Good News makes Derby headlines for Guilfoyle
The appropriately named Good News was a hugely popular winner of the BoyleSports Irish Derby final at Shelbourne Park.
The appropriately named Good News was a hugely popular winner of the BoyleSports Irish Derby final at Shelbourne Park.
The pinnacle of the greyhound year will attract a huge crowd to Shelbourne Park this evening with the final of the BoyleSports Irish Derby the highlight of a 13-race programme.
The first staging of the Three-Day Derby Festival kicks off this evening at Shelbourne with a high-class programme featuring 11 heats of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks and the two semi-finals of the...
The Irish Greyhound Board has delivered on its promise to substantially increase the prize-money grants by announcing that they will rise by 25pc from October 1.
The Sporting Press Irish Oaks has been over-subscribed and there will be 66 runners in the first round on Thursday.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby semi-finals served up the classic mix of surprises and fast times on Saturday and Good News has now shot to the top of the betting on the final.
The defection of the injured Clares Rocket has robbed the BoyleSports Irish Derby of the biggest drawing card but the 11 remaining contenders should provide thrills aplenty in the semi-finals at Shelbourne Park.
The shock news yesterday evening was that Clonbrien Hero, winner of the Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park in late July, has tested positive for cocaine.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby took on a totally new complexion yesterday with the news that the ante-post favourite Clares Rocket had been withdrawn.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby picture took on a new complexion on Saturday night at Shelbourne when Clares Rocket suffered his first defeat in the quarter-final heats and then a truly devilish draw threw most of the fancied contenders into opposition in next weekend's second semi-final.
The battle for the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Derby crown resumes at Shelbourne Park tonight with just 24 dogs still in contention and with Ireland's top-rated tracker Clares Rocket still dominating the betting lists on the classic.
With just 24 greyhounds remaining in the Classic, Clares Rocket is still the strong favourite to win the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne.
Clares Rocket remains the clear 2/1 favourite for the BoyleSports Irish Derby but kennel companion Sonic is now a much closer 4/1 second favourite following a terrific third-round session of the...
Newbridge again takes centre stage tonight when the second round of the Texacloth Juvenile Trophy will help to unravel the pecking order among the younger generation of trackers.
There was a second withdrawal yesterday from the BoyleSports Irish Derby with the defection of Cable Bay from Saturday's third round.
There was a major surprise yesterday when English challenger Dorotas Wildcat was withdrawn from next weekend's BoyleSports Irish Derby third round.
Sonic treated racegoers to a superb performance when overcoming early problems to grab a last gasp victory at Shelbourne on Thursday while many of the top stars will swing into action in the remaining BoyleSports Irish Derby second round heats this evening.
The race for the puppy championship picks up pace this evening when the long-established Texacloth Juvenile Derby commences at Newbridge.
After the comfort of five dogs qualifying from most first-round heats last week, the BoyleSports Irish Derby adopts a tougher line when the second round of the Classic commences at Shelbourne Park this evening.
Favourite backers had the better of the argument over the opening two nights of the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne and the outright market remains remarkably similar to how it was prior to the commencement of the Classic.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby got off to a sensational start at Shelbourne Park on Thursday when kennel companions Sonic and Clares Rocket went within a few spots of the track record time of 29.10.
A hectic month at Shelbourne Park will get under way this evening with the opening session of the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Derby.
The final number of entries for the BoyleSports Irish Derby came to 126 yesterday but a shock absentee was English Derby runner-up Tyrur Shay.
With entries closing after racing at Shelbourne Park tonight, the anticipation is that there will be about 120 runners in the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Derby.
With three of the remaining 12 dogs under his charge, including the favourite Heisman, Carrickmacross trainer Laurence Jones is in the driving seat in advance of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup semi-finals at Dundalk tonight.
As the entries for the BoyleSports Irish Derby were coming in thick and fast yesterday the shock news broke that leading fancy Priceless Brandy has been withdrawn from the classic which commences at Shelbourne on Thursday next.
Paul Hennessy claimed a fifth success in the BoyleSports Champion Stakes at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night, and now Jaytee Yankee has become a leading fancy for the BoyleSports Irish Derby, which starts on Thursday week.
On a hectic day for sport in Dublin, a huge crowd will throng Shelbourne Park this evening for a high-class card which features the final of the BoyleSports Champion Stakes.
The Larry O'Shea-owned Whoops Jack has emerged as the new track sensation at Shelbourne following two remarkable runs over the past two weekends.
Since the Champion Stakes was first run in 1986, only three of the winners have managed to go on to Irish Derby success in the same year. Can that record be improved upon this year?
It's another very busy Friday at the tracks with the final of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn bringing out the staying stars at Shelbourne while the top sprinters will be contesting the second round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk.
Jaytee Jet, winner of the Dundalk International on his last appearance, headlines the BoyleSports Champion Stakes which commences at Shelbourne Park on Saturday.
The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) yesterday confirmed the appointment of Ger Dollard as its new Chief Executive Officer.
For the second year running and the fourth time in all, trainer Graham Holland won the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday, when Clonbrien Hero gave a tremendous exhibition of pace and tracking sense to claim the €30,000 prize for Limerick owners Jim and Kay Murphy.
It has been a memorable few weeks for Carlow sporting followers with the unprecedented run of success enjoyed by the county's footballers in the All-Ireland series.
There is classic action on two fronts this evening with the semi -finals of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Shelbourne Park while the opening eight heats of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup will be run at Dundalk.
Clares Rocket will make his first public appearance since his English Derby third when he has a trial spin around Shelbourne Park this evening.
Near neighbours Paul Hennessy and Tom Buggy provided the two semi-final winners in the Irish Independent Irish Laurels semi-finals at Curraheen Park on Saturday.
Clonbrien Hero remains at the top of the market for the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park and he can confirm that position by winning the opening heat this evening.
Despite being beaten twice in the classic, Clonbrien Hero remains the favourite for the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park as we approach Saturday's semi-finals.
For the first time in a few years there will be a real Anglo-Irish flavour to the Racing Post International at Dundalk Stadium this evening.
Favourites didn't fare well in the quarter-finals of the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday night with the market leaders turned over in three of the four heats.
A year ago Skywalker Manner raced to glory in the Irish Independent Irish Laurels, and he can move a step closer towards retaining the title when he contests the second quarter-final at Curraheen Park this evening.
Paul Young's Bubbly Bluebird has been made the 2/1 favourite by BoyleSports for the Racing Post Dundalk International to be run next Wednesday. Bubbly Bluebird had the slow-starting Droopys Wilbury behind him when winning the Anglo Irish Invitation at Towcester.
The draw will be made at noon today for the traditional Dundalk International which has been providing intriguing clashes between the stars of Ireland and the UK since it was first run back in 1968.
Seamus Cahill learned the greyhound trade at an early age but his career reached its zenith on Saturday when Astute Missile raced into the history books as the longest-priced winner ever of the English Greyhound Derby.
There will be a huge Irish presence at Towcester track this evening to support our runners in the final of the Star Sports English Derby.
There had been a widespread fear that the lengthy closure of Shelbourne Park would have a lasting effect on the supply of greyhounds and also the crowds.
Despite being beaten in the first round, the Graham Holland trained Clonbrien Hero remains the 7/1 favourite to win the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park.
Clares Rocket and Tyrur Shay maintained their domination of the English Derby when they claimed the first two places in Saturday's second semi-final of the Classic at Towcester.
By virtue of Ireland's four survivors being all drawn together in the second semi-final it at least guarantees that we will have one qualifier for next week's final of the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester.
Having broken the track record last week when winning his second-round heat in the Wallace/ Murray Longford Derby, Badminton Ciaran has subsequently been sold to PJ Fahy and will not contest the third semi-final this evening.
Seven Irish challengers stood their ground after a night of drama and shocks in the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester on Saturday night.
There was a widespread welcome through the Irish greyhound industry yesterday for the news that the Harold's Cross/Shelbourne Park impasse has been resolved and that racing will resume on Tuesday night.
Irish-trained greyhounds continue to dominate the betting on the Star Sports English Derby - they occupy six of the top ten places in the betting in advance of Saturday's quarter-finals at Towcester.
Greyhound racing in Dublin will resume at Shelbourne Park on Tuesday night following a vote conducted among the members of the Dublin Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association in Crumlin last night.
Fourteen Irish-trained runners have qualified for the third round of the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester.
Paul Hennessy's runners made a flying start to the second round of the English Derby at Towcester last night when Priceless Brandy and Jaytee Jet won the first two heats in impressive fashion.
Sab Miller's withdrawal has reduced the number of Irish dogs remaining in the English Derby to 25, with eight in action in tonight's second-round heats.
After the Portlaoise meeting of trainers and owners, a delegation will now meet with the Dublin GOBA to discuss the impasse which has led to no greyhound racing in the capital since late February.
The third session of the English Derby first round proved to be a terrific occasion for the Irish at Towcester on Saturday with five winners and 13 of our 18 runners qualifying for the second round next weekend.
The doubters were certainly silenced at Towcester last night as Clares Rocket gave a sizzling performance, smashing the track record to smithereens in winning Heat 6 of the opening round of the Star Sports English Derby.
The Pat Guilfoyle-trained Good News claimed his overdue first major success when easily justifying odds-on favouritism in the final of the Greyhound & Petworld Golden Muzzle Open 550 at Limerick on Saturday.
It can be an occasion for Good News at Limerick Stadium this evening with the punters likely to row-in heavily on the Pat Guilfoyle-trained dog of that name in the final of the €4,000 Greyhound & Petworld Golden Muzzle.
The number of entries for the English Derby is dropping fast ,and it is possible that the final number of names in the draw on Sunday will be less than the preferred maximum of 192.
Millroad McCoy lived up to expectations when he ran out a most impressive winner of the €9,000 Lee Strand 550 at Tralee on Saturday night.
The Lee Strand 550 is part of the culture down in Tralee and the history of this great event goes back to the 1970s. A special crowd will make their way to the Kingdom Stadium to witness what should be another thrilling final of the €9,000 competition.
With the PAC meeting out of the way, the Irish greyhound industry can concentrate on the real major issue of the moment - the recommencement of a full racing schedule on the tracks.
The Riverside Oscar Open 525 has been a great addition to the Irish calendar and the first decider of the €10,000-to-the-winner event will be staged at Curraheen Park this evening.
Dr Sean Brady, Interim CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, has warned that 170 jobs could be lost at Shelbourne Park if the protest blockade on the track is not lifted.
With the English Derby just a few weeks away, the exodus of Irish greyhounds across the channel continues to grow and on Saturday there will be no fewer than 18 Irish-trained dogs in action in the Derby Trial Stakes at Towcester.
The dearth of open race opportunities in Ireland at the moment is forcing most of the leading trainers to take in the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester and there will again be a major Irish presence at the new Derby venue on Saturday.
Curraheen Park provides the main Irish action on the track this evening and the excellent card features the semi-finals of the €10,000 Riverside Oscar Open 525.
The sale of Harold's Cross to the Department of Education was very much the greyhound topic yesterday and it is also sure to figure in the discussions at the Committee of Public Accounts in Leinster House this morning.
The news of the sale of Harold's Cross was the talk of the doggy world last night and it even dominated the TV show from Towcester where Clares Rocket was the star attraction.
Already firmly established as an 8/1 favourite for the Star Sports English Derby, Irish superstar tracker Clares Rocket will make his UK racing debut when he contests Division A of the Derby Trial Stakes at Towcester this evening.
It is a busy day for Irish greyhounds with important engagements on the home front and in the UK.
It will be a busy weekend for Irish dogs on the UK tracks this weekend and it kicks off with the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Patriot contesting the third semi-final of the Coral Regency over 695 metres at Hove this evening.
Having won the classic last year with Clares Rocket, Graham Holland provided the fastest first round winner in the opening round of the 2017 BIF Produce Stakes at Clonmel when Clonbrien Hero flashed to a very impressive victory.
While four Irish-trained dogs qualified for next Saturday's Scottish Derby semi-finals, just one managed to win his heat at Shawfield on Saturday, writes Michael Fortune.
Eight Irish-trained greyhounds will set out on the Scottish Derby trail this evening at Shawfield but many of our top trackers will be in action in competitions on the home tracks also. There are strong hopes for a few Irish victories in the Shawfield heats which will be shown live on RPGTV (Channel 468).
The Irish Greyhound Board yesterday confirmed in a statement that the disruption to racing at Shelbourne Park is costing €30,000 per week and warned that unless the action resumes immediately, jobs across the industry are in immediate jeopardy.
Following the loss of two huge competitions already this year, the Irish Greyhound Board yesterday took a very positive step when advertising the Sporting Press Micro Dog Irish Oaks with a starting date in mid-May.
Leading Irish tracker Clares Rocket gave an indication of his huge talent when making a first public British appearance in a trial around Towcester on Saturday morning.
Many of our leading trackers will be in action across the water today with Irish stars booked in for trials at Shawfield and Towcester in advance of the Scottish and English Derbies.
How times have changed! Only a few short years ago Good Friday was a closed shop as far as greyhound racing was concerned but there are no fewer than 11 meetings scheduled around the country this evening.
The Irish challenge for the Scottish and English Derbies is growing virtually by the day and numerous Irish handlers are travelling over and back to the UK each week as they give their charges trials in preparation for the forthcoming classics.
The favourite Bentekes Bocko completed an unbeaten path through the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick on Saturday when providing trainer Pat Buckley with his second victory on the trot in the valuable event.
The Irish Greyhound Board issued a hard-hitting response yesterday to the vote of no confidence which was passed at Sunday night's DGOBA-organised meeting at Horse and Jockey.
The card for Saturday's magnificent Con & Annie Kirby Memorial finale was completed yesterday and some of our top trackers will be in action in a number of races.
More than 60 leading players in the greyhound industry turned up at Wednesday night's meeting held in Portlaoise and the Dublin tracks' closure was one of the major topics of the three-hour session.
The continued closure of Shelbourne Park is causing havoc with the planning of trainers of our leading track greyhounds and they have no option but to challenge for the major prizes on offer across the water.
Two separate meetings have been called for this week as the Harold's Cross dispute, which has kept the Dublin tracks closed for eight weeks, rumbles on without any signs of resolution.
The punters got the better of the argument in the quarter-finals of the Kirby Memorial Juvenile Stake at Limerick, with the favourites winning the first three heats and a strongly fancied second favourite on the mark in the other qualifier.
Mediation talks under the auspices of Kieran Mulvey broke down at lunchtime yesterday and so the Dublin dispute continues and there is still no sign of a resumption of greyhound racing in the capital.
The Red Mills/NTSC Open Unraced Bitch Stake has lived up to all expectations and a terrific battle is anticipated in tonight's final at Newbridge.
The opening session of the mediation talks on the Harold's Cross dispute lasted for three hours yesterday evening and they are set to resume tomorrow at 11am.
There was a widespread welcome last night for the news that mediation talks are set to commence this evening concerning the issues which have kept the Dublin tracks closed for a number of weeks.
The fastest run in the second round of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial came in the very first heat at Limerick Stadium on Saturday, when the Graham Holland trained Lughill Robbie ran out an all-the-way winner in 28.56.
The major question facing punters at Limerick Stadium tonight will be whether first-round stars Vancouver Shea and Drive On Tipp can justify their domination of the long-odds betting market in the second round of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake.
Racing on St Patrick's Day is a big part of the festival weekend and there are six meetings scheduled for this evening.
Leading Irish trainer Graham Holland had a successful trip to England last night when his Garryvoe Bobby maintained his unbeaten record in the Calne Racing Arc at Swindon and will now be a big fancy for the final.
The Fraser Black-trained Vancouver Shea produced a stunning first-round performance in the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick on Saturday night.
Apart from being the second most valuable event on an Irish track, the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Juvenile Stake is one of the most richly endowed juvenile events in the world, and the fifth running of the stake will bring the stars to Limerick Stadium over the next four weeks.
Having posted the fastest time in the opening round last week, Newline Mo will be a strong fancy for the last of the second round heats of the Red Mills/NTSC Open Unraced Bitch Stake at Newbridge this evening.
The impasse over the Harold's Cross closure took a new direction yesterday when former major political figures Brian Cowen and Ivan Yates recommended the involvement of Kieran Mulvey as mediator in an effort to bring the dispute to an end.
There was again no live racing at Shelbourne Park over the weekend, and it is now a week and a half since there was action at the venue due to the DGOBA protests following the closure of Harold's Cross.
The GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic has been a tremendous competition and it reaches its conclusion at Tralee tonight, with a prize of €15,000 awaiting the winner.
No significant progress appears to have been made in the dispute between the Irish Greyhound Board and the Dublin GOBA concerning the closure of Harold's Cross track.
Final details for the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake at Limerick were confirmed yesterday and the total prize fund will amount to a massive €180,000.
There was no racing at Shelbourne but it was a weekend which featured some high-class performances and it began with the semi-finals of the GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic at Tralee where leading Miltown Malbay breeder Sean Meade supplied both winners, while trainer Pat Buckley got three of his runners through to next Friday's final.
Tralee holds centre stage in the greyhound world this evening with the semi-finals of the valuable GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic down for decision at the Kingdom Stadium.
Tonight's 11-race programme at Shelbourne is due to go-ahead unhindered with no protest planned and it promises to be a competitive card.