Day At The Track

Dylan cautious on cracking the code

12:34 PM 13 May 2019 NZST
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Dylan Marshall and Tayla Fellows with Barbie Mattgregor,Harness racing
Dylan Marshall and Tayla Fellows with Barbie Mattgregor

Bendigo harness racing hobby trainer Dylan Marshall is far from convinced he's found the secret to his mare Barbie Mattgregor - despite her winning two of her past four starts.

"You would probably confidently think 'yes' I have got her to turn the corner; but the honest answer is more like a 'no'!" Marshall said.

"The horse can be a lovely little thing, but she has attitude and is very moody. She also has a few other issues, mainly involving muscles. But don't get me wrong, she can be fast when her head is in the game."

Marshall said Barbie Mattgregor (Rob Roy Mattgregor-My Barbie Doll (In The Pocket) had been tried by a handful of other trainers in Queensland and New South Wales, before coming to Victoria.

"She's had about 30 starts and been sent out favorite in probably 10 of those, so I'm perhaps at the end of the queue," he said.

But the mare was on song last week that's for sure, with an impressive win at Maryborough (her second there in a little over a month). And just maybe Marshall is under-selling the work he's doing!

"It was just another perfect drive by Greg Sugars because if the horse lands in a good spot and does little work, she can sprint hard for about 400 metres," Marshall said.

When the well-supported Whata Challenge ($6.50 into $2.10 favorite on fixed odds) zipped to the lead, Sugars was quick to jump on its back.

With a steady pace, Barbie Mattgregor was in second gear awaiting her chance. That came on the home corner when Sugars pulled out and worked home best to the wire. The win made it a quartet for the crack young reinsman from Larajay Farm, Myrniong.

Barbie Mattgregor, who was ignored in betting, starting at 25/1, is one of five horses trained by Marshall and his partner Tayla Fellows. The pair are based at a property opposite Lord's Raceway, Bendigo.

Marshall was born into harness racing, growing up in Tasmania.

"My (late) dad Peter was a trainer-driver, so I was always going to follow in his footsteps. I trained horses and drove back home and that's continued on since I crossed to the mainland," he said.

"We just keep ticking along and I suppose we've had a fair bit of success, mainly through 'second-handers', which we don't mind.

"Steve Clements (of Brisbane Pastoral Company) has been great in sending us a few over the years. We've now got some young ones along with a half-sister to Carl Mattgregor, who has won six races for us."

Marshall, who works as a diesel mechanic, said he was unable to take time off from his job to attend meetings held during the day.

"That's the way it goes. But everything is working out great with Tayla being in charge at the past two Maryborough meetings where Barbie Mattgregor has been successful," he said.

"Tayla does fast work with me and other stables chores, so it's working out nice for us."

 

Terry Gange

NewsAlert PR Mildura

 

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