Ray’s hopeful that Chubbys offspring can Do It for him – By Frank Kieran
LIKE all professional trainers, Ray White is looking forward to a return to racing next month or hopefully sooner! The Lifford handler has in the region of 50 inmates at any one time, which include a mixture of track and coursing pups, saplings, broods and those in training..
“You want the dogs running. If you get a decent one you can get them away and that all helps with the running expenses. I’d have eight to ten racers constantly and before the lockdown we were having a good old run and getting plenty of winners at various tracks. When they are running and winning, they are paying their way which is a great help.
“In saying that we haven’t fared too badly as we’ve sold a few pups to keep the wolf from the door, but still the sooner we get back racing the better.” stated Ray.
One of the stars of the kennel is from the winter code, Ray’s retired brood, Do It Chubbys (by Adios Alonso), who ran-up to Dicks Bimbo in the 2018 Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stake, having bagged gold, silver and gold, respectively, in the ladies features at Loughrea, Dungannon and East Donegal to secure her National Meeting berth. Her dam, Kincora Chubbys (by Bexhill Eoin), is a full sister from a repeat mating of the 2010 Oaks heroine, Lisloose Accord and the 2013 Champion Stakes winner, Hopes And Dreams, and a daughter of Chubbys Accord (Hilltown-Ardnalee Laura), who divided the 2007 Oaks with her litter sister, Qualityandgold.
“Do It Chubbys was a superb bitch for us and she clocked faster than Dicks Bimbo when winning her semi-final, but unfortunately carried a little injury into the final, so who knows what might have been. We’re just hoping she might just throw one as good as herself.
“She had three dogs and five bitches to Blades Of Hope on February 12 (main photo), fine looking pups and I’ll keep two dogs and a bitch. My son, Andy, has his name on a bitch as well and the remaining four we’ll advertise later. Though there is one already provisionally booked by Robert Anderson in the UK for his Jiving Syndicate.
“Her first litter to Newinn Wonder (pictured below) are just gone 12 months. I kept a dog and three bitches myself and sold the rest, including three to the Derby winning father and son team of Cathal and Ciaran Magee.
“The reports are good and my own are shaping well so we’re looking forward to the season ahead and hopefully we won’t have a repeat of last year and that it’ll be all systems go from the for the opening weekend in late September/early October.
“Lads are still in a bit of a puzzle whether to breed or not, so it’d be great to know that the licence is secure not only for next season but for the next couple of years which would remove that air of uncertainty which currently hangs over breeders and buyers alike.” concluded Ray.