Ruth caps great year with top accolade
Rathangan-based trainer Dolores Ruth has capped a fantastic year by receiving the Irish Greyhound Review Personality of the Year award from Minister of State Shane McEntee at a function in Shelbourne Park.
It is the third time for Ruth to receive the accolade, having been previously honoured in 1996 and 2006.
In the voting, conducted among the greyhound correspondents, she emerged a clear-cut winner.
This was hardly surprising, considering she won the Irish Derby with Razldazl George, had an Easter Cup 1-2 via Makeshift and Razldazl George, and also won the Hegarty 600 with Kingo, the Irish Laurels with Razldazl Rioga and the Corn Cuchulainn with Fleeting Image.
Others to poll well were Oaks-winning trainer John Linehan, regular southern scorer Mossie O'Connor and Newry's Brendan Matthews, who won the Irish Cup for the seventh time.
Head Bound was named the IGR Stud Dog of the Year for the first time.
Sean and Michael Dunphy from Knocktopher in Co Kilkenny accepted this award.
The awards were presented in conjunction with the launch of the 2012 Irish Greyhound Review Annual, the 34th volume of the yearly publication, which is now on sale in all leading newsagents.
Meanwhile, entries close this morning for the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne and the first-round heats will be split between Thursday and Saturday.
It now looks as if it will be run as a 48-dog competition.
Missing from the list will be the sensational puppy Milldean Panther as he has been retired for the year, but most of the other top names will be in there for what promises to be a high-class competition.