Monday 28th March:
A cold dry morning but the forecast is good. We need supplies, food for pups from the supermarket, we need to take the paper work to the accountant and main job of today is schooling at Shelbourne Park. Update Monday evening, I put £5000 in to my 151 van I got it back on Saturday and I drive it around the town and it was like brand new, we set of to Shelbourne with it and it burst a diesel pipe so I have to race for the garage before ran out the diesel with the four dogs in, I got to Shelbourne late and a hound got away on me thankfully we got him back but we didn’t trial him, all part of breading, rearing and schooling hounds.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE TWO RUNNERS AT NOTTINGHAM CHURCHILL HOLLY AND ZOOM ANGEL
Tuesday 29th March:
Another nice day and plenty to do, we are galloping, continue on work with the sand paddocks, we have parts to get, paper work to go to the accountant and we also need bagged milk.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE TWO RUNNERS AT NEWCASTLE SWIFT ABIDE AND POTENT TOUCH IN THE FINAL OF ARENA RACING COMPANY NORTHERN FLAT
Wednesday 30th March:
A overcast day but the dry weather still continues, we got all our waste away, we are continue on doing the sand runs, we are taking photos of hounds to add to Greyhound Data. We have to meet Ross Myles who is taking hound to UK that are sold. On the racing front a hound to watch out for who won a D1 at Towcester last night having and his first race winning in 15.79 Swift Iconic and he is a October 2020 pup.
Thursday 31th March:
A dry cold morning and when we started at 6am we had frost. The plans today are to put photos on the Greyhound Data of Malachi X Swift Paradox, Droopys Sydney X Swift Precious and Grangeview Ten X Swift Olga litters and we will add more litters tomorrow. We are going to continue on leveling sand runs and we also need supplies.
Friday 1st April:
We had heavy frost over night but as we do the journal at 9am it’s a bright sunny morning. We nearly got the sand runs all dug out and leveled back out. One more day and they will be finished. We need fish, food for pups and we are going to continue on taking photos of our 2020 saplings ready to put on on the Greyhound Data on Monday.
Saturday 2nd April:
We’re doing Saturdays journal on Sunday morning as supplies from the UK arrived yesterday and had to be packed away. We got all our waste away, we had pups to inject and we did a swap around with saplings, mothers and pups and kennel dogs. The day went well but we were very busy.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE SIX RUNNERS TONIGHT. AT CRAYFORD: SWIFT LOKI. AT MONMORE: MASSIVE EGO, BAA AND HARJI BHAJI. AT HOVE: TIFFIELD TROJAN AND SWIFT QUINCEY.
Sunday 3rd April:
Its a dry cold morning and it doesn’t look like we’re going to get rain. Its a big day today as I’m 65 years of age. To the date its 27 years ago since I moved into Lughill Kennels. I still enjoy it as much today as the day I arrived. Handslipping or trialing a fast dog at Shelbourne Park excites me just as much as ever. Walking around my place looking at all the pups and watching them go up the gallop gives me as much pleasure today as the day I started. I’m very lucky to have top class staff and customers. Thanks to you all. My head lad Padgie, if he’s not the best in the business I’m yet to see better. He loves the game as much as me. Were on the phone to each other in the evening when dogs are running well. I climbed out of bed today at 5:30am like I do every day and I’ve never felt as good. There’s definitely no chance of me retiring. My grandfather had a shop where he worked until he was 88 and my mother was the same. I hope I’m lucky enough to see the same age. I don’t drink anymore so there wont be a party. I’ll be watching Newcastle United on the TV at 4:30 today. With a bit of luck we’ll get a result. The plan for today will be the same as most Sundays where we cook, feed, clean, let dogs out of kennels.