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Pennys giving us once-in-a-lifetime thrill



Rathangan is a great area for greyhounds and my father Dick kept a lot of dogs over the years; I remember he had a really good bitch called Catch Penny.

I worked for years in the meat business, but I bought the farm where I now live in 1986. A lot of the late Paddy Cross' good dogs would have been reared here.

We have been lucky and have put great dogs like Ayr Flyer, Ningbo Jack, Colorado Holly, Bruised Brain, Deanridge Viking and English Derby winner Allen Gift through our hands, but I honestly feel that Deanridge Pennys is the best we have had.

Skippy Gilbert suggested to me that Doodle Doo might make a nice brood bitch.

She is very well bred, by Brett Lee out of Bluebell Fantasy, and she has certainly started the right way. Her first litter was to Kinloch Brae and, while Deanridge Pennys is by far the best, they've all managed to win. But Deanridge is a class apart and he is getting better by the week.

In the first round of the Future Champions at Enniscorthy he did everything right and only won in 29.70.

But he has improved consistently. I galloped him on Tuesday morning and he went so well that I decided to put him into the Tote Gold Cup.

We got a great thrill out of winning the Joe Dunne Memorial. I own the dog with Raymond Dean and Paul Sallis. Raymond is a great man to be involved with, but we are undecided on what path to take with him. It's beginning to look like we might miss the Easter Cup.

Raymond is very keen on going to Limerick for the Kirby Memorial and he also wants to run him in the English Derby, but both events are very close together.

The phone has been very busy since the Joe Dunne final and we have received massive offers for the dog. It is a once-in-a-lifetime situation; we will probably never have another dog like him.

Rosemary and I run the operation and we have a few helpers, including our sons when they are at home.

We have 14 brood bitches and we would normally have up to 80 pups in any year. We usually have about 30 dogs in training and I tend to race them, get a win on their cards and sell. Despite how badly things are going, we manage to sell a lot of dogs across the water.

We have a 13-month-old litter of four dogs and four bitches from Doodle Doo by Forest Master and we have three dogs and a bitch from a repeat mating of Doodle Doo and Kinloch Brae; they are five months old.

She came in season again on Monday and I am tempted to bring her to Kinloch again.

There is a lot of negativity about in the game but times are bad everywhere and we have to make the best of things.

I like to be positive and I am happy enough, but I would like to see a firm hand at the top to steer us into the good times again.

Eugene Price from Rathangan is a leading greyhound breeder and

trainer and is joint owner of the flying greyhound Deanridge Pennys.

Irish Independent