Jason started working in a racing kennel in 1990, he worked 12 years for Graham Holland, who ran his dogs at Portsmouth and later at Hove, in 2002 Jason went to be assistant trainer to Tony Lucas, who was a trainer at Hove, Jason built some good working relationships with the people who ran the track at Hove and in 2008 an opportunity came up and Jason was offered a position to be a trainer in his own right at Hove, that’s when Jason teamed up with Matt Hughes and they got Ballytag kennels up and running, they started with just 14 dogs on the card, all were owned by Matt and Jason, now in 2012, the kennels boasts 110 dogs in the kennels and 35 owners, with a winning strike rate at Hove this year of 30%. The kennels were named after Balinabola Tag a greyhound owned by Matt.
Jason has trained many open winners, when asked what he feels was his best dog he has trained to date, he said Temple Lad, which was beaten a short head in the puppy derby, also winning numerous open races.
Jason and Matt run a very friendly kennels, owners are welcomed to the kennels anytime they wish, but Sunday mornings being a morning when owners are encouraged to visit the kennels, walk their dogs and have a friendly cuppa with Matt and Jason and the team.
The welfare of the dogs is paramount to all the people involved at Ballytag kennels.