Greyhounds: New categories add spice to awards gala
The process to select Ireland's top greyhounds of 2012 is due to take place on Monday, though the identity of the winners will not be revealed until the presentation gala on Sunday, March 10.
There is a category for 'Juvenile/Newcomer of the Year' which will be added to the existing awards for dog, bitch, sprint, marathon, brood bitch and stud dog as well as the Hall of Fame and Special Merit awards.
Everyone will have their own ideas regarding the greyhounds of the year, but it will be a surprise if there isn't at least one bone of contention when the winners are announced.
The presentations will take place for a second year at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone.
A few of the leading fancies for the SIS Live Gold Cup could figure among the nominations – and the Owen McKenna-trained Camas is the 9/2 favourite following his brilliant first round effort.
He is followed at 6/1 by Ardfert Thunder and Kereight King while Isabels Boy is a 7/1 chance and it is 12/1 bar.
Meanwhile, the Champion Bitch Stake at Thurles has been postponed by a week due to a lack of entries.
The 36-bitch event with a winner's prize of €4,000 will now start on Saturday, March 2, which means that entries can be accepted up to next Tuesday morning.
The annual Thurles Track Supporters' Club awards will be presented on Friday – recipients will be Niall Dunne, David Flanagan, Peter Kinane, Sean O'Neill and Caran Hehir.
St Michael's GAA club, sponsored by Peter Curran Electrical, are having their fundraising 'Night at the Dogs' at Galway Stadium on Saturday, March 2.
Tickets are €10 and are on sale from the committee.
Number of the day
40,000 This will be the guaranteed pool in euro for Saturday's Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot at Limerick and Shelbourne.
Champs on parade
With many of the Irish Cup fans present on Saturday night at Limerick Stadium there should be a huge reception for the Powerstown champions Thomas The Tank and Smart Ali when they are paraded during racing.
Entries for the Kirby Memorial, the richest puppy event ever run in this country, will close at Limerick on Friday at 6.0. The new €80,000-to-the-winner competition will get under way a week later.