the Group 3 Sydney Cup last night, leading all the way from box two to win in 42.42 pic.twitter.com/cAAhYbpD2x
The win took Fanta Bale’s career stats to 49 starts for 33 wins, five seconds and five thirds, with her prize money earnings now sitting at $964,835 for team Britton and her owner, Paul Wheeler.
“That’s what she’ll be set for now – we’ll try and get her [prize money] over $1 million.
“It’s hard to get a dog which can achieve the feat, we are very lucky to have her getting so close.
“There is a lot of pressure which comes with having a bitch like her – everyone is looking at her so she has to perform 100 per cent all the time.
“But I think she’ll get there, for sure.”
Britton missed Saturday night’s victory as he is currently in America attending greyhound sales where he has purchased a couple of dogs.
He will no doubt be trying to snare another Ucme Typhoon (Dodgem By Design x Uss Mysterious Aug ’09) – the dam of Fanta Bale – which he purchased from the US and raced in Australia before leasing as a brood bitch to Paul Wheeler.
“Rob has been saying for a long time that American bloodlines are going to have a big influence on our racing,” Pursell said.
“That shows with Fanta Bale and we are hopeful that her and her sisters can continue the line for years to come.
“Rob is a big believer in American dogs – he thinks they are a bit stronger. He has set up a farm over there and he breeds and we send a lot of bitches over there to breed and it seems to be paying off now.”