A Greyhound, bought by a 13-year-old boy with all his savings, has proves a good bet, winning two out of her first three races
A year ago, 13-year-old, Sammy Supple from Sevenoaks, Kent, decided to cash in his Tessa savings account to buy a Greyhound.
“I like dogs and I like speed , so I decided to put the two together,” said Sammy.
The dog, aptly named, Goodbye Tessa, cost £400 as a puppy and has alreadyproved a good investment, with two wins to her credit.
Tessa has already won £100, although Sammy says this is being “knocked off” his training bill..
Tessa is being trained by Barry O’Sullivan, from Fawkham in Kent, although Sammy spends much of his spare time at the kennels helping out.
“I do all my homework during the weekdays and spend most of the weekends there, ” he said.
Sammy boughtTessa when she was three-months old and kept her at home until she was one. When she retires – at around six – she will go back to live with him and it is hoped that she will breed a litter.
Sammy describes Tessa as ” very gentle, but a bit of a screwball”.
“She stand up on two legs when she sees a cyclist outside the kennels and wants to give chase, ” he said. “And she walks on two legs going to the starting line.”
Sammy’s ambitions are to win the Greyhound Oaks and Derby.