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Enniscorthy banking on support meeting to keep wolf from door


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plans are well advanced for a major support meeting to be staged in Enniscorthy on Sunday, September 27.

Some great champions have emerged from the Wexford track over the years and the trend has continued in recent times with recruits from their regular unraced events going on to great things.

Such names as Monalee Champion, Monalee Pride, Tain Mor, Cooladine Super, Shifting Shadow, Palms Printer and Scurlogue Champ are readily associated with the circuit but, like all private tracks these days, Enniscorthy is fighting a major battle for survival.

Apart from the Bord na gCon operating grant and prize-money contributions, private tracks depend on an amount of local support and goodwill.

Hence the decision to stage this support meeting, and it is hoped that the funds raised will assist the track in paying its debts and perhaps even allow for some improvements to be carried out.

Paddy Ryan, the former racing and general manager at Shelbourne, is one of the driving forces behind the big meeting and he reports that they have received sponsorship for a number of races as well as prizes for the raffle.

They are running a €20 'buster draw' with a winner's prize of €1,000 and the night will feature some top-class racing plus other attractions such as a Donkey Derby.

"The survival of tracks like Enniscorthy is vital to the future of the industry and we are looking to the greyhound folk to throw their weight behind this venture," said Ryan.

All assistance would be welcome.

Meanwhile, Michael O'Donovan's Skywalker Leaf (9.0) has a little to find on the clock in the A3 final but he ran last week like a dog that would benefit from a run around the track and he showed impressive pace then. He can win at Shelbourne this evening from Stage Zippy and Cabra Ash.

Another worth noting is the Graham Holland-trained Going To Work (9.30), which was only caught in the final yards of a 550 contest by Two Bens last week, and can reverse the result over the shorter 525 this evening.

Meanwhile, entries for the Dublin Coach Puppy Derby are beginning to roll in at Harolds Cross. Entries close on Monday.

Irish Independent