'Davy' seals Buckley's Kirby Hat-Trick
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.
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...
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.
Forest Natalee and Droopys Harbour have been the big two in the Sporting Press Oaks since the very start and they are expected to confirm their status with emphatic semi-final victories this evening at Shelbourne.
The young stars have been producing the fireworks in the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby at Shelbourne for the last three weeks and we can expect more of the same when the semi-finals are run this evening.
The big two dominated the quarter-finals of the Sporting Press Micro Dog ID Irish Oaks at Shelbourne Park on Saturday with Droopys Harbour and Forest Natalee both producing high-class performances in registering comfortable victories.
There are two major venues in focus this evening with Shelbourne hosting the quarter-finals of the Sporting Press Micro ID Irish Oaks while Limerick will be the venue for the first round of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger.
The potential champions of 2018 will be on show in what promises to be an intriguing programme at Shelbourne Park this evening featuring the quarter-finals of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby.
The withdrawal of Holycross Leah has robbed the Irish Oaks of its major player but the second round action at Shelbourne tonight still promises to throw up some fantastic action.
The appropriately named Good News was a hugely popular winner of the BoyleSports Irish Derby final at Shelbourne Park.
The pinnacle of the greyhound year will attract a huge crowd to Shelbourne Park this evening with the final of the BoyleSports Irish Derby the highlight of a 13-race programme.
The first staging of the Three-Day Derby Festival kicks off this evening at Shelbourne with a high-class programme featuring 11 heats of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks and the two semi-finals of the Red Mills/ FFK Open Unraced stake.
The Irish Greyhound Board has delivered on its promise to substantially increase the prize-money grants by announcing that they will rise by 25pc from October 1.
The Sporting Press Irish Oaks has been over-subscribed and there will be 66 runners in the first round on Thursday.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby semi-finals served up the classic mix of surprises and fast times on Saturday and Good News has now shot to the top of the betting on the final.
The defection of the injured Clares Rocket has robbed the BoyleSports Irish Derby of the biggest drawing card but the 11 remaining contenders should provide thrills aplenty in the semi-finals at Shelbourne Park.
The shock news yesterday evening was that Clonbrien Hero, winner of the Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park in late July, has tested positive for cocaine.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby took on a totally new complexion yesterday with the news that the ante-post favourite Clares Rocket had been withdrawn.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby picture took on a new complexion on Saturday night at Shelbourne when Clares Rocket suffered his first defeat in the quarter-final heats and then a truly devilish draw threw most of the fancied contenders into opposition in next weekend's second semi-final.
The battle for the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Derby crown resumes at Shelbourne Park tonight with just 24 dogs still in contention and with Ireland's top-rated tracker Clares Rocket still dominating the betting lists on the classic.
With just 24 greyhounds remaining in the Classic, Clares Rocket is still the strong favourite to win the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne.
Clares Rocket remains the clear 2/1 favourite for the BoyleSports Irish Derby but kennel companion Sonic is now a much closer 4/1 second favourite following a terrific third-round session of the classic at Shelbourne on Saturday.
Greyhound followers are in for a real treat at Shelbourne Park this evening with no fewer than 13 races of the highest class.
Newbridge again takes centre stage tonight when the second round of the Texacloth Juvenile Trophy will help to unravel the pecking order among the younger generation of trackers.
There was a second withdrawal yesterday from the BoyleSports Irish Derby with the defection of Cable Bay from Saturday's third round.
There was a major surprise yesterday when English challenger Dorotas Wildcat was withdrawn from next weekend's BoyleSports Irish Derby third round.
Sonic treated racegoers to a superb performance when overcoming early problems to grab a last gasp victory at Shelbourne on Thursday while many of the top stars will swing into action in the remaining BoyleSports Irish Derby second round heats this evening.
The race for the puppy championship picks up pace this evening when the long-established Texacloth Juvenile Derby commences at Newbridge.
After the comfort of five dogs qualifying from most first-round heats last week, the BoyleSports Irish Derby adopts a tougher line when the second round of the Classic commences at Shelbourne Park this evening.
Favourite backers had the better of the argument over the opening two nights of the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne and the outright market remains remarkably similar to how it was prior to the commencement of the Classic.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby got off to a sensational start at Shelbourne Park on Thursday when kennel companions Sonic and Clares Rocket went within a few spots of the track record time of 29.10.
A hectic month at Shelbourne Park will get under way this evening with the opening session of the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Derby.
The final number of entries for the BoyleSports Irish Derby came to 126 yesterday but a shock absentee was English Derby runner-up Tyrur Shay.
With entries closing after racing at Shelbourne Park tonight, the anticipation is that there will be about 120 runners in the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Derby.
With three of the remaining 12 dogs under his charge, including the favourite Heisman, Carrickmacross trainer Laurence Jones is in the driving seat in advance of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup semi-finals at Dundalk tonight.
As the entries for the BoyleSports Irish Derby were coming in thick and fast yesterday the shock news broke that leading fancy Priceless Brandy has been withdrawn from the classic which commences at Shelbourne on Thursday next.
Paul Hennessy claimed a fifth success in the BoyleSports Champion Stakes at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night, and now Jaytee Yankee has become a leading fancy for the BoyleSports Irish Derby, which starts on Thursday week.
On a hectic day for sport in Dublin, a huge crowd will throng Shelbourne Park this evening for a high-class card which features the final of the BoyleSports Champion Stakes.
The Larry O'Shea-owned Whoops Jack has emerged as the new track sensation at Shelbourne following two remarkable runs over the past two weekends.
Since the Champion Stakes was first run in 1986, only three of the winners have managed to go on to Irish Derby success in the same year. Can that record be improved upon this year?
It's another very busy Friday at the tracks with the final of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn bringing out the staying stars at Shelbourne while the top sprinters will be contesting the second round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk.
Jaytee Jet, winner of the Dundalk International on his last appearance, headlines the BoyleSports Champion Stakes which commences at Shelbourne Park on Saturday.
The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) yesterday confirmed the appointment of Ger Dollard as its new Chief Executive Officer.
For the second year running and the fourth time in all, trainer Graham Holland won the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday, when Clonbrien Hero gave a tremendous exhibition of pace and tracking sense to claim the €30,000 prize for Limerick owners Jim and Kay Murphy.
It has been a memorable few weeks for Carlow sporting followers with the unprecedented run of success enjoyed by the county's footballers in the All-Ireland series.
There is classic action on two fronts this evening with the semi -finals of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Shelbourne Park while the opening eight heats of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup will be run at Dundalk.
Clares Rocket will make his first public appearance since his English Derby third when he has a trial spin around Shelbourne Park this evening.
Near neighbours Paul Hennessy and Tom Buggy provided the two semi-final winners in the Irish Independent Irish Laurels semi-finals at Curraheen Park on Saturday.
Clonbrien Hero remains at the top of the market for the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park and he can confirm that position by winning the opening heat this evening.
Despite being beaten twice in the classic, Clonbrien Hero remains the favourite for the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park as we approach Saturday's semi-finals.
For the first time in a few years there will be a real Anglo-Irish flavour to the Racing Post International at Dundalk Stadium this evening.
Favourites didn't fare well in the quarter-finals of the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday night with the market leaders turned over in three of the four heats.
A year ago Skywalker Manner raced to glory in the Irish Independent Irish Laurels, and he can move a step closer towards retaining the title when he contests the second quarter-final at Curraheen Park this evening.
Paul Young's Bubbly Bluebird has been made the 2/1 favourite by BoyleSports for the Racing Post Dundalk International to be run next Wednesday. Bubbly Bluebird had the slow-starting Droopys Wilbury behind him when winning the Anglo Irish Invitation at Towcester.
The draw will be made at noon today for the traditional Dundalk International which has been providing intriguing clashes between the stars of Ireland and the UK since it was first run back in 1968.
Seamus Cahill learned the greyhound trade at an early age but his career reached its zenith on Saturday when Astute Missile raced into the history books as the longest-priced winner ever of the English Greyhound Derby.
There will be a huge Irish presence at Towcester track this evening to support our runners in the final of the Star Sports English Derby.
There had been a widespread fear that the lengthy closure of Shelbourne Park would have a lasting effect on the supply of greyhounds and also the crowds.
Despite being beaten in the first round, the Graham Holland trained Clonbrien Hero remains the 7/1 favourite to win the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park.
Clares Rocket and Tyrur Shay maintained their domination of the English Derby when they claimed the first two places in Saturday's second semi-final of the Classic at Towcester.
By virtue of Ireland's four survivors being all drawn together in the second semi-final it at least guarantees that we will have one qualifier for next week's final of the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester.
Having broken the track record last week when winning his second-round heat in the Wallace/ Murray Longford Derby, Badminton Ciaran has subsequently been sold to PJ Fahy and will not contest the third semi-final this evening.
Seven Irish challengers stood their ground after a night of drama and shocks in the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester on Saturday night.
There was a widespread welcome through the Irish greyhound industry yesterday for the news that the Harold's Cross/Shelbourne Park impasse has been resolved and that racing will resume on Tuesday night.
Irish-trained greyhounds continue to dominate the betting on the Star Sports English Derby - they occupy six of the top ten places in the betting in advance of Saturday's quarter-finals at Towcester.
Greyhound racing in Dublin will resume at Shelbourne Park on Tuesday night following a vote conducted among the members of the Dublin Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association in Crumlin last night.