Wednesday 22 November 2017

Delegation ups ante over closed tracks

Currently, there is no legislation prohibiting the exports of greyhounds. Photo: Stock image
Currently, there is no legislation prohibiting the exports of greyhounds. Photo: Stock image
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

After the Portlaoise meeting of trainers and owners, a delegation will now meet with the Dublin GOBA to discuss the impasse which has led to no greyhound racing in the capital since late February.

Following the proposed meeting, the four-strong delegation will then report back to another gathering of the trainers and owners next Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, details were announced yesterday for the 2017 Irish Independent Irish Laurels which will commence at Curraheen Park on June 24 with the final to be run on July 22.

The 525 yards classic will have a winner's prize of €30,000 out of a prize fund of €60,000 and there will also be a special Top Bitch prize of €3,000.

Elsewhere, a top-class entry was received for the Kerry GAA Supporters Race of Champions which will commence at Tralee tomorrow.

The two-run 550 yards event will carry a winner's prize of €15,000 and among the favourites will be Good News, Bentekes Bocko, Native Chimes and Vivaro Swift.

There have been no reported injury problems with any of the 26 surviving Irish-trained challengers for the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester.

Graham Holland's Clares Rocket is now back in to 8/1 favourite in most lists following his record-breaking run at the weekend and the trainer reports him to be in great form.

He has a nice draw in Heat 7 tomorrow and will go off a very short-priced favourite to advance.

Irish Independent

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