Monday 18 December 2017

Harold's Cross dispute takes another twist

'On the track the Pat Hogan-owned Aulton Jet won another top sprint competition when landing the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint final at Curraheen Park on Saturday' (stock photo)
'On the track the Pat Hogan-owned Aulton Jet won another top sprint competition when landing the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint final at Curraheen Park on Saturday' (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

There was again no live racing at Shelbourne Park over the weekend, and it is now a week and a half since there was action at the venue due to the DGOBA protests following the closure of Harold's Cross.

The matter took a new twist over the weekend when a meeting of all regular Harold's Cross owners and trainers was called for the Maldron Hotel at Newlands Cross this evening at 8.0.

Harold's Cross racing manager Derek Frehill and control steward John Nolan have called the meeting.

They stress that they are acting "totally independently of the Irish Greyhound Board and we are simply facilitating a number of owners and trainers who made contact and expressed the desire to hold a meeting to discuss the matter".

Frehill confirmed that the DGOBA has been invited to attend, but in a separate statement Alan Redmond, PRO of the DGOBA has called for the meeting to be cancelled and has confirmed that picketing will again take place at Shelbourne on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Meanwhile, on the track the Pat Hogan-owned Aulton Jet won another top sprint competition when landing the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint final at Curraheen Park on Saturday.

He led all the way and won by three parts of a length from Kilmoney Nala in 17.48sec. Ashgrove Shaw was a four-length third.

The final of the Red Mills/TSC Champion Bitch Stake at Thurles was won by JJ Dunne's Emers Twirl as she justified favouritism with an all-the-way victory over Borna Heidi in 28.97sec. Mountaylor Queen was six lengths third.

Entries for the Kirby Memorial close at Limerick today and the list had grown to almost 90 by the end of racing on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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