Makeshift pups are at reared at Razldazl Greyhounds
Dolores loves horses, and has a 16.1hh Belgian Warmblood called Razldazl Magic at livery with the former Olympic showjumper Jack Doyle. She says: “I ride about five times a week, jumping around 1m 20cm. I got into it late – it’s a great release.” Dolores takes retired dogs Pearl and William for regular trips to McDonald’s, where their favourite fix is a cheeseburger with no gherkin. No fries, “too much salt”. ‘Razldazl’ was inspired by the song Razzle Dazzle in the musical Chicago. Dolores loves travelling and reading travel writers like Paul Theroux.
Salary Training fees vary from £50 to £80 a week per dog. Ruth charges €100 a week, but her earnings are boosted by race winnings. Winning trainers get 10% of the owners’ prize. Some are also paid to race regularly at a particular stadium, for which they get payments.
Hours 8am-5.30pm most days, with paddocking at 9pm. Race days finish around midnight.
Work life balance Ruth is supported by her partner and family in looking after the dogs, and has an arrangement with another trainer to look after each other’s kennels when they go on holiday.
Best thing To breed a greyhound and see it go on to win the Derby.
Worst thing “When I lost my Derby winner Billy. He had retired and was running around when he just dropped dead of a heart attack. He was four and a half years old.”