Holland honoured as Droopys Scolari takes Stud award
It has been a sensational year for trainer Graham Holland, and he was honoured again at Shelbourne last night when he was presented with the Personality of the Year award by Minister of State Paul Kehoe.
The award, presented in conjunction with the launch of the Irish Greyhound Review Annual, was launched back in 1980 and has been won by most legends of the sport.
Holland won it in 2012 and has again topped the poll, which is conducted among the greyhound correspondents.
Paul Hennessy also polled well after his terrific year during which he won the English Derby and Easter Cup with Jaytee Jet and the Irish St Leger with Priceless Brandy.
Minister Kehoe also presented the Stud Dog award to Michael Dunphy, who has had Droopys Scolari standing at the Portlaw kennels for some years.
The son of Droopys Kewell had his potentially brilliant racing career cut short at an early stage due to a serious injury but he made a huge impact at stud - he sired the likes of Oaks champion Witches Belle, Jaytee Jet, Unraced Sales winner All About Flynn and marathon champion Tradition.
The Irish Greyhound Review first appeared back in 1978, and it has become established as the leading annual greyhound publication in the world.
The 128 page publication provides an in-depth review of all the greyhound action in Ireland and the UK, and among the feature articles are a Q&A Profile of Holland and in-depth profiles of Derby winners Jaytee Jet and Rural Hawaii.
Night of Stars
The card for Saturday's massive Night of Stars programme at Shelbourne will be finalised today and there is a high-class entry for all eight races.
Unfortunately, there have been a few high-profile withdrawals from the sprint. Irish Sprint Cup winner Ballymac Mike was lame following a sprint trial and Quietly pulled up lame after the Select final, and both are heading for the Droopys Stud kennels.