The opportunity to combine business with pleasure has produced a successful homecoming for renowned greyhound trainer Christine Robartson and has given her the chance to annex the trophy for one of WA’s biggest races.
Robartson, who is formerly from the Mandurah area but is now based in Queensland, has qualified promising youngster Give And Take for tonight’s group three Birthday Cup (405m) at Kanyana Park.
‘‘Give And Take was always coming over to contest the Birthday Cup but the chance to catch up with family while I was here meant that I came over a few weeks early,’’ Robartson explained.
The speedy black has been racing at Mandurah since the end of December and he has taken full benefit from the extended stay, a luxury not afforded to most eastern States ‘‘raiders’’.
Give And Take showed he had fully acclimatized to his new environment when he recorded a smart time of 22.42 to win his heat last weekend.
The $37,500 final brings together a good field and is a wide open affair with the likes of the in-form Rudge, former track record holder Belarus and exciting young chaser Al’s Special.
With only nine starts and tick under $9000 in stakemoney to his name Give And Take is certainly the baby of the field.
‘‘He hasn’t had a lot of experience and we’ve thrown him to the wolves a bit but it’s worked out and he’s done well,’’ Robartson said.
Give And Take will have the advantage of the rails alley which could be a crucial factor in his favour over this distance where a good start is vital to your chances.
In a race that lasts fewer than 23 seconds the first few strides can make all the difference between winning and losing.
‘‘He loves box one and I couldn’t believe it when we drew that,’’ Robartson said.
‘‘I was so excited.
‘‘If he jumps he’s got the early toe and he really motors but he just needs that little bit of room to accelerate.’’