When John Quill and his wife Gaynor (pictured with One For Me after his first group victory) couldn’t agree on picking a pup they were purchasing from successful breeder Angela Langton, Quill made an inspired decision.
He fatefully chose to take the one neither of them had selected and that pup now races as One For Me, a finalist in Friday night’s Group 1 Adelaide Cup.
“My wife and I had three pups to choose from. My wife picked out one and I picked another one and I thought what am I going to do here?” Quill recalled.
“So I decided to take the other one that neither of us wanted and that’s how we got One For Me. From now on that’s how I’m going to pick all my dogs!”
One For Me crossing the finish line in the 2016 Group Two Warrnambool Classic.
Quill’s unique selection method has proven to be a stroke of genius with One For Me winning the Group 2 Warrnambool Classic in May, finishing second in the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson and boasting earnings of $175,000 heading into Friday’s $75,000 to-the-winner Adelaide Cup.
WATCH: One For Me score in the Warrnambool Classic in front of a huge crowd from box four.
“You try for years and years – I’ve been in greyhounds for forty odd years – and then you finally crack one,” Quill said.
There’s also a touch of good fortune behind Tasmanian Quill’s long and successful association with One For Me’s trainer Jeff Britton, Angela Langton’s partner.
“I’ve raced quite a few dogs with Ricky Ponting and about 15 years ago Rick and I had a dog called Breshin Bale that was going pretty good here in Tasmania so I went over to Victoria to look for a trainer,” Quill explained.
“I went to Sandown to see Allan Britton but Allan wasn’t there. Someone pointed out Allan’s son Jeff so I went over and introduced myself and from then on Jeff and I have had a really good relationship.
“I race One For Me on my own – that’s how he got his name – and Ricky’s not too happy with me!”
WATCH: One For Me finish second in the Group One Harrison-Dawson at Sandown Park from box one.
As he has for One For Me’s previous feature race appearances in the Warrnambool Classic and Harrison-Dawson, Quill will make the trip from the Apple Isle for the Adelaide Cup, where One For Me (box five) is one of six Victorian-trained finalists.
“He’ll probably be one of the outsiders from box five, but in saying that Weekend Binge in box four is very fast out so hopefully we might pop in behind him and get a cart through the field,” Quill said.
“My fellow has been missing the start a bit lately so he’ll need a bit of luck because he’s a pretty big dog and needs some galloping room but he’s very strong and if he’s within striking distance they’ll know he’s there!”
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