Victorian greyhound Fabriola Zad set the track alight at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon when clocking a sizzling 29.33 seconds in heat five of the Commercial Hotel Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres).
Having his first run at the track, the red fawn dog was quickly away from box eight and in front turning out of the first turn. From then on it was always going to be a matter of how far, Fabriola Zad finishing full of running to defeat last year’s cup winner Sunset Milo by 81⁄4 lengths.
Raced by the Dailly Greyhound Farms Syndicate, the winner’s time was only three-quarters of a length outside Rockoon’s track record of 29.28 seconds established on July 1, 2018.
The win was the first leg of a cup heats double for Portland caretaker trainer Neville Lenehan who is standing in for regular trainer Andrea Dailly of Anakie. In the sixth and final heat, the Dailly team’s Gypsy Bun took the lead down the back before holding off a determined Oakvale Style to score by two lengths in a quick 29.67 seconds.