Victorian greyhound Fabregas won the 2012 National Sprint Championship in Hobart on Saturday night in emphatic fashion, stamping his mark on the sport.
Trained by 23 year old David Hirst, Fabregas (Box 7 – $3.60) has now won 12 races from 13 starts and amassed more than $120,000 in stakes.
The Victorian won in a very quick time of 25.85s (461m) on a severely rain afftected track, beating QLD’s ever-consistent Glen Gallon (Box 5 – $6.90) and NSW chaser Exclusive One (Box 8 – $2.30F).
At just 22 months old, Fabregas has only just begun his career.
Hirst commented that usually he doesn’t cheer in Fabregas’ races but once he saw his greyhound lead he couldn’t hold himself back.
“I usually keep pretty quiet during the races but on Saturday I couldn’t hold it in, once I saw him lead and put four lengths on the field, I knew he would be strong enough to finish it off,” Hirst said.
Hirst also commented that the win is still yet to sink in and that Fabregas has pulled up ‘super’ and was even running around again on Monday morning.
The popularity of Hirst and the greyhound was also on show in Hobart as a cast of 15 made the journey from Victoria all dressed in specially made Fabregas apparel.
Leader of the Fabregas cheer squad and brother-in-law to Hirst, Luke Forsyth, said that it was a massive thrill for all who made the journey.
“There were 15 of us that went down to support David and the greyhound, mostly family and friends, we’re all so happy for him.
“The greyhound is so popular, we are even ordering more apparel tomorrow,” Forsyth said.
Fabregas and David Hirst with the Fabregas cheer squad that made the journey from Victoria