Dog chat: Fahy family values earn top honour after year to remember
A great year for the father and son team of PJ and Conor Fahy was acknowledged last night when they were named the joint Irish Greyhound Review Personalities of the Year at a reception in Shelbourne Park.
The awards, which are traditionally presented in conjunction with the launch of the Irish Greyhound Review annual, have been running since 1981, but this is the first time a father and son team has been honoured.
However, the incredible achievement of owning and training litter brothers which went on to finish first and second in the Irish Derby, and then to follow that up by winning the Irish Laurels, ensured that the Fahys were very convincing winners.
The Stud Dog award was claimed by Australian import Crash; it is the ninth year in a row for the title to be taken by a dog based with Michael and John Dunne in the Frightful Flash Kennels in Portlaoise.
Meanwhile, entries for the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick close this morning (11.0) and up to yesterday afternoon, 78 were already in the book, with a few top kennels yet to reveal their plans. The first round will be run on Friday and Saturday.
Frazer Black has entered Krug Ninety Five after his dead heat in the final of the Red Mills Masters on Saturday and also plans to run Westmead Bolt and Westmead Bold.
Other leading entries include Fatboyz Tyson, Thurlesbeg Joker, Colorful Champ, De Ex Factor, Air Force Hawk, Beaming Dilemma, Farley Blitz, Farley Turbo, Makeshift, Dromore Dazzler, Monlesa Alsation, St Louis Spirit, Dream Walker, Skywalker Queen, Confident Nestor and Killacolla Glory.
Also starting this week is the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne. Entries close this morning, but plans to start the competition on Thursday have been scrapped with just 30 entries received by midday yesterday.
The entire first round will now be run on Saturday, with the likes of Farloe Force, Mozzletoff and Deerfield Music among the leading fancies.