Dog Chat: Fahy still on cloud nine after fairytale double
Conor Fahy was still living the dream yesterday as he began enjoying a well-earned break following a hectic few months that has seen him complete a double rarely achieved by a greyhound trainer -- all of this just six months after first taking out his trainer's licence.
Having supervised Tyrur Enda's victory in Saturday's Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels final at Curraheen Park, the 22-year-old from Glenamaddy flew out to London on Sunday for a week's break, during which he will celebrate his memorable Irish Derby one-two and then the Laurels victory.
But his mind was still very much on his latest hero, Tyrur Enda, though admitting "dad (PJ) is looking after things while I am away. I was talking to him this morning and he said Enda was hopping this morning" -- though naturally he was a tired dog on Sunday morning after his great victory.
What of the future for the Laurels hero? "It is early days but our thinking is that he has done enough for the year and we would consider going for the English Derby with him," Fahy said. "It's a long time away but he would certainly look like a dog that should suit Wimbledon."
But young Fahy also has the height of respect for the Laurels runner-up Tubbertelly Dubh which, while just out of puppy stage, ran an absolute blinder.
"Tubbertelly ran some race in defeat. He should be a great dog next year," Fahy said.
The Kerry Agri-Business Irish St Leger is the remaining classic this year and it will kick off at Limerick on Friday, November 19. The news from the new Limerick Stadium is that the crowds rolled in again at the weekend and the Tote figures were very impressive. Could this be the sign that the tide is turning?
On the racing front, the Vetsearch Recharge Irish Grand National got under way last night at Harold's Cross and the semi-finals will be run on Friday. Also on Friday, the final of the Kilford Arms Hotel A2 will be run at Kilkenny and the semi-finals of the Red Mills Southern Sprint at Youghal, while at Newbridge the second round of the Moran & O'Donnell Oaks will be decided.
Then on Saturday the big action will be at Shelbourne for the semi-finals of the Mannion Builders Supplies Open 750 and at Drumbo Park for the final of the Tennents Gold Cup. Graham Holland's Leeview Jet looks the very likely winner of that valuable northern prize.