• Thursday, 04 Jul, 2019,
  • by Gerard Guthrie

Galea’s girl the Talk of Bendigo

Repeat matings are often frowned upon in breeding circles but Angela Galea didn’t hesitate to take Fainting Fancies back to Magic Sprite a second and then a third time.

The first occasion Fainting Fancies, a well-bred daughter of super sire Bombastic Shiraz and two-time Group 1 Sapphire Crown finalist Finlandia, was mated with Magic Sprite, the resultant litter was headlined by the brilliant speedster It’s All Talk.

Trained by Angela Galea, It’s All Talk won 32 of her 55 starts and started favourite in the Group 2 Sandown Laurels in 2015.

“It’s All Talk was a great dog for us,” Angela told Molly Haines and George Farrugia on RSN’s Off The Leash program.

“All of her career, she was just so consistent.

“Repeat matings are controversial. But It’s All Talk was out of the first Magic Sprite litter and the rest of the litter all won numerous races – they were very successful on the racetrack – so we didn’t really have any hesitation in going back to Magic Sprite.

“The second time produced Time To Talk and the third litter is only one week old so we’re hoping for something good out of that as well.”

As Angela alluded, the headline act in the second Magic Sprite – Fainting Fancies litter is Time To Talk, which will make her first appearance in a Group event in Friday night’s Triple M Bendigo Cup Final (425m).

Time To Talk opened her career in sensational fashion last October, when breaking the Horsham 410m record at just her second start and she’s gone on with the job, winning 15 of her 25 starts to date.

Time To Talk secured her second win from as many starts at Bendigo in last Sunday afternoon’s Cup heats, taking advantage of box one in a dominant all-the-way 23.89s performance.

WATCH: Time To Talk win her Bendigo Cup heat from box one.

After drawing awkwardly in box five for Friday’s $47,000 to-the-winner Cup Final, Time To Talk is $11 in TAB’s market, with fastest qualifier Crimson Vixen the $2.40 favourite from box two.

“I was very happy with her (heat) run,” Galea said.

“She jumped and led all-the-way against some very good dogs and she will be better for the run. That will top her up for the final.

“But there’s some very good dogs in the race and from box five she will need some luck. She will need some space early to be able to find her feet.

“You can’t really go past Crimson Vixen. I think we’re all needing to beat that dog and it’s going to be hard.”

Angela shares training duties with her dad Martin and she admits it can place some strain on the father-daughter relationship.

“He’s been training for over 40 years so I’ve been lucky enough to learn a lot from him but we are both passionate about our dogs so we do have our moments!” Angela laughed.

Having demonstrated her breeding nous with the astute repeat mating that could reap a Group 2 reward at Bendigo, Angela is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to put It’s All Talk in pup.

“I’ve got a Barcia Bale straw for her. I’m just waiting for her to come on season.”

“There were so many highlights in her career but the standout for me was probably the heats and semis of the Laurels, winning both.

“They were a great buzz but I just loved watching her race. She was so consistent week after week and you couldn’t ask any more of her.

“Unfortunately she tore a back muscle at her last start and the decision was made to retire her straight away. There was no question; she did so much for us.”

Time To Talk about to cross the line in her Bendigo Cup heat win
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Gerard Guthrie

One of Australia’s leading greyhound racing journalists since 2000 with the Greyhound Recorder and now with Greyhound Racing Victoria. Part-owner 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder winner Sheikha. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)

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