Kingdom Cup now a three-day meeting

THE Kingdom Cup is to be a three-day meeting, the wind-up being extended to Friday, December 28.

This is because of a massive entry for the Derby trial stake, which now accommodates 64 greyhounds. On the opening day, December 26, one round of the Oaks trial stake will support the action in the Derby trial stake and, judging by reports from Ballybeggan Park, the hares there are running like stags. Mind you, County Kerry Coursing Club has been running a great Christmas meeting for a long time now and fare of the usual high order can be expected on December 26, 27 and 28.

KEVIN Gleeson, of Lixnaw, was the doggy personality profiled in the Sporting Press last week and his opinion about a rule worth changing in coursing is worth reproducing here. That opinion goes as follows: "The imaginary line in the case of a straight course is good. However, different judges interpret it different ways and we need them all singing from the same hymn sheet." Absolutely.

THERE will be three successive nights of racing at Tralee Track the week before Christmas, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 20, 21 and 22, and there will be a return to action on Saturday, December 29.