Hoping Frampton comes alive for Derby
I was out of the dogs for many years, but since my father Rory got sick five or six years ago, I have become involved again.
My father really loved the game and really enjoyed making the trips to Dublin. We had some smashing greyhounds in those days, like Move Lace, but, thankfully, things have picked up nicely again.
I worked for myself for nine or 10 years, but then when things got bad in the country, I got a regular job and I now work in Annacotty where I start at 6.30 in the morning and finish at 2.30. I can be home in the yard with the dogs by 2.45 and, even in the winter months, I can spend a few hours with them.
It works out ideally, but it puts extra pressure on you if you are travelling to Dublin. I haven't actually been to Dublin this year with any of the dogs. Declan Beary does the trips and it all works out very well.
Declan is a first cousin of mine and he rears the litters and then I train them.
We have been lucky with the litter by College Causeway out of Sink The Pink, which was a daughter of Move Lace. Sink The Pink always had an injury problem and it is this same injury that has affected Jackal Frampton.
Jackal first had the problem last October, picking it up in a home gallop and then it happened again last Saturday, that's why he faded home.
It's one of those sand injuries, along his back, but Denis O'Malley has sorted it out for me and, hopefully, the dog will be just right for the final of the Joe Dunne Memorial on Saturday night and can run a big race.
We would be hoping that Jackal Frampton might develop into an Irish Derby dog, but I wouldn't be one for running them just to fill the numbers and to say that I had a Derby runner.
We have two other dogs in the litter that could go that route also – Ten Feet Tall and Hannibal Rising. They are very useful as well. Hannibal Rising is a huge dog, but he has always looked to be the best of the litter.
We lost Move On Blue from the Hondo Black litter due to a broken leg. We have just sent his sister Move On Bell to be bred to either Razldazl Rioga or Razldazl Jayfkay.
Declan has a litter of three dogs and two bitches out of Sink The Pink to Royal Impact, they were whelped in August.
I really enjoy the greyhound game. Sure I was reared in it and I love working with animals, particularly greyhounds.
My father always had a well organised kennel and I have kept it that way.
We have runs where the dogs can be out during the day and go in if the weather is bad. I hate dogs being locked up.
As far as the game in general is concerned, I am happy enough. I would love to see the bend at Limerick sorted out. If they get it right, then I would love to run Jackal Frampton in the Kirby Memorial at the local track, but otherwise we will keep him to Shelbourne where the 550 will really suit him.
* Paudie Ryan, from Ballysimon in County Limerick, is a chef by profession, but is also a noted greyhound trainer.