Sunday 17 December 2017

IGB search for new CEO as Neilan term ends


ADRIAN NEILAN steps down as chief executive of the Irish Greyhound Board today after seven years at the helm.

Neilan has completed the statutory seven-year term which applies to the CEOs of semi-state bodies and it is expected that an interim CEO will be named inside the next few days.

The process of appointing the new chief will commence immediately, with the advertising and interviewing process likely to take a number of months.

It is hoped that the new man will be in position in mid-summer.

Neilan is set to take up a position outside the greyhound industry.

Best bets

There is a 12-race all-graded programme at Harold's Cross this evening when a few make appeal. First of these is the Laurence Jones trained Cherrypark Gem (8.15) in an S3/4 contest.

This fellow has a dozen victories to his credit and his good second behind Maximus Tango at Shelbourne last time highlights his prospects here.

Next up is the Tommy Bolton trained Farran Frankie (8.45), which has been noted staying strongly in both outings to date. He has shaped with real promise and should be well suited by the step-up to 550 yards here.

The other which makes appeal is the Alan Nulty handled Star Shine Pipa (9.30), which was a winner last time when pipping the promising Daylens Rockstar and remains in the same A3 grade.

Kilkenny's first

Kilkenny stages its first meeting of the year with a 10- race card. The best bet may be reserved for the concluding A3, where John O'Flynn's Natureofthetrade (9.48) looks very well treated, considering it is not long since she was competing in open company.

By the way, the traditional McCalmont Cup will have a new sponsor this year with Michael and John Dunne stepping in to support the A1/2 competition under the Frightful Flash banner. It will be for 48 dogs with a winner's prize of €5,000 and starts in mid-March.

Boyle's purchase

John Boyle, who has one of the leading track prospects heading into 2014 in the shape of Boylesports Hero, has moved into the market again by buying into Corn na Feile winner Needham Danger, which is the current favourite for the Boylesports Derby at Clonmel.

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