Monday 14th November:
We are doing Mondays journal on Tuesday morning. Yesterday the weather was very good it was dried and mild for November like all Mondays when we trialed we have to be fed up before 12 o’clock and the traffic from Shelbourne was a nightmare last night and we didn’t get home till 7 o’clock. I had to go to Red Mills to get a pallet of Racer as we had ran out of it. On the Greyhound star performance of the week we have one hound on this weeks list Swift Raisin at Yarmouth.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE ONE RUNNER TONIGHT CHURCHILL HOLY AT NOTTINGHAM
Tuesday 15th November:
Another nice morning for November dry and mild again. We have updated the website (dog for sale page), we need meat so that has to be collected, we need bits and pieces from a hard ware and the cash and carry. Our freezer broke (had to get a new motor for it) but we got it fixed and it’s running perfect again. We will do a bit of tidying up on the yard, we have hounds that are sold going to the UK with Ross Myles so the paper work will have to be organized as well.
Wednesday 16th November:
We are doing Wednesdays journal on Saturday morning. I had to day trip to England to get paper bedding as it is impossible to get, at the kennels we did more preparation work with hounds ready for schooling.
Thursday 17th November:
We are doing Thursdays journal on Saturday morning. We needed all our waste away, we had hounds to go to the vet, we also got all hounds checked that are schooling by John O’Reilly and we were leveling the sand run out in the garden paddocks and also changing all the beds.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAD ONE RUNNER AT SUNDERLAND BLACKHILL SWIFT
Friday 18th November:
We are doing Fridays journal on Saturday morning. It was a day for delivering hounds, collecting hounds from the vet that had tonsils out and at the kennels we levelled the sand runs out, change beds and did maintenance work.
WE HAD ONE WINNER AT SUNDERLAND ON THURSDAY NIGHT BLACKHILL SWIFT. ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK HAD TEN RUNNERS AT ROMFORD LINSTONS WALSH, RAIL MCCOY, SWIFT QUAFF, FRANKLINS WISH, SWIFT MELLOW, MARCIANOS PUNCH AND AT OXFORD RANCHES ROGUE, SUPA NOVA, SWIFT ICONIC, SLIDER MCCOY.
Saturday 19th November:
We got up to the frost this morning and we got last of the garden paddocks done, we needed meat, we changed the last of beds in the kennels.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE TWO WINNERS ON FRIDAY NIGHT SWIFT ICONIC WON HIS SEMI FINAL OF THE GOLD CUP AT OXFORD AND AT ROMFORD SWIFT MELLOW WON THE SEMI FINAL OF THE BONANZA STATES AND THE TOP OF A GOOD NIGHT AT OXFORD SUPA NOVA QUALIFIED FOR THE MAIDEN VASE FINAL. WE HAVE TWO RUNNERS AT CRAYFORD MUXTON LOTTIE AND AT MONMORE HITTHELIDS MYLO
Sunday 20th November:
Its 28 years today since I came to Ireland. I remember it just like yesterday. It was 6 month later by the time I moved into Lughill Kennels as the first two places i put a deposit down on both flooded. Thankfully I got my deposits back. In the last 28 years I’ve seen massive changes in the greyhound industry. Its definitely not going to finish but the biggest problems that the industry have to face is the retirement problem, the greyhound shortage and the age of most breeders and trainers. I’m 65 and I’m one of the young lads in the job. In the last 28 years I’ve seen all the highs and lows. I say I’ve seen it all with greyhounds but every now and then there’s something I haven’t seen before. For example last Monday at Shelbourne I handslipped a hound from a very special litter. When he got to the pickup he grabbed the cover for the hare and ran away with it. It was a job getting it back off him, I stood there laughing as I couldn’t believe it.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAD ONE WINNER YESTERDAY MUXTON LOTTIE AT CRAYFORD. TONIGHT WE HAVE TWO RUNNERS AT SWINDON MOHICAN FLORENCE AND MOHICAN TARA.