Tatura-based coach David Warburton couldn’t be happier together with his homebred greyhound Tat Warby (Banjo Boy x Fireplace Stricker).
On the canine’s first begin, in February 2018, he was a winner, and extra just lately a winner at begin quantity 100. And, profitable once more, at begin quantity 101, greater than three years afterward March 22.
However don’t anticipate the “evergreen” Tat Warby — identified about the home as “Warbo” — to be venturing to tracks apart from Shepparton any time quickly.
“I like going to Shepparton as a result of I’m not a traveller anymore. If I had a very quick canine I’d have to offer it to another person to coach, as a result of I simply don’t journey nowadays. I hope there are extra veterans races for ‘Warbo’. Having gained three of his final 4 races, he’s now out graded,” Warburton stated.
Warburton, a former Unilever worker, has had greyhounds all his life, together with his father and grandfather coaching greyhounds as effectively.
Tatura residents and followers of Carlton Soccer Membership might be effectively acquainted with the Warburton household’s intensive sporting historical past.
Warburton’s father, Keith, often called “The Acrobat”, represented the Blues on 74 events.
Keith Warburton additionally went on to change into a profitable greyhound owner-trainer, whereas David’s brother, Peter additionally performed with the Carlton seniors within the early Nineteen Seventies.
Keith had a formidable popularity as a footballer, and amongst the numerous plaudits he was famend for his sense of equity on the soccer subject.
So I requested David what he thought his late father imparted to him, with regard to his greyhound racing pursuits.
“That’s a simple query to reply — kindness, be sort to them. That was Dad’s nature in life. He simply cherished animals. He by no means swore or stated something disagreeable, and my mom Rose, used to like taking milk right down to the pups as effectively,” Warburton stated.
I used to be additionally compelled to ask what he does to fluctuate Tat Warby’s coaching regime, provided that after 101 begins he’s going stronger than ever.
“I wish to get within the paddock and play with my greyhounds as they chase the tennis ball round,” Warburton stated.
“I’ve bought somewhat squeaky toy that the canines play with and Tat Warby has one explicit rubber ball that he loves chasing. You could possibly throw 10 balls out within the paddock, however there’s this one explicit ball, that ‘Warbo’ will proceed to go to.
“He actually is a giant child, and also you’ll discover that they’re all people, similar to the human race, they’re all totally different.”
Warburton presently has six greyhounds in work and they’re all out of the identical brood matron — Fireplace Stricker.
Fireplace Stricker is now often called “Pip” and, at 13 years of age, Warburton proudly stated: “I ought to in all probability say that she is the boss of the kennels, and all of ‘Pip’s’ pups have gained races.
“When you have got been breeding greyhounds all of your life, watching them win a race is much more particular.
“In the event that they harm themselves, you get harm with them and also you’ll lay awake at night time worrying about them as in the event that they had been your youngsters.
“We’ve had loads of canines, together with Flying Spook, who gained a Victorian Nation Championship and was terrific for us they usually have all been very distinctive animals.”
When Tat Warby’s intensive race report it was fantastic to remind Warburton of “Warbo’s” victory over twin Group Two winner Yozo Bale, simply greater than a yr in the past at Shepparton.
On that night Tat Warby flew out of the bins to glide throughout the face of the sector and take management of the occasion.
“Sure, we have now had loads of enjoyable with ‘Warbo’, however I’ve to maintain going, as a result of he simply loves racing. I wasn’t anticipating him to win towards Yozo Bale, however wow, I used to be very excited when he gained.”
Warburton went on to make an vital level: “What I wish to say to the broader neighborhood, as a result of there are such a lot of mistruths on the market — get out and watch them. Come out to greyhound trainers’ properties and see the entire adverse neighborhood attitudes — which can be so fallacious.
“Individuals come to my property so much and they’re amazed as to how clear the place is, and the way sociable and affectionate the greyhounds are. You need to marvel what on earth some individuals suppose. The canines are so pleasant and delicate and I encourage youngsters to play with them on a regular basis. And the youngsters go away higher for the expertise, with a lot extra respect for the animal.
“Most individuals that don’t have something to do with greyhounds are shocked at how joyful my canines are, and that begins from the day they’re born.
“My grandchildren play with them on a regular basis and Dad had us as youngsters enjoying with the pups as effectively.
“It’s straightforward to search out the persona inside every canine and, at that time, if you uncover that side of the greyhound’s very being, it’s a stunning feeling.
“All of my greyhounds get an ice cream and a giant cuddle after they win a race and as for my greyhounds that lose … they get precisely the identical.”
Peter Warburton has the Tatura Lodge and in keeping with David, “there’s a little bit of a fan membership for Tat Warby that gathers there each time he races”.
“They like to cheer him on and my cellphone simply goes off if he wins,” he stated.
“The locals wish to band collectively and purchase considered one of my pups now, which is nice for the city, they usually like to see ‘Warbo’s’ racing pictures within the bar.”
I reminded Warburton that there are lots of bars world wide, named in honour of nice racehorses, so why not title the bar on the Tatura Lodge after Tat Warby, given the nice pleasure he has dropped at so many individuals within the space.
And, the Warburton household is doing simply that. As David advised me, “There’s a story behind each greyhound”.
I’m certain there will likely be loads of tales to be heard, within the Tat Warby Bar, on the Tatura Lodge.
Subsequent time you’re within the Tatura space, be sure to drop in.
— By Victoria Shaw, Greyhound Racing Victoria
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