Funding increase is a most welcome boost
Greyhound racing fared well in the Budget on Tuesday when having its funding increased by €1.2million, thus bringing the total funding for the year to €14.8million.
This is very welcome news for the industry with the bulk of the extra funding, according to Minister Simon Coveney, "to go towards higher prize money, particularly in the greyhound sector which has experienced some tough years".
Minister for State Tom Hayes expressed his delight "that an additional €1.2 million is being provided in 2016 for this sector. Bord na gCon is the State agency charged with promoting and developing this industry and provides a range of infrastructural supports and services without which this sector could not continue to exist. This additional funding should be used to encourage participation in the sport."
Greyhound folk will welcome the extra funding with open arms and what would give the morale of the industry a further boost would be a Department declaration that they no longer encourage the sale of Harold's Cross!
There are a few interesting races at Shelbourne and the rematch between Michael Kelly's Droopys Southboy and Larry Mason's An Old Friend could be a real highlight. Droopys Southboy (8.28) displayed huge early pace to head An Old Friend on the bend last week but the latter rallied to grab a late victory. With the experience of that run behind him, Droopys Southboy may be the one this time.
Also of interest is the 750 where Jerry Griffin's trip from Abbeyfeale can pay dividends. His Justice Matters (9.13) was fourth in the Produce Stakes final. He won over the trip at Curraheen recently and can get the better of Brae Blackie and Money For Cash now.
Turf TV changes
News of the Turf TV live greyhound racing coverage from Irish tracks is that Tralee will replace Curraheen Park as and from next week. Tralee will race on all Tuesdays for the remainder of the year with racing commencing at 7.0pm.
In conjunction with this change, Tralee's weekly schedule will see racing taking place on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Meanwhile, Curraheen Park will cease racing on Tuesdays and will resume their traditional Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedule.
Mention of the Turf TV tracks, Mullingar's meeting on Sunday will include the final of the Paddy Power Fair Warrior Sprint with favouritism being disputed by Catherines Drico and Slade Paddy. The latter has the fastest time in the stake but Catherines Drico beat him fair and square in the semi-final. Sunday's meeting will start at 3.18pm and there will be a bonus in the form of free admission for all.