Nancy and Queen are keeping Úna Bus-y in lockdown – By Frank Kieran
LEADING supporters of both codes of our game as owners, breeders and sponsors, Úna O’Sullivan and her husband, John, had to take the tough decision to temporarily remove their fleet of Dublin Coach buses from the road due to the social distancing restrictions that have been imposed as a result of the current lockdown. However, they’ve had plenty to keep them busy in the meantime, with two litters of pups born within a fortnight of each other in January, as well as around a dozen saplings for next season.
“All of our coaches are currently off the road as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but hopefully we’ll be back on the road in the not too distant future.
“We’ve been kept busy though as we whelped two litters in January. Moat Nancy (by Newinn Wonder), a daughter of the great Moat Belle (Multibet-Moat Elsa), had three dogs and two bitches to Drive On Smokey on January 14. Quite remarkably all five are different colours. They are grand pups and we’ll likely keep the lot. This is Nancy’s second litter, there were three in the maiden litter to Adios Alonso. The pick of those is Global Warming (owned by Norman Prendiville), who won a Puppy Stake in Lixnaw and then clocked well in the Macroom Derby TS before he was withdrawn, so he could be a bit of a dark horse next season.”
Ballymore Queen (by Razor Ashmore), who won the 2017 Newbridge Open Cup and is a daughter of the 2009 Hotel Minella Oaks semi-finalist, Ballymore Trick (Janey Mac Aroo-Gooleen Jessie), had three dogs and six bitches to Silent Whisper on January 28.
“This is Ballymore Queen’s first litter and we might sell a couple of the bitches as it could prove difficult to get entries for them all when the time comes. She is the daughter of an Oaks semi-finalist and a half-sister of the fast Something Quick (by Bexhill Eoin), who won the 2012 Spirit Of Mischief Stakes for us and then qualified for the Champion Bitch Stake the following season after victories in the All-Age Bitch Stake at Rathdowney and the Seamus Hughes Memorial Cup at Sevenhouses.”
Those latest arrivals won’t see action until the 2021/22 season but Úna, John and the clan have plenty of stock to keep them on their toes next season, which include saplings and their Derby qualifier and East Donegal Gold Cup winner from last season, Bus Connects (Blades Of Hope-Gowayoudat).
“We’ve around a dozen for trial-stakes for the coming season, a mixture of Adios Alonso’s, Newinn Wonder’s and Silent Whisper’s, so they’ll keep us busy. And I’m really looking forward to running Bus Connects. He pulled a TFL muscle in Clonmel, but he is bouncing at the minute and I’m looking forward to him competing in Cups next season.” concluded Úna.
Main photo: Silent Whisper – Ballymore Queen pups enjoying great freedom.
Below: Drive On Smokey – Moat Nancy pups.