IGB unveils €700,000 industry support plan
The Irish Greyhound Board yesterday announced a series of industry supports which be aimed mainly at breeders, trainers, owners and supporters. The scheme will be worth a total of €700,000 which will be in addition to the substantial increase in prizemoney which took effect on January 1.
Geraldine Larkin, CEO of the IGB, said: "IGB is committed to improving greyhound racing so as to retain existing owners and attract new owners. We have benefited from the increased allocation in Budget 2016 and the programme of measures outlined is structured so that the maximum number of people within the industry are receiving additional supports. Greyhound racing is a fast-paced, thrilling sport and it is the objective of these measures to support industry stakeholders in exposing the sport to the widest possible audience of new owners and race goers."
The supports come under seven different headings and, briefly, these are:
• New €250,000 Breeders' Scheme whereby the breeders of each winner will receive €15 which will be worth an extra €250,000. These payments will apply to all winners whelped in Ireland and registered in the Irish Stud Book.
• New €225,000 Trainers' Support scheme which will see all trainers (public, private or owner-trained) receive €800 for every 100 dogs raced or part in excess thereof.
• €50,000 Race Ready scheme which will encourage ownership and syndication and will involve three €10,000 Sales Events at Shelbourne and Curraheen. The new competitions will be for unraced greyhounds bought at special IGB Sales and each of the events will have a winner's prize of €10,000.
• €75,000 Syndication support to attract and support Syndicates into the sport.
• €75,000 Supporters' Club Grants to assist such clubs in the promotion and development of local tracks.
• €50,000 towards development of a new Industry Training and Development programme.
• Funding of €20,000 to support Match Races between similarly graded greyhounds which will create a new spectator event at stadia.
It is a very wide-ranging approach to the problem of trying to support all factors of the industry and will be warmly welcomed within the industry.
The future of former Puppy Derby winner Quietly is in serious doubt due to a wrist injury sustained while contesting the Treaty Cup final at Limerick on Saturday.
Trainer Ian Reilly yesterday reported that his brilliant two-bender "was very sore on a wrist after his race on Saturday. We'll know more after an X-ray on Tuesday but it doesn't look good".
Quietly recently set new sprint records at Curraheen Park and Limerick but he has already been ruled out of an English Derby challenge due to the injury.