Formally a fully qualified graphic designer and Signwriter by trade, and a lover of Boxing and Football (both of which he took a keen part in his ‘Younger’ years) Look an unlikely springboard into a career of training Racing Greyhounds, but one trip to a race meeting was all it took from Pat Curtin to fall in love with Greyhounds and the sport of racing them!
He quickly purchased his first runner and, dispite mixed fortunes as an owner, decided to take a more ‘hands on’ position and follow a chance to do something he loves!!
After a brief spell training at the now defunct Milton Keynes, Pat took up a training position at Oxford Stadium in 2001. Formerly a head kennel hand to Jason Mercer and 7 time Champion trainer Litzi Miller, he had started his career as a kennel hand and originally an Owner with Maurice Massey, and was born and bred in the City. Pat and his Wife Liz quickly made their mark at Oxford with many winners of varying standards.
Well liked around the City and by local Owners Pat soon built himself a strong client base and continued to progress. His small but successful Open Race Team provided him with a Scurry Gold Cup finalist and a runner in The Laurels Final. More success followed and a finalist in the NationalSprint, the Pall Mall and theCoral Golden Sprint was surpassed by the kennel producing the WINNER of the 79th CESARAWITCH IN 2011 .
By now Pat & Liz had moved to Ladbrokes Monmore Green and, although it meant leaving behind many Friends and some very good Owners, but Pat stayed true tohis convictions and continued to try and better himself. Almost 7 years later he has finally earned the respect of his Peers and his popularity among the Monmore regulars grows. Pat has steered countless dogs up the grade at Monmore and is well regarded for his skill with both young dogs and so called 'problem' dogs. He has also provided many dogs for Monmores BAGS CHAMPIONSHIP Teams and his runners rarely let the Team down. His skill for producing a big pefprmanxe when most required has been there for all to see.
The move has also provided a platform for Pat to launch his Open Race Prospects and 2011 saw his Open Race Team excell, making final after final of some of the Countries top events. Pat feels these times are just around the corner again and despite going through what he describes as a 'transitional period' he enthuses that the kennel is once again filling with talented stock. In recent years Pat Curtin has shown continued commitment, proven ability and won real admiration from many of UKs Top Trainers and Breeders. Infact breeding is very much in the foremost of his ambition. The loss of his grest friend and one of Britains best ever Breeders, Des Loughrey of FARLOE fame, has spurred Pat on to apply what knowledge he learned from his mentor in to his own future litters at home.
He continues to strive to better himself while still retaining a firm understanding of his obligation to the Sport and his Owners. Making sure he retains his zest and adheres to the directive that he bases his operation on are paramount to Pat. All he ever strives to do is his best by his greyhounds, as he constantly tells all that would listen, 'always do right by the dog and you'll always be doing right by the Owner.'