Champagne for Collins

AN interesting story concerns Melodys Gold, which ran in Tralee's juvenile classic and which was sold by his owner, Paddy Collins, of Ballylongford, to the English-based Champagne Club for £35,000.

Re-named Bubbly Gold, 100 shares in him are being sold for £450, which brings in a total of £45,000 for the Champagne Club. Mind you, all training and veterinary expenses will be covered for the duration of his career, which is a nice sweetener for those interested in taking a share in the dog.

Bubbly Gold, currently with trainer Declan Byrne, ran in the first round of the €80,000-to-the-winner Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Sweepstake at Limerick Track last Saturday night and he scored a magnificent victory in 28.54.

After the Kirby event, he will join English trainer, Paul Young, and run in the Sussex Cup (515 metres) at Hove. He will then be brought back to Ireland for a tilt at the Irish Derby. The Champagne Club is 25 years old and it will be very, very interesting to see how Bubbly Gold fares for his 100 owners. After Saturday night, the shares are looking good value, are they not?


THERE was an early start to the programme at Tralee Track last Friday night (first race, 7.43pm) and, apparently, this is part of a plan by the Irish Greyhound Board to beam live racing into betting shops worldwide.

"A dry run is taking place for a month at all greyhound stadiums in this country," said Declan Dowling, Sales and Operations Manager at the Oakview venue. "In relation to the earlier start, I would like to warmly thank all the greyhound owners for their cooperation."

* IT was great to see Tralee's juvenile classic winner, Vans Viking, run away with his heat in the Kirby sweepstake at Limerick last Saturday night and another tremendous victory in the event was recorded by the Lixnaw-owned Green Prince, which is trained by Liam Dowling. Some elevation this by Green Prince from his victory in A3 class on the night of the juvenile classic 15 nights previously!