Dubs' special night out at Shelbourne Park
The All-Ireland-winning Dublin footballers will be taking over Shelbourne Park for a special fundraising night on Friday, November 20.
It will be a night of celebration with the Sam Maguire as well as the Leinster and National League trophies on display. All funds raised on the night will go directly to the players' holiday fund.
The Friday night schedule of racing was not due to commence until November 27 but this is a new race night that will be limited to those who buy tickets for the occasion.
There will be two types of tickets for the night with 800 corporate guests being catered for upstairs in the restaurant, suites and pavilion areas. General admission to the ground floor will be subject to the purchase of €20 admission tickets from the IGB call centre. The programme on the night will consist of 11 races with the first race going off at 7.45pm and gates will open from 5.30pm.
As a result of this extra meeting, there will be no racing at Shelbourne on Wednesday, November 18.
There is a special meeting at Waterford this evening being organised by the WIT Students' Union in association with BEAT FM 102-103. It is the second such annual meeting and a very large crowd is anticipated. Racing kicks off at 7.50pm. Due to tonight's meeting there will be no racing at Kilcohan Park on Friday night
Meanwhile, Maureen Finnegan's Nushkas Top Gal (9.15) is put forward as the bet of the meeting at Shelbourne this evening.
This lassie was two lengths too good for the well-fancied Alluring last week and can confirm that form in this A3/4 final.
Another worth supporting at the Ringsend venue this evening is the John McGee-trained Cumann Star (8.45) which has shown terrific early pace in previous outings and, while not the strongest stayer, should be capable of staying in front of these rivals.
Last year Pat Buckley won the Future Champion Unraced Stake at Enniscorthy with Beaming Bucko and he goes into this year's final next Monday night with the two favourites following a brilliant kennel double in the semi-finals on Monday.
The unbeaten John Proctor owned Droopys Roddick is the higher profile of his two runners and he overcame early crowding to win the first semi where he took it up on the final bend and drew away for a five-length victory margin over Haliska Rubra in 28.95.
The other semi-final went to Droopys Nine which led from the opening bend when beating Clubber Lang by six-and-a-half lengths in 29.11 with Mulrankin Jack third.