Patrick Ryan and his family relocated to Dilston north of Launceston on the East Tamar Highway only a few short months ago, but already they have established a training complex and entered the Tasmanian winners circle on six occasions.
Originally from Townsville, they spent six years in Brisbane before returning north, but eventually decided to venture south and with the help of mutual friend and fellow trainer Neville Allison, found the property of their dreams and negotiated a deal.
Many years ago Patrick Ryan prepared a winner at his first attempt as an 18 year-old, when the bitch Rivella greeted the judge on the Townsville circuit.
“A friend of mine prepared her and set her for an almighty plunge, which unfortunately did not come off, so he gave her to me lock stock and barrel with her kennel thrown in for good measure,” he explained.
“All I did was walk her around the streets for a couple of weeks, entered her for a race and to my amazement she blitzed her opposition, meaning that I was hooked on the industry forever.”
The ensuing years saw the Ryan kennel produce many winners including the outstanding bitch Wine Glass, which made the final of both the Adelaide and Melbourne Cups and represented Queensland in the National Sprint Championship.
The Bellamy family also entrusted him with the smart bitch Barrio Fiesta, the winner of 18 of 49 lifetime outings and later the dam of outstanding chaser and sire Surf Lorian.
With the six victories under his belt and eight chasers in his kennel, Ryan is now intent on establishing himself in the Tasmanian industry and hoping to unearth an interstate connection capable of providing him with a steady stream of greyhounds.
“I am very impressed with the way that the industry is structured in Tasmania and the fact that locally bred chasers are so well catered for, but unfortunately I am a couple of years away from that situation and until I can purchase some well related bitches to breed from, I may have to rely on interstate greyhounds,” he explained.
Ably assisted by his 19 year-old son Brennan, who has spent time in Queensland with the likes of Tony Brett, Steve Williams and Ron Bell, Ryan travels to the beach at Beechford at least three days a week with members of his team.
“Our property is ideally located as far as the beach and the Launceston and Devonport tracks, meaning that travelling does not pose the problems that it did during the six years that we spent in Brisbane,” he explained.
On Tuesday at the NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway, Winsome Tommy (Bit Chili – Ramblin’ Ruby) provided the kennel with their sixth Tasmanian winner when he prevailed in a Grade 5 (452 metres), recording a time of 25.84 and paying a win dividend of $2.80.
“He was previously in Sydney with John Finn and probably hasn’t raced up to his ability here in Tasmania, but we now think we have worked him out and hopefully he will go on with it.”
Meanwhile Richmond trainer Margaret Rossendell’s long trip to the Devonport Raceway proved to be a profitable one when she prepared the last two winners on the ten event card in littermates Wee Fire and Janda, both by Lochinvar Marlow from Arrow On Fire.
Wee Fire recorded a time of 25.96 when she prevailed in a Grade 5 (452 metres) and then Janda upset a confident betting plunge on the Russell Watts prepared Superbowl (Kinloch Brae – Spiral Rose), by recording a time of 25.85 in winning another Grade 5 (452 metres) in brilliant fashion.