Gain 600 deferred as Turf TV spreads word
The Gain 600, which was due to start on Saturday night, has been postponed, and the first round will now be run at Shelbourne Park on Saturday week.
Thanks to a number of late entries received, there were more than 24 names in the book at yesterday's scheduled closing time, but staging the first round on Saturday would have meant that the final would be run on June 20, which is the date for the final of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks.
So it was decided to put it back by a week and the final will now be run on Saturday, June 27. As a result, entries will be taken up to next Tuesday morning and the stake can be run for 36 dogs if necessary.
Among the late entries yesterday were Deanridge Pennys, Ballymac Matt, Vulturi and Joyful Dribbler. But reigning champion Greenwell Hulk will surely still top the betting for what promises to be a most informative competition.
Turf TV boost
Meanwhile, Irish greyhound racing is to be shown live in betting shops throughout Ireland and the UK for an initial 12-week trial period starting on September 1.
This is a joint venture between the Irish Greyhound Board and Turf TV and the racing will be beamed from Curraheen Park, Youghal and Mullingar on three nights per week for the duration of the trial period and, hopefully, long into the future.
Turf TV is a subscription channel which distributes quality horse racing to over 10,000 licensed betting offices in the UK and Ireland.
Their sales director Michael Conlon said: "Over the last three months we have worked extremely hard with the IGB and our customers to create a consistent and reliable betting product from Irish greyhound racing.
"We are very excited about working together to grow Irish greyhound racing both in our core domestic market and internationally, and we are very confident that it will be a prestigious and attractive additional offering for our customers."
John Boyle of BoyleSports and Paddy Power of Paddy Power both warmly welcomed the development, which will greatly enhance the range of live content they can offer their evening-time customers.
The first of the meetings will be at Curraheen on Tuesday, September 1.
The heats of the ECC Timber 525 provide a huge boost to the quality of the card at Shelbourne this evening and the fourth heat stands out as a real highlight.
It consists of six top class youngsters with Tyrur Van Gaal (10.28), owned by event sponsor PJ Fahy, the Owen McKenna-trained Offshore Bound and Barney Mooney and Martin White's purchase Chapel Gate sure to be the market principals.
The other likely heat winners are Jumeirah Aldo (9.43), Tyrur McDonald (9.58) and Flawless Spirit (10.13).