Nambeelup trainer Linda Britton has her lead firmly wrapped around a special little bitch, the meaningfully named Gone To Heaven.
Weighing in at just 26 kilos, Gone To Heaven, lovingly named Jelly, has won her first four starts at Cannington in very impressive times. She qualified for trainer Linda Britton over the 530 metre trip in a best of the night time of 30.65 and has three best of the night performances to her name, with times ranging from 30.69 to her personal best time of 30.26.
The flying Collide bitch is owned by the Haines Haines Syndicate, father and son duo Peter and Andrew Haines. The pair has owned greyhounds for many years and currently own around 10 dogs; most of which are in the care of Linda Britton.
“Linda Britton organised for us to buy the bitch as a pup, she liked the Casey’s Angel line as well as the sire. Potentially she is the best dog that dad (Peter) and I have had at this stage.” explained Andrew.
It is not just the super slick times that make Gone To Heaven such a special bitch. She is named after a very close family friend of the Haines’, Carol Johnson, who died of cancer in May of 2013. Just weeks ago Peter’s wife and Andrew’s mother Pam passed away from cancer, so now Gone To Heaven will race in memory of these two beautiful ladies.
“We also got the name from the angel in Casey’s Angel. Now that mum has passed away she is named after her too.”
Last Wednesday night at Cannington, after the passing of Pam, Gone To Heaven put in an impeccable performance, recording a personal best time of 30.26. She was called home to victory by Peter O’Neill and he was correct in his race call, Pam shone down on Cannington that night. A replay of the race was played after the wake for the family, which brought even the toughest of family members to tears.
Black arm bands where worn in remembrance of Pam in race five at the Mandurah greyhounds on Friday night. Peter and Andrew had a runner in the race, Too Many Times, but he was unable to win the race after finding trouble throughout.
Pam Haines had been involved in greyhound racing for many years. Her love of the breed originated from whelping a litter down at her Barragup property with the help of the Britton’s in 2005.
The Go Wild Teddy – Twilight Rose litter was Pam’s pride and joy. The stand out of the litter was Elegant, a little black bitch that was the apple of Pam’s eye. Elegant was known around the Mandurah track for her consistency, rarely running anything less then a place in her 92 career starts.
“None of our past dogs have gone that quick constantly. She is a Cannington dog too, whilst Elegant and Two Pot Screamer where good around Mandurah.”
Pam continued her love for the greyhounds through Andrew and Peter’s race dogs. Peter and Pam took Mandurah Track Star Two Pot Screamer home to retire. Two Pot Screamer, affectionately named Buster, was the Haines Haines syndicate’s best dog. The red brindle dog by Bombastic Shiraz – Amber Phoenix won 36 from 85 career starts, making over $56,000 in prize money. The 36 kilo turned near 50 kilo dog can be spotted from a mile away, not only because he looks to be a mixture of a Greyhound and Labrador, but because he is missing half his tail, as a result of an incident with the lure at trials.
Andrew is excited about the fact the he has a dog in Gone To Heaven that will be able to mix it with the best of them at Cannington, as well as racing in memory of Carol and Pam.
Gone To Heaven isn’t the only dog from the Collide – Casey’s Angel litter that has shown talent. Her brother Living Proof, trained by breeder Glenn Rounds, has managed to earn over $85,000 from just 11 starts in Victoria.
Britton also brought West On Miffy out of the litter for Gary and Craig Weston. She will have her first start at Cannington on Wednesday night from box four.
Canningvale trainer Eric Campana was lucky enough to get his hands on bitch Didi Pickles out of the litter. She has won her last three races in impressive times around Cannington, including a personal best and race record time of 30.33 last week. Didi Pickles is searching for her fourth consecutive win from the red box on Wednesday night.
Gone To Heaven is set to have a week away from the track to freshen up after the outstanding start to her career.
“She has been going hard the past few weeks and we don’t want to work her too hard at her age.” Linda Britton said.
Wednesday week she should return to the track, searching for her fifth consecutive win.