€30k windfall for Produce Stakes winner
Bank of Ireland Finance are the new sponsors of the National Produce Stakes classic at Clonmel and it will be the richest ever running of the 525-yards event, with a total prize fund of €60,000.
Details of the BIF National Produce Stakes were revealed yesterday and the winner of the 72-dog event will earn a fabulous prize of €30,000, with the runner-up collecting €8,000 and the third €4,000.
The unplaced finalists will each collect €2,000. The entry fee will be €60.
The motor industry will be closely tied in with the sponsorship and it will allow 14 franchises and their 400 dealers exclusive access to Clonmel Stadium for 2014 and, in particular, during the Produce Stakes, which will run from May 8 to June 8.
All the races can be followed through Live Streaming, which starts on May 1, on www.igb.ie at Clonmel.
Eddie Anderson, racing manager at Clonmel, welcomed BIF on board.
"It is terrific to see a new sponsor coming on board and we are very excited down here," he said.
"Coming two weeks after the Kirby Memorial we hope to get a huge number of dogs that competed in the Limerick event."
This is a big week for Irish- trained greyhounds across the water.
This evening at Swindon (8.19) the Peter Cronin-trained All About Ya contests the semi-final of the Pin Point Arc over 480 metres, and the Willie Rigney-trained dog looks to be ideally housed in the inside box.
Cronin and fellow Irish trainer Pat Buckley will be chasing glory in the Scottish Derby at Shawfield on Saturday.
Cronin has the Larry O'Shea-owned Metro Jack going from the inside box, while Buckley's Mind The Net, jointly owned by Spanish patron Javier Jarne and Mike Davis, will wear the orange jacket.
Both have leading prospects and, while I would marginally prefer Mind The Net at 3/1, Metro Jack makes huge each way appeal at 6/1.
The race will be shown live at 9.15 on Saturday on RPGTV (Sky 212).
Tonight's Shelbourne meeting received a nice boost when the Pick 4 Jackpot was not won last weekend, so the pool is a guaranteed €3,000.
The €10 fee at the turnstiles will also entitle racegoers to a racecard, €5 Tote betting voucher and a €5 Bookmaker voucher.
The Irish Greyhound Board has announced that the samples taken from all the finalists in the GMHD Juvenile Classic at Tralee have tested negative.
Mullingar will be staging their traditional fun day in conjunction with the final of the Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch on Sunday. Treats for the kids will include free goodie bags, face-painting, pony rides and balloon modelling.
Gates will open at 4.0 and the first race on the high-class card will go off at 6.0.