THE IRISH CAREER
Following the visits to Ireland for the Derby, Graham and Nicky started to seriously consider a move to Ireland. The commitments to Hove, which was nearly two hours away from their kennels, a young family growing up and the feeling that he was more of a van driver than a greyhound trainer influenced the eventual decision to take the plunge and set up home in Golden, Co.Tipp in May 2002.
Moving over with a handful of dogs and a couple of litters of pups they decided to purchase a seven acre plot of land overlooking the River Suir and setup the kennels exactly as they wanted them. This has resulted in two kennel ranges for over 40 dogs, a whelping block, seven puppy runs, a 225 meter sand gallop and two acres of fields for the dogs to enjoy their freedom. It was a hard couple of years while the house and kennels were built but Graham’s hard work and dedication to his dogs and owners has paid huge dividends with the kennels’ rise to one of Ireland’s most successful greyhound training establishments of recent times.
Since the move, the kennel have won nearly every top prize in the sport in Ireland and have been represented in 3 Derby Finals. We have been very privileged to have handled some of the sports top dogs in recent years. We have broken track records, claimed major stake wins and been competitive in every competition we enter. In recent years we have won top prizes such as National Produce Stakes, the Kingdom Derby, Waterford Gain Select Stakes, Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake, Dundalk Race of Champions, Champion Stakes, Consolation Oaks Final, The Easter Cup, Clonmel Unraced Stake to name but a few.
The team are hugely proud to be able to say we have claimed the most prestigious titles in our sport. The Irish Laurels (on three occasions) The Irish Oaks and most notably, The Irish Greyhound Derby. In 2013 we saw Cabra Buck finish a gallant runner up and were close again in 2015 when Gaytime Hawk made the final. However, the dream of winning the biggest prize in our sport, and fulfil a lifetime ambition came true in 2016. The team got 3 through to the final with Sidarian Pearl, Sonic and Rural Hawaii all lining up in the showpiece event. It was Rural Hawaii who prevailed and was crowned Irish Greyhound Derby Champion 2016. A full list of the kennels achievements can be viewed on the Achievements Page.