Dunne eyes big double for 'Fred' in Easter Cup
There are no major shocks in the nominations for the track Greyhounds of the Year which have been announced. All the major winners are included but the identity of all the winners will not be confirmed until at the presentation ceremony, the date of which has yet to be confirmed.
The nominations for Dog of the year are BoyleSports Derby winner Ballymac Matt, Kirby Memorial winner Cable Bay and dual Derby finalist Farloe Blitz. There was a closer battle for the three top spots in the Bitch of the Year category with Sporting Press Irish Oaks winner Ballydoyle Honey joined by Fitzpatrick Newbridge Oaks winner Skywalker Rossa and the Night of Stars and Droopys Stud Champion Stakes winner Yahoo Perlena.
The date for the Awards Presentation has not yet been set and has been complicated by the General Election. Due to the non-availability of a Minister for the presentation due to the election process, it is now hoped that the Gala might take place in mid to late April.
All award winners will be announced at the gala while the Supreme Greyhound award will be a direct battle between the respective Dog and Bitch Award winners.
The nominations, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
Dog: Ballymac Matt, Cable Bay, Farloe Blitz.
Bitch: Ballydoyle Honey, Skywalker Rossa, Yahoo Perlena.
Sprinter: Catherines Drico, Slipalong Hero, Trinity Forest.
Stayer: Ballymac Bonnie, Tradition, Vulturi.
Brood Bitch: Ballymac Scarlet, Final Oyster, Kildallon Maid.
Stud Dog: Ace Hi Rumble, Droopys Scolari, Kinloch Brae.
Future Star: Clares Rocket, Droopys Nine, Droopys Roddick.
The selection panel for the awards was: Tom Aherne, Matt Bruton, Ian Fortune, Michael Fortune, DJ Histon, Tony Mulvey, Tommy Lyons, Paddy Ryan and Teresa Wall.
Slippery Fred, winner of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup last Saturday, is bidding for a quick double as he is scheduled to contest the final heat in the opening round of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup which commences at Shelbourne on Saturday.
Larry Dunne's tracker has been handed a very tough draw with the opposition including Paul Hennessy's highly regarded Jaytee Jet and Brendan Matthews' Leave At Dawn.
Ballydoyle Honey is one of the highest profile greyhounds in training and she is due to run from trap six in the third heat. She clocked a brilliant 29.45 in a 550 trial on Saturday..