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‘Zooming in’ on Zoom Out

Avalon-based breeder-owner-trainer Michelle Mallia enjoyed a stellar run from mid-2017 until early 2019 with the flying Zoom Out.

And now some members of her first litter (Sep ’19 Barcia Bale) – bred by Mallia – are following in mum’s pawprints.

Two of her sons, Bolt Out (19.15sec) and Boom Out (19.16sec), were impressive winners at Healesville last Sunday. Boom Out has won 13 from 27 and Bolt Out six from 24.

Mallia also trains their sister, Rush Out, which has won five from 19, while Lara’s Mathew and Kathryne Tabb prepare Jack Out (four from 20) and Cruz Out (two from 13).

“There wasn’t one race start in her whole career that she didn’t give me 100%. And her pups are pretty much the same.”

Obviously, Mallia is excited about the litter’s prospects. But she’s also as proud as punch with their dam.

Zoom Out (Feb ’16 Banjo Boy x Unquestionably) raced on 61 occasions for 29 wins, 15 seconds and four thirds with stakes totalling $148,315.

She was runner-up in the 2017 G2 Laurels, 2018 G2 Warrnambool Cup and 2018 G3 Healesville Cup, and fourth in the 2018 G2 Shepparton Cup.

Zoom Out also won the 2018 Healesville Oaks. Her last eight starts read: 12121211.

And she created ‘shockwaves’ in her race debut at Ballarat (450m) on July 19, 2017.

WATCH: Zoom Out’s (6) spectacular last-to-first debut win had tongues wagging.

“We threw her into the race pretty much,” Mallia said. “She totally missed the start by six lengths if not more.

“I thought, ‘she’s blown this one’ and then all of a sudden she’s gone straight through the field and won the race by about four or five lengths.

“I actually received some calls from the bigger trainers, and they said it was one of the most amazing performances ever seen.”

Mallia continues to be amazed by Zoom Out’s tenacity on the racetrack.

“She was so little, 26.6kg. She just hit the ground and would go straight through the middle of them.

“Her achievements were amazing, nearly $150,000. She won her last start in 21.79sec at Ballarat. Unfortunately, she tore a back muscle when she went into the catching pen and that ended her career.

“She just gave her all. There wasn’t one race start in her whole career that she didn’t give me 100%. And her pups are pretty much the same. Unfortunately, they’re injury prone.”

Boom Out and Bolt Out back up at Healesville this Sunday and Mallia is effusive in her support of straight track racing.

Zoom Out and some of her talented progeny.

“It’s great when you’re coming off an injury to have that opportunity to be able to put your dog up the straight.

“And not to have to go around the bend when they’re coming off such serious injuries as my dogs had.

“It’s great for Healesville that the prizemoney has gone up too, because they’re getting such quality dogs going up the straight now.

“I just think it’s great. It’s a good track, that’s for sure.”

A gallant Zoom Out (8) is bloused right on the line by champion Striker Light (5) in the 2018 G2 Warrnambool Cup.

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About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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