Dundalk to host monster Armagh benefit
The Armagh GAA County Board will be staging a monster fundraising meeting at Dundalk Stadium on Saturday, June 6 when it is hoped that a massive sum of £250,000 can be raised.
The meeting is being organised by lifelong Armagh supporter and greyhound legend Brendan Matthews who yesterday said: "The money raised will be used for all strands of the GAA, ranging from the underage boys and girls to the seniors in football, hurling, ladies football etc".
The selling of nominations and sponsorships is already well advanced and the plan is that it will be a sensational night of racing with seven €1,000 sweepstakes and at least five open races over varying distances worth €1,000 each.
The sweepstakes will range from Open 400 to A10 525 and they will commence on Friday, May 15.
The worrying aspect of the weekend racing was that Shelbourne Park once again failed to cope with the torrential rain which fell throughout the day and the meeting had to be called off after three races had been run in increasingly slow times.
Up to recent years Shelbourne was the best draining track in the country, obviously due to the fact that the circuit is on reclaimed land.
But for some reason it doesn't take the rain quite like it used to do and something will obviously have to be done about it.
Anyway, the postponed second round heats of the Healthcare & Transport Services Puppy Oaks will be run this evening and should prove to be a great boost for the Wednesday attendance and betting figures.
There are some terrific young bitches in the competition and they should provide some really top-class racing. The long-odds favourite is the Fraser Black-trained Droopys Streak (9.10) which was mighty impressive last week when beating Ballydoyle Honey in 28.47 and she again goes from trap six in the first heat.
Mind you, she can afford no liberties with Skywalker Pearl and Jumeirah Dancer among the opposition.
Despite being beaten by Droopys Streak in the first round, Graham Holland's Ballydoyle Honey (9.55) remains a major hope for this competition and she should make the most of her inside draw in Heat 4 to win from Badminton Maid and Urban Gossip.
Pat Buckley's Coolavanny Slip (9.25) ran well in defeat in the first round and should be too good for her four rivals in Heat 2 where Rural Maui is an absentee. Liam Dowling's Ballymac Shirley (9.40) didn't enjoy much luck in her opening outing but she can do much better in Heat 3 where Tarsna Danceaway looks the main threat.
The usual Wednesday night specials will operate - the €1,000 Pick 4 Jackpot guarantee and the Losing Trio Bonus Bet.