Linda Britton’s Te Amo took home the Group 3 Mandurah Cup (490m) on Friday night, giving the leading trainer her second consecutive, and a total of eight wins in the feature event.
Not only did Te Amo snatch the victory from race favourite Dyna Nalin, she also clocked a race record and personal best time of 27.26s.
Fist punches and “C’mon little girls’” from boyfriend and handler Luke Townsend, carried her to victory over a very strong finishing Dylna Nalin and Zelemar Fever in second and third positions respectively.
“It was a great run, I was quietly confident, but I thought that if there was a strong dog behind her we might have been in a bit of trouble”, trainer Linda Britton said.
“I thought her chances where really good, because she was jumping from box one and she begins well”.
“It was hard for me to split her and Zelemar Fever, obviously Dyna Nalin was always going to be a problem”.
After jumping from box one, for the second week in a row, the Cosmic Rumble – Osti’s Bride bitch doubled her career earnings for owners Michelle Romer, Grant Adamson and Simon Allen after her all the way victory.
“We are wrapped, we couldn’t ask for anything better tonight”, Simon Allen and Grant Adamson said.
Winning the Mandurah Cup meant a lot to breeder Michelle Romer after the passing of Te Amo’s mother, Osti’s Bride, earlier in the year from a twisted bowel.
“I came back from the shops to her crying, Nic Hind and I took her to the vet, but they couldn’t really do much”, Michelle Romer said.
“It was such a sad thing and that win tonight was really for her, it was for her mum”.
Michelle had to admit that she struggles a lot when the dogs get hurt.
“I’m not very good with that at all”.
“If I had lots of money, I would buy a big property and have every single retired greyhound on there but that is the racing industry”.
Te Amo is from the first and only litter out of Osti’s Bride. Michelle described Osti’s Bride as having the best temperament, as well as being the best mother, she has come across over the years.
“This was the first litter she had and she was by far the best mother I have ever had”.
The decision to put Cosmic Rumble over her was aided by helping words from trainer David Hobby. There were eight puppies in the litter, three of which Linda Britton has in her kennels. Te Amo is so far the stand out of the litter, but wraps on one of her brothers say he is going to be a very handy dog around Mandurah.
“I didn’t go tonight because I was a bit worried that Lizzy (one of Michelle’s broodbitches) would have her pups and I just wanted to be close by. It’s a shame because it was probably going to be the biggest race I would have seen won by one of my puppies”.
Michelle’s love and dedication to her puppies cannot be questioned, believing that you only get out what you put in, and the rest that comes with it is just luck.
“It’s pathetically bad how I am with my pups!”
“For breakfast my pups get stewed pears, apples and banana, Weet-bix, scrambled eggs for protein, they are so spoilt!”
After receiving the best of everything as a puppy, there is no questioning why Te Amo is bursting with talent.
From just 13 starts, young Te Amo has taken the winner’s check home seven times as well as gathering three minor placing’s.
Up next for the little black speedster are the heats of the Cannington All Stars.
“She is always a chance because she begins well but we are always a little bit worried about stronger dogs behind her”, trainer Linda Britton said.
“When she has been out in front she has been run down a couple of times in good races by strong dogs, like the Coin dogs”.
After racing, Te Amo will be going home with Michelle to have puppies of her own, with hopes she is as good of a mother as Osti’s Bride.
“We will keep her, we have got a great setup going at the kennels with Grant, Bec and Simon, we all have this partnership happening and we breed the dogs together”, Michelle Romer said.
“It is really just for fun and a bit of excitement. We really enjoy it and we all get along so well, so it’s a great partnership between us all”.
For Michelle it is not about the money in greyhound racing, rather the relationship that is created between her dogs and herself and giving them the best she can.
“It is about them having a very good life, they deserve it”.
“They try for you and race for you and a lot of the time, they do it for you”.
“Winning tonight, it’s not about that for me. I brought them up from day one, I gave them the very best and I loved them”.
“It’s knowing that she won the race tonight and I am proud of myself for breeding her and that’s what it is about for me”.