Dog chat: Red Mills to sponsor Laurels for three years
Red Mills, already established as the leading greyhound sponsors in the country, have now taken over the Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park.
This is tremendous news for greyhound racing in the south, where the Laurels is the biggest event of the year and is popularly referred to as the 'Southern Derby'.
Red Mills, who already sponsor the Produce Stakes at Clonmel, the Masters at Waterford, the Champion Unraced at Kilkenny as well as many other events, signed the deal for three years and this year's Classic will carry a winner's prize of €30,000. Total prize money on final night will be €65,000 and the event will run from Friday, September 21 to Saturday, October 20.
In conjunction with the Laurels, Red Mills and Curraheen Park will play host to the industry's first ever live forum on Monday, October 15. The forum will be streamed live on a number of websites, including the IGB site, www.igb.ie.
Meanwhile, the Red Mills Produce Stakes final will be run at Clonmel on Sunday and trainer Owen McKenna has three finalists in Power Of God, Airforce Zulu and Camas. However Pat Buckley has the fastest semi-final winner Paradise Martini.
The field is completed by Murt Leahy's Ballybough Hawke and Chris Houlihan's Cashen Mafuma. Paradise Martini has been introduced as the 7/4 favourite by Paddy Power, who then have Power of God, Cashen Mafuma and Camas on the 4/1 mark with Airforce Zulu at 9/2 and Ballybough Hawke at 12/1.
The hectic racing schedule continues with a host of major events all over the country as well as the second round of the English Derby which will be run on Friday and Saturday.
The Red Mills Champion Unraced starts at Kilkenny on Friday, while the quarter-finals of the Lee Strand 550 will be run at Tralee.
Then on Saturday the final of the Healthcare Transport Services Puppy Oaks will be backed up by the semi-finals of the Betfair 600 and the second round of the Larry Dunne 525 at Shelbourne, while at Limerick the semi-finals of the Roche's Feeds Oaks will be run.
There will be no racing at Kilkenny tomorrow due to the untimely death of track director Peter Meaney.
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