Thirty-two years ago the Champion Stakes was run for the first time and in all that time no greyhound has managed to win the prestigious event on two occasions. Tonight at Shelbourne Park Jaytee Yankee will bid to bring that sequence to an end in the BoyleSports decider.
The Paul Hennessy-trained tracker has been off the track with injury problems since mid-February and he only returned in last week’s semi-final. He even surprised his trainer with a brilliant return when posting the fastest time of the semi-finals.
He raced from the inside box last week when stopping the clock in 29.50 which was two lengths faster than either of the other semis. But can he overcome a tricky trap-four draw in this decider with €20,000 on offer for the winner?
Another which recently returned from a lay-off is Frisky Luck and he, too, has come back in flying form. Trained by veteran handler Gerry Melia, Frisky Luck flew from traps last week and held off Ballydoyle Flash by three parts of a length.
Ballydoyle is one of three finalists for Graham Holland, the others being Clonbrien Hero and Clonbrien Prince.
The line-up is completed by the Murt Leahy-trained Ballybough Dad which is ideally housed in six. But the vote goes to Frisky Luck (9.57) to lead home Jaytee Yankee and Clonbrien Hero.