Ten-year-old Kaylah Azzopardi has revealed the secret to the success of her favourite greyhound, Zambora Brockie – cuddles.
The brilliant sprinter is the $3.40 favourite after drawing Box 6 in Saturday night’s $215,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun (525m) at The Meadows, and Kaylah revealed that when he isn’t winning races – he has won 25 from 41 races so far – Zambora Brockie can be found snuggled up on his bed getting plenty of TLC from his number one fan.
“I had a really good feeling before he won the Horsham Cup, but this time I have an even better feeling and I think giving him lots of cuddles helps. We are very confident he will do well,” Kaylah said.
“Greyhounds are very cute and playful. I really love them because of their funny personalities!”
The daughter of former NSW and now Victorian trainer Anthony Azzopardi, Kaylah has grown up alongside some of the fastest greyhounds in the country, and she has aspirations of becoming a greyhound trainer herself one day.
But for now she is content cheering on her dad’s greyhounds, and she will be doing exactly that at The Meadows on Saturday night as Zambora Brockie attempts to win his fifth group race and add the $150,000 Topgun first prize to the $362,873 in prize money he has already won so far.
The Azzopardi team has won other greyhound in the Topgun, $71 outsider Let It Develop.
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Zambora Brockie shares a moment with trainer Anthony Azzopardi and his daughter Kaylah.
Zambora Brockie’s talent was on show when he took out the 2016 Horsham Cup.