Monday 18 December 2017

Dunne Memorial to get new format

Initially, the Joe Dunne Memorial was a popular competition for the younger greyhounds. (stock photo)
Initially, the Joe Dunne Memorial was a popular competition for the younger greyhounds. (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The Joe Dunne Memorial Juvenile Derby will not start on Saturday night and instead sponsors Michael and John Dunne will support another valuable sweepstake later in the year.

Initially, the Joe Dunne Memorial was a popular competition for the younger greyhounds. Last year's final produced one of the greatest juvenile races of recent times, with Oaks winner Witches Belle, Select Stakes winner Riverside Oscar, Kirby Memorial and English Derby runner-up Droopys Roddick and Produce Stakes and Champion Stakes winner Clares Rocket filling the first four places.

However, it has struggled to fill in the past few years and last year had to be run as a 12-dog event.

The €7,500-to-the-winner event attracted only 16 entries up to Tuesday's deadline and just three of them are ranked in top open class.

Meanwhile, Paul Hennessy's English Derby winner Jaytee Jet, which performed a 28.58 solo trial last weekend, is due to have another spin on Saturday.

Fastest trial last Saturday was the 28.36 from Vancouver Shea, while Coolavanny Mason went around in 28.38 and Native Chimes clocked 28.43.

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