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.