It was such a thrill winning the Tyrur McGuigan 575 last Saturday with Slip The Genie. It was my biggest win at Shelbourne.
On my way down, I had almost convinced myself that she had no chance. She was the only finalist not professionally trained, she was the only bitch in the final and was the youngest finalist.
But she made such an effort in winning. She's a smashing bitch.
I bought her from Alison Coxon. I actually rang Alison about another bitch that I had seen advertised and she told me that Westmead Aoifa had whelped a litter that day. I asked her if I could have a bitch off the litter and she agreed.
There were only two bitches and I didn't have the choice, but the one I was given turned out to be Genie.
I had seen the dam run and I was thrilled to have a pup out of her, especially with her breeding and being from Mega Delight's line.
She wasn't brilliant early on in her career, but then had her tonsils taken out by Brian Jones and she started to fly.
Then, she had a seasonal break, came back in November and has been brilliant ever since.
My family had no connection with greyhounds. I am a solicitor in Belfast and there is a lot of stress involved in the work. Only this week I had to go to a pauper's funeral. I was the only person there as I was acting as executor. It was so sad.
I find the greyhounds so relaxing. I have my retired bitch, Slip The Posse, the dam of Slip The Lark, and Slip The Genie and I get up at 6.30 every morning and bring them for a walk on the beach at Helen's Bay and maybe a gallop on the golf course. I give them the same amount of time in the evenings when I get home.
I know the people in Camphill Community very well, they are lovely folk and they love their animals. They have hundreds of acres and they let me gallop the dogs there. It is a great pastime and I don't take it too seriously.
Now Genie will have a break and then we'll aim her at the Corn Cuchulainn, though she might come in season.
I don't think we'll look at the Betfairstmead 600, it would be asking a lot from her to take on the likes of Sparta Maestro over that distance.
I wouldn't mind taking them on over 750, I think she would be much better over the longer trip. But it all depends on whether she comes in season or not.
Stunning Harvey has been running very well recently and looks a natural for the concluding 575 tonight.