Five Derby finalists pursue Cup
No fewer than five of last year's BoyleSports Irish Derby finalists figure in the first round draw of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup and should generate huge excitement at Shelbourne Park this evening.
No fewer than five of last year's BoyleSports Irish Derby finalists figure in the first round draw of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup and should generate huge excitement at Shelbourne Park this evening.
A major drifter in the market, Pat Guilfoyle's Music Toour Ears proved his doubters wrong when he was an all-the-way winner of the €20,000 Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne.
It is 21 years since the Gold Cup was introduced to the Irish greyhound calendar and it has been firmly established as one of the true major events of the year.
Another massive crowd turned out for the final day of the national meeting at Powerstown Park in Clonmel yesterday and it ended with the classic honours going to the kennels of Kevin Barry in Rosegreen and Liam Dowling in Ballymacelligott.
Another very large crowd attended Powerstown Park yesterday and they witnessed another super show from the Gerry Holian-trained kennel stars.
Fresh from his pre-Christmas romp through the Slyne Memorial at Curraheen Park, Skywalker Logan returns to action in the concluding BoyleSports Getting Out 575 at Shelbourne Park tonight.
Ballymac Arminta gave another master class at Shelbourne Park on Saturday when running away with the €7,000 Gain Christmas Oaks final.
The final of the Gain Christmas Oaks will bring the curtain down on the major calendar for the year at Shelbourne Park tonight and the strong favourite to capture the €7,500 Gain Christmas Oaks prize will be the Liam Dowling-owned-and-trained bitch Ballymac Arminta.
Killer Bee enhanced an already glowing reputation when a clear-cut winner of the Comerford Cakes Puppy 525 final at Shelbourne Park.
Liam Dowling's Ballymac Beach posted the fastest time in the semi-finals of the Comerford Cakes Puppy Stake at Shelbourne on Saturday and then drew the inside jacket for the decider.
It is unusual for a brood bitch to capture the headlines at a major greyhound meeting, but Global Liberty was the talk of Shelbourne Park on Saturday as three of her produce landed the €10,000 prizes on offer at the gala Night of Stars meeting.
Apart from the Derby final, the biggest night of the year at Shelbourne Park is the Night of Stars and the seventh running of the end-of-season spectacular promises to be one of the greatest stagings of the gala.
the hot favourites obliged in the two major finals on the tracks on Saturday with Cabra Hurricane and Bakery Lane romping to all-the-way successes at Waterford and Drumbo Park respectively.
Having just the 11th race of his career, Blastoff Jet produced a replica of his semi-final shock when he scored a decisive victory in the final of the Barking Buzz Irish St Leger at Limerick Stadium on Saturday.
Our original fancy to win the classic, Clonbrien Prince, goes to traps tonight for the Barking Buzz St Leger final at Limerick vying for favouritism with his kennel companion Lenson Blinder.
The shock of the night at Shelbourne on Saturday was the elimination of the favourite Cabra Hurricane from the Best Car Parks semi-final but the heat winners Droopys Alice and Music Toour Ears maintained their unbeaten records in the competition.
Since the first-round draw was made for the Best Car Parks Gold Cup, the hot favourite for the €20,000 event has been Cabra Hurricane and the Pat Guilfoyle-trained dog will still be the market leader when the runners go to traps for the first semi-final at Shelbourne Park this evening (9.42).
In 2015 Liam Dowling received the BoyleSports Irish Derby trophy from sponsor John Boyle after Ballymac Matt had landed greyhound racing's most prestigious prize.
Flying times were the order of the night at Shelbourne on Saturday and John Linehan's bitch Droopys Alice repeated her first round effort when returning the fastest clock in the Best Car Parks Gold Cup.
Sliabh Liag and Priceless Blake looked set to dominate the final of the Whatsapp Open 525 at Shelbourne on Saturday, and so it proved but Priceless Blake turned over the favourite Sliabh Liag with a powerful performance.
Spoofer lived up to his lofty reputation with a brilliant run in the first round of the Comerford Cakes Puppy Stake last weekend and he can further enhance his high regard in tonight's opening semi-final at Shelbourne Park.
Exciting young prospect Spoofer was the star performer as the Comerford Cakes Puppy Stake first round was completed at Shelbourne on Saturday night.
While only two races were run last Saturday the high-profile Comerford Cakes Puppy Stake and the Gain Christmas Oaks should provide rich entertainment tonight at Shelbourne Park.
Just two races were run at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night before the remainder of the programme was called off due to a combination of a very wet track and a mechanical breakdown.
With our leading bitches bidding for Oaks competitions on both sides of the Irish Sea next week there will be huge interest in the 10th race at Shelbourne Park tonight.
Graham Holland will have half the field in Saturday's Barking Buzz Irish St Leger final at Limerick and his Lenson Blinder has been installed the 5-4 favourite despite being beaten by kennel companion Clonbrien Prince in the semi-final at the weekend.
Just 12 remain in contention for the Barking Buzz Irish St Leger at Limerick and Clonbrien Hero is bidding to become only the second greyhound to win the Leger twice.
Graham Holland didn't manage to do the clean sweep in the quarter-finals of the Barking Buzz Irish St Leger at Limerick on Saturday but he achieved the next best thing as his five runners all made it through and he turned out the winners of three heats.
It was a super weekend for trainer Graham Holland as he won the final of the Shelbourne Open 600 with Macaroon Cruz while he was responsible for three of the second-round winners in the Barking Buzz St Leger at Limerick.
The second round of the Barking Buzz Irish St Leger will be run at Limerick this evening and the main news is that Graham Holland's Slippy Cian will not be a runner but Pat Buckley reports that Borna Gin will contest the final heat following his heavy first round fall.
One-time Irish Derby favourite Lenson Blinder bounced back to top form as the fastest winner in the Barking Buzz App St Leger at Limerick on Saturday night. He was one of four heat winners for Graham Holland, who has a strong team for the classic.
Graham Holland, who won last year's St Leger with Clonbrien Hero, mounts a powerful challenge for this year's 550-yard classic which commences at Limerick Stadium tonight.
The Derby may be over for another year, but the performances continue at boiling point, as was evidenced over the weekend at Shelbourne.
While the celebrations following Ballyanne Sim's BoyleSports Irish Derby success are still going on at a pace countrywide, the greyhound action tonight will focus on the opening heats of the Shelbourne Open 600 at the Dublin venue.
Amid a cauldron of excitement at a packed Shelbourne Park on Saturday night, 12/1 outsider Ballyanne Sim turned over the predictions when racing to an all-the-way victory in the final of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby.
A massive crowd is expected to pack into Shelbourne Park tonight for what promises to be an epic final of the BoyleSports Irish Derby.
Two fantastic races gave the huge crowd a marvellous evening as the semi-finals of the BoyleSports Irish Derby produced two epic contests on Saturday at Shelbourne.
It is semi-final night in the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne and the battle for the six places in next weekend's final will be intense.
A fantastic night of racing at Shelbourne Park on Saturday resulted in Slippy Cian going to the top of the Boylesports Irish Derby betting.
The BoyleSports Derby reaches a critical point at Shelbourne Park tonight when the remaining 24 contenders battle it out for the two semi-finals to be run next week.
Jaytee Taylor emerged from the third round of the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne Park as the 5/1 favourite for the classic with the sponsors after another flawless victory.
This is a special night for doggy followers as for the first time in the BoyleSports Irish Derby all 48 contenders will be in action at Shelbourne Park.
For the first time in the classic all the surviving greyhounds will compete on the same card in Saturday's third round of the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne. But many of the leading favourites failed to qualify from the second round.
Trainer Pat Buckley was the headline act at yesterday's National Premium Unraced Sales when purchasing a daughter of 2017 Irish Derby winner Good News for Australian owner/breeder Peter Sutcliffe for a massive €31,000 and tonight he will be hoping for a big run from one of his main BoyleSports Derby contenders at Shelbourne.
There will be a real parade of stars in tonight's session of BoyleSports Irish Derby heats at Shelbourne Park but unfortunately the dual Champion Stakes winner Jaytee Yankee has been withdrawn due to lameness following a home gallop.
It is 47 years since a British-trained greyhound managed to win the Irish Derby but Droopys Verve goes to traps this evening as the 12/1 favourite with the sponsors to win the 2018 BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne Park.
A total of 138 greyhounds went into the draw for the BoyleSports Irish Derby and the 23 first-round heats will be run between Friday and Saturday nights at Shelbourne.
The lightly-raced Cashen Kuba crashed his way into the BoyleSports Irish Derby calculations with a brilliant first appearance at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.
The last pieces of the jigsaw will be put together at Shelbourne Park tonight when we will see the final Derby contenders in action prior to Tuesday morning's draw for the first round of the BoyleSports Irish Derby.
The opening heats in the 2018 BoyleSports Irish Derby will be run on Friday week and tonight’s session at Shelbourne will provide some very interesting pointers to the classic prospects.
Droopys Lagoon is really still a novice over 750 yards but she will go off a very strong favourite to win the final of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Shelbourne Park tonight.
Thirty-two years ago the Champion Stakes was run for the first time and in all that time no greyhound has managed to win the prestigious event on two occasions. Tonight at Shelbourne Park Jaytee Yankee will bid to bring that sequence to an end in the BoyleSports decider.
Since it was first run back in 1986 no greyhound has ever managed to win the BoyleSports Champion Stakes on two occasions but the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Yankee will bid to end that sequence when he contests the second semi-final at Shelbourne Park this evening.
The clash of Rockybay Foley and Native Chimes is the final everybody wished for in the Irish Independent Irish Laurels and it should attract a huge crowd to Curraheen Park this evening.
The battle for the six final placings in the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen tonight will be highlighted by local trainer Kieran Lynch's bid to get his two Rockybay runners through to next weekend's €30,000 decider.
With the exception of Shelbourne Park and Dundalk, all the other evening meetings will delay their start by one hour this evening due to the high temperatures.
The six-bend scene has been pretty quiet so far this season but tonight’s Barry’s Tea 750 decider at Curraheen Park signals the commencement of the serious stayers’ campaign.
A year ago the Irish finalists Tyrur Shay and Clares Rocket had to settle for second and third placings in the first English Derby staged at Towcester.
Paul Hennessy claimed a third Irish Oaks on Saturday when Jaytee Jordan gained an all-the-way victory in the Sporting Press-sponsored Classic at Shelbourne Park.
It is a huge night on the greyhound front with the final of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne and the semi-finals of the English Derby at Towcester.
The draw for Saturday’s Sporting Press Irish Oaks decider has thrown the event wide open with six inside seeds in the line-up and the fancied Ballinakil Clare out in trap five.
Four of the six Irish Oaks second-round heat winners were 2016 puppies and the fastest was the April puppy Coolavanny Ella which is owned and trained in Castleisland by Noel Browne.
The Star Sports English Derby commenced last night at Towcester and tonight's middle session of the first round will see four more Irish runners in action.
It was the first major greyhound competition to be sponsored when known as the Guinness 600 in 1964. Now 54 years later the Gain 600 as it is now known is still going strong and the final will be run in front of a huge crowd at Shelbourne Park this evening.
Droopys Davy justified his position as odds-on favourite when scoring a hugely emphatic victory in Saturday's final of the €80,000 Kirby Memorial Stake at Limerick.
Gordon Elliott, who saddles three fancied runners in the Aintree National today, will have another leading contender when Master Jingles contests the first semi-final of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick.
Kennel companions Droopys Davy and Droopys Biker remain the favourites in advance of this evening's third-round heats in the €80,000-to-the-winner Kirby Memorial at Limerick.
When the draw was made for the RPGTV Scottish Derby at Shawfield, there were seven Irish challengers for tomorrow’s first round with Pat Buckley’s three runners drawn in opposition in the opening heat.
Despite finishing only fourth in the first round, Coolavanny Dream got back into the Red Mills/ NTSC Open Unraced Stake at Newbridge at the semi-final stage last week when she produced an explosive winning performance.
There will be a big focus on the Mullingar track for the next few weeks with the All Pet Supplies Irish Cesarewitch 600 drawing out plenty of performers.
Good News bids to become the first greyhound since the legendary Spanish Battleship to follow up an Irish Derby victory with a Ladbrokes Easter Cup success when he contests the Shelbourne Park feature this evening.
Irish greyhound racing has ground to a halt due to the weather crisis. Last night’s meeting at Kilkenny was cancelled while the Irish Greyhound Board has announced that all Irish tracks will be closed tonight and tomorrow. A decision on Saturday’s meetings will be made closer to the weekend.
It was an eventful first day at the Irish Cup coursing meeting at Limerick Racecourse, with the major surprise being the elimination of last year's Derby hero Reikers Island, which was well led by Millstreet duffer winner Business Yankee.
The withdrawal of Pack Your Case reduces the list of contenders for the GMHD Juvenile Classic at Tralee to 11 and they will contest the semi-finals at Tralee tonight.
Derby champion Good News returned to Shelbourne Park in style when a runaway winner of his Ladbrokes Easter Cup heat on Saturday night
The Irish Derby hero Good News headlines a hugely exciting line-up for the first round of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park this evening.
The bookmakers were spared a hammering with the victories of Silent Whisper and Foxhollow Lady in the finals of the Classics as the National Coursing Meeting reached a climax at Powerstown Park yesterday.
Weather proved a major problem on the second day of the National Coursing Meeting at Powerstown Park yesterday but the full programme was completed well before the light failed.
The 93rd National Coursing Meeting will commence at Powerstown Park, Clonmel this morning (11.0) and the action will continue over the weekend with the finals on Monday afternoon.
The scene is set for a terrific final following two thrilling semi-finals to the Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.
Borna Gin goes into tonight's Best Car Parks Gold Cup semi-finals at Shelbourne Park as the 3-1 favourite for outright honours and it will be a major surprise if he doesn't progress to next week's final.
The much-anticipated battle between Borna Gin and Skywalker Rafa lived up to its billing in Saturday's Best Car Parks Gold Cup second round at Shelbourne Park.
The Best Car Parks Gold Cup, the first Major of the season, got off to a flying start last weekend and the first-round star Borna Gin can again shine brightly when battle is resumed at Shelbourne Park tonight.
Cappawhite trainer Pat Buckley grabbed the headlines in the first round of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne Park on Saturday with the two fastest winners.
The new season moves up a gear at Shelbourne Park this evening when the first of the year's majors, the Best Car Parks Gold Cup, will commence.
Jaytee Yankee didn't make his anticipated reappearance at Shelbourne on Saturday night but trainer Paul Hennessy has confirmed that the dog will run in the Best Car Parks Gold Cup, which commences next Saturday.
The track action is picking up in tempo following the Christmas break and this is the last Saturday before the commencement of the major competitions next weekend.
Following the cancellation of Tuesday's meeting at Shelbourne due to an unsafe racing surface after torrential rain, the track has been given the green light for a busy weekend of racing.
The Tom Buggy-owned and trained Kilgraney Master earned a place in the forthcoming Best Car Parks Gold Cup when producing an impressive performance at Shelbourne on Saturday night.
There will be a low-key start to the Shelbourne Park season with two nine-race cards at the track tonight and tomorrow. However, the big guns won't be resting for too long with the €20,000 Best Car Parks Gold Cup scheduled to commence on Saturday, January 20.
The curtain will come down on a very eventful year at Shelbourne Park tonight.
The final of the Gain Dog Nutrition Christmas Oaks will bring the curtain down on the major open competitions for the year at Shelbourne tonight and the intriguing question is whether the young sensation Droopys Ant can bring her unbeaten record into 2018.
Caught in the closing yards last year, Jaytee Patriot is set to make amends in the final of the Best Car Parks Marathon over 1,025 yards at Shelbourne Park this evening.
The Droopys Ant saga continues to gain momentum and the flying young bitch now carries an unbeaten career record into next Saturday's €7,000 Gain Dog Nutrition Christmas Oaks final at Shelbourne.
Droopys Ant has made a phenomenal start to her racing career and she will be the main attraction at Shelbourne this evening when she contests the second semi-final of the Gain Dog Nutrition Christmas Oaks.
Dublin publican Larry O'Shea and his son Jack are set to be the toast of Shelbourne Park this evening when their dog Whoops Jack will go to traps a strong favourite to land the final of the €5,000 Gold Collar Open 550.
Irish challenger Jumeirah Lolls was withdrawn from the final of the English Oaks at Belle Vue last night due to a positive test taken during the Classic.
Having previously combined to win the 2014 Gain 600 with Greenwell Hulk, trainer Gerry Melia and Scottish owner John Shannon teamed up again to claim the Comerford Cakes Open 525 final at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.
Despite the bad weather forecast, no problems are anticipated at Shelbourne Park where tonight's card includes the final of the Comerford Cakes Open 525 and the second round heats of the Gain Dog Nutrition Christmas Oaks.
Known this year as the Best Car Parks Marathon, the 1,025-yard competition is the longest event run in Ireland and is popular with punters.
The semi-finals of the Comerford Cakes Open 525 and the first round of the Gain Christmas Oaks provide racegoers with an excellent offering at Shelbourne tonight.
The busy pre-Christmas programme commences at many tracks countrywide this weekend and two valuable competitions get under way this evening.
It is going to be a hectic build-up to Christmas at Shelbourne Park with a series of top-class competitions prior to the festival.
While it was most disappointing that the valuable Comerford Cakes Open 525 attracted such a small entry, the four first round heats are guaranteed to be full of interest at Shelbourne tonight.
The Saleen kennels in Tarbert, Co Kerry have produced many outstanding greyhounds over the years, both on the track and up field.
The provincial circuit provides the main fare this evening with Shelbourne's Night of Stars meeting then commanding all the attention tomorrow night.
Clonbrien Hero created his own piece of history at Limerick on Saturday night when he won his third classic of the season as he led all the way to claim the €25,000 Golden Vale Irish St Leger prize.
Once again it is Graham Holland versus the rest in the final of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick this evening but it promises to be a very tightly fought contest in pursuit of the winner's prize of €25,000.
Star English tracker Hiya Butt was yesterday confirmed as a definite entry for the Night of Stars at Shelbourne on November 18 by his handlers Mark and Hayley Keightley.
Sonic, an Irish Derby finalist for the past two seasons, came right back to top form when winning the second semi-final of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick on Saturday.
Fans of the Dubs will flock to Shelbourne Park this evening where the three-in-a-row All-Ireland champions will be the star attractions along with Sam Maguire.
Forest Natalee's performance in winning the Irish Oaks at Shelbourne on Saturday night will go down as one of the great training performances of our time.
The second stage of the classic weekend at Shelbourne Park tonight will see the top bitches battling it out for the €25,000 Sporting Press Micro Dog ID Irish Oaks.
Just as in the BoyleSports Irish Derby a month ago, the betting on tonight's Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby is extremely close and it will be no surprise if Man Twenty One and Droopys Noah go off as the joint favourites to claim the €22,500 prize.
The favourites were turned over in the semi-finals of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne on Saturday when the major surprise was the failure of the John Linehan-trained Droopys Harbour to make the final.