Milly’s Magics could do the trick for Fergus – By Frank Kieran
FOR many of us we only get to pass through the iconic gates of Powerstown Park three days a year. Fergus Flynn on the other hand passes through the gates everyday living as he does in The Lodge situated in the grounds of the amphitheatre of our beloved sport.
“I’ve been living in The Lodge for almost eight-and-a-half years and I love it. I moved in the week before my Coffee In Currow reached the quarter-finals of the Oaks in January 2012, so I got off to a great start and it’s been good to me ever since.” stated Fergus.
And the Resources Teacher at Powerstown National School will be hoping that his decent run of form continues courtesy of the two litters he has whelped over the last 12 months from Amelies Milly (Central City-Beautys Grace), who was withdrawn from the quarter-finals of the 2016 Dublin Coach Kitty Butler and followed later that year with silvers in the all-aged bitch stakes at Liscannor and Clonmel & Kilsheelan.
“I was undecided about breeding Milly this year and following a conversation with Margaret (Barrett), she said she would stand in with me and so we mated her to Mafi Magic, and she had four dogs and three bitches on April 11.
“We’ll split the litter and take two dogs and a bitch each and we’ll work out something with regards the last bitch pup. There have been serious expressions of interest to Margaret about her three and I’ve already had definite enquiries about mine, so I’ll likely sell a dog and a bitch.
“I’ll definitely keep a bitch for my Spirit Family Syndicate (pictured below) which consists of myself, Larry (Mallon) and Claudia (Hoppe), who was supposed to act as midwife for this litter, but I’m still waiting for travel restrictions to be cancelled.”
The five-strong maiden litter, by Crafty Hugo, were whelped in March 2019 and they have been reared by Margaret and her husband, David Flanagan, and the reports on the dog and four bitches are good.
“David is really pleased with them. I bought Milly from Danny (Kane) and the deal was that he’d get a dog pup from the first litter, unfortunately there was only one, but it’ll run in Danny’s colours. As for the four bitches, we have two for our syndicate, Margaret has one for her Barrett Sisters Syndicate and the remaining one will go to post for Donal Wilson Senior and his brother, John.
“I liked Crafty Hugo as a dog and maybe he was just unfortunate at stud back in the day. But what really drew me to him was that on his damline he has the fastest tracker I ever saw at Shelbourne Park, Phantom Flash (Flashy Sir-Westmead Seal). He had incredible pace and he also features in Milly’s pedigree, which I think is a great double cross of pace and fire from a track line.
“So, here’s hoping some if not all can make it back to where they were born and a shot at Powerstown glory next January.” concluded Fergus.