Hard work and dedication key to Paradise
People see all these Paradise dogs running and think I breed from loads of bitches, but I have actually been breeding from only Dalcash Diva and Paradise Alanna. It's just that they have been great broods and have thrown virtually all open racers.
We've been very lucky but Diva is due to have her last litter, she is in pup to Paradise Madison. She was the first bitch mated to him. We took eight straws – I have three or four daughters of Diva and we will use the straws on them.
My father Michael and his brother Fr Jack started it all, here and they came up with the Dalcash prefix. I took over in the home place six years ago and, while I started off with Dalcash, I decided to go for my own prefix, opting for Paradise.
Dalcash Diva got me started and from her first litter Paradise Santana won the Lee Strand at Tralee. Then from her next litter she threw Juvenile Classic winner Paradise Miami. She has also thrown Oaks winner Droopys Dvinsky, Paradise Casino, Freedom Seacrest, Droopys Cardosa, Paradise Orlando, Paradise Silva, etc.
Alanna is by Larkhill Jo out of Dalcash Ciara and she nearly died at 12 months from pneumonia. But she came back and clocked 28.66 at the Market's Field. In her first litter she bred Paradise George which was as fast a dog as I have ever had, but he broke a hock at the first bend in the semi-final of an unraced at Clonmel. He looked like Madison.
Alanna's first litter to Head Bound included Share The Spoils, which was a finalist in the English Oaks and English Puppy Derby, and then her second litter included Madison and Mall Brandy.
I kept Madison until he was 14 months. He always looked special. Dave Buckley asked if I had a good dog and I told him about Madison but said that I wanted to hold on to a half share.
The injuries have been killing him. First he did a metacarpal, then the shoulder and then the fractured hock. Last Saturday he was like a dog starting from scratch, he didn't know what he was doing. We want to run him in the Derby and we have to race him in the Champion. Ollie Bray has the hard job with him but it would be lovely to see him do one more very big run.
Mall Brandy got turned over in an early race at Shelbourne and was off for six months. He has come right at the right time and if he survives a few rounds in the Derby he could do anything.
I have two dogs and a bitch by Lughill Jo out of Diva and a couple of dogs by Royal Impact from Alanna. I also have a few nice dogs by Crash out of Alanna that are now running.
I try to limit my dogs to 20 and occasionally between pups, broods and racing dogs I would have up to 25, but I do all the work myself. Between them and our four kids we have plenty on our hands.
Sean Meade is a leading breeder from Miltown Malbay in Clare and has the famed Paradise prefix.
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