In his decade-long training career Robin Moore has never had that special greyhound good enough to travel interstate with.
On Thursday night an excited Moore will venture outside Victoria for the first time when the speedy Amelia Christa tackles the heats of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup at Angle Park.
Amelia Christa earned a crack at the Adelaide Cup by winning three of her last four starts at The Meadows and Sandown and she’ll be part of an imposing Victorian raiding party when she contests the first of seven Cup heats.
“I’ve never raced a dog interstate before so it’s very, very exciting,” said Robin Moore, who prepares of team of only four at Devon Meadows.
“I’ve had good city class dogs and very good country dogs but I haven’t really had the right dog to travel with before. But Amelia Christa has got a bit of x factor and it’s a thrill to have a dog in a big race like this.
“She’s very quick for her first two sections but she does get a bit tired. That’s her problem but I wouldn’t think there’d be too many faster dogs for the first two splits in Australia. She’s got a very good record, winning about half her starts (16 from 33) and she made the Traralgon Cup Final earlier in the year.”
WATCH: Amelia Christa win her heat of the Traralgon Cup in June from box one.
Amelia Christa is drawn in one of the toughest Adelaide Cup heats, with her opposition including local star Fabregal and fellow Victorians Invictus Rapid, a recent Healesville and Shepparton Cup finalist, Dundee Calypso, Alpha Demeter and Dyna Boomer, however Moore says box eight is a big plus.
“She’s drawn an extremely hard heat on paper but in saying that she’s drawn exactly where I want her,” Moore said.
“She used to be a mad railer but now she’s got a habit of using wide boxes to her advantage. She stays wide and runs around them. When she was younger she was a bit hit and miss but lately she’s been a pretty faultless beginner, touchwood.
Trainer Robin Moore after Amelia Christa’s win in the fifth Traralgon Cup heat.
“I took her over to Angle Park last Monday and she trialled well and while it’s a very tough field I think she’s a good each-way chance for sure. I’m crossing the fingers for a bit of luck early. Hopefully she can clear them.”
Moore credits his wife Michelle with selecting Amelia Christa as a pup when they purchased the well-related daughter of Head Bound and Little Bit Fancy from NSW breeder Dennis Barnes, who’s renowned for the success of his ‘Fancy’ production line.
“Dennis doesn’t usually sell pups but I just happened to ring him at the right time and my wife picked out ‘Dotty’ within a minute of seeing her!” Moore recalled.
“She started off well but then broke a shoulder in a really bad accident at home when she ran into a fence. She missed eight or nine months and came very close to not racing again but fortunately we got her back.”