Friday 20 October 2017

Bookies call for resumption of racing at Shelbourne

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. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
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. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

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 meeting was chaired by Pat Curtin, who said in a statement: "We had a very positive meeting in Portlaoise. We've all agreed to go to the meeting on Sunday night in the Horse & Jockey with a view to getting negotiations going with the DGOBA and the Board and getting racing back in Shelbourne Park ASAP.

"I want to thank everyone who attended our meeting and we look forward to another open, transparent and positive meeting on Sunday."

Ray Mulvaney, chairman of the Shelbourne Park Bookmakers, yesterday issued a statement calling for an urgent resumption of racing at Shelbourne Park.

The statement reads: "We have witnessed little or no sign of any resolution over the last eight weeks. We feel that the current impasse is having a disastrous effect on the industry and fear for the future prospects of Shelbourne Park.

"It is worth noting that Shelbourne Park Bookmakers past and present have supported the industry throughout the years, as they themselves have been owners, trainers, breeders and sponsors. However, our business, our customers and our staff are suffering as a result of this impasse.

"We call on all stakeholders and bodies involved in the industry to resolve this as a matter of urgency."

The Inter Track service tonight will be coming from Curraheen Park where Ravenna (9.05) is a very interesting runner in the first heat of the Bandon Motors A3.

A daughter of legendary Aussie tracker Fernando Bale, she is sure to improve on two unlucky runs in the Newbridge Unraced Bitch Stake.

The other big meeting is at Kilkenny, where the centre of attention will be the two semi-finals of the FFK McCalmont Cup. The two likely winners are maireads spring (9.12) and fennis duke (9.24).

Irish Independent

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