The Meadows proudly announce that they will honour recently-retired champion Fanta Bale by renaming the Group 1 Superstayers to the Group 1 Fanta Bale Superstayers from 2019 onwards.
The Meadows Manager Marg Long said MGRA Directors made the decision to rename the 725-metre Superstayers – which runs on Australian Cup night – in honour of Fanta Bale given her incredible racing career.
“Her remarkable achievements during her career speak for themselves. Amazingly, she won nine Group 1 races – including five at The Meadows – so our Directors felt renaming a race she famously won this year to pass Fernando Bale’s prizemoney record would be fitting. We’ve had some famous races at The Meadows, but the roar of the crowd as Fanta Bale returned to the winning dias on Australian Cup night was one of the more memorable moments we’ve seen since the track opened in 1999. Her connections – including trainer Rob Britton – should be congratulated for their star’s unforgettable career.”
“She is the only greyhound to win Group races over all three distances at The Meadows and this year became the only greyhound to be invited to all three invitation races (G1 Temlee, Rookie Rebel, Zoom Top).”
This week, connections announced her retirement from racing after suffering an injury in a heat of the Group 1 Association Cup at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, finishing with 42 wins from 63 starts, 13 Group wins and $1.365 in prizemoney, which is an Australian record.