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Britton Chasing Thoroughbred Dream


Linda Britton is as an icon of Western Australian greyhound racing.

She has won a host of major races including 41 at Group 1 level.

Her honour roll includes two Perth Cups, five Galaxies and six Mandurah Cups.

In 2007 she was rated Australia’s Leading Trainer by National Greyhound Form.

In 2012 she was inducted into the Western Australian Racing Hall Of Fame.

But despite an extensive greyhound racing resume, Britton has long held a personal dream to win a major thoroughbred race.

And at Rosehill on Saturday, in the heady atmosphere of one of Australia’s biggest race days, Britton has a wonderful opportunity to fulfil her ambition.

Britton is part-owner of the Mick Price-trained Seabrook, a Hinchinbrook filly that is rated a top chance to win the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).

Seabrook stamped her claims for the world’s richest two-year-old race when at her second race start she won the Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

 “It’s always been a dream to win a major horse race in Australia and the Golden Slipper is definitely one of those,” Britton said.

“It’s nice to be part of a syndicate of owners and be involved in the hype and build up to such a prestigious race.

“It’s so much different heading into a major race as an owner compared to a trainer, there is less pressure on you.

“As a trainer you are absorbed on what you have to do on a day-to-day basis and you take an even approach.

“As an owner you can let yourself go a little bit, get caught up in the excitement and share it with your friends.

“I haven’t had much luck as a horse owner in the past, so it’s taken a while, but it’s a dream come true.”

While Britton will be hoping to be amongst the winning revelry in Sydney, she won’t be taking her eyes away on what is going on at home at Cannington a few hours later.

Britton is part of a syndicate with Gary and Craig Weston and trainer-partner, Chris Halse, that races rising talent, West On Augie, a Puppy Classic finalist.

The up and coming red fawn speedster looks an exciting prospect, winning 11 of 17 starts, including an electrifying heat win a week ago.

“He is doing everything right at this point of his career,” Britton said.

“If he jumps he will be hard to beat.”

Julio Santarelli


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