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 71⁄2 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 for- ward 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 had not had much two-bend racing for a while. But he handled him- self pretty well,” he said.
“And while we have raced plenty of dogs here, today is the first time I have been here, the locals assuring me his winning time was pretty quick.
”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 win- ning 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.
Gifford Hill trainer Tony Rasmussen turned up at Tara Raceway last Thursday with an interesting runner by the name of Cash Or Cheque whose last win had been up the straight at Murray Bridge back in February.
A half-sister to Crash Bandicoot, a winner of 20 races, including the Group 1 Vic Peters at Wentworth Park in 2017, Cash Or Cheque is raced by Adelaide- based owner Nick Lalli who purchased the daughter of Lucky Chap and J’s Robin before racing.
Her breeding is different.
Lucky Chap is another one of those greyhounds that retired with the more than handy race record of 20 wins from 39 starts and $73,000 in stakemoney but subsequently attracted little attention from breeders.
The US-bred J’s Robin, a daughter of Lonesome Cry and Boy Trouble USA, was the North American win leader in 2012 and subsequently was named in the All America Greyhound team of that year.
Cash Or Cheque kicked off her racing career at Murray Bridge over 395 metres in August-September last year with two wins.
However, a fortnight later Rasmussen found himself facing a significant challenge after she turned in the boxes.
“It was a case of her totally losing con- fidence and it was some months before we had her back on the track again,” he said.
“When she did return she won three races up the straight but today was her first win this year around the circle.
” Having her second run at Tara Raceway on the back of a handy third behind Brazen Crow and Fly By Them last month, Cash Or Cheque led all the way in last Thursday’s Metal Worx 5+ Wins Stake (400 m), when defeating Zen Prince by six lengths in a handy 23.23 seconds.
“I was pretty happy with that effort,” Rasmussen later said.
“It was probably a good move to bring her down here to race behind the finish-on-lure and give her something a bit different to think about.
”Rasmussen, who had trained 80 winners at the end of March in partnership with wife Lisa, said he was a great believer in varying tracks for his greyhounds and as such would be continuing to support Tara Raceway.