Sport Greyhounds

Sunday 19 November 2017

Impasse in Harold's Cross disposal talks

Kiss And Hug is the 4/1 favourite for Saturday’s semi-finals of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne Park (stock photo)
Kiss And Hug is the 4/1 favourite for Saturday’s semi-finals of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne Park (stock photo)

Further talks are possible after a meeting yesterday between the Irish Greyhound Board and the Dublin GOBA failed to settle the impasse over the question of the disposal of Harold's Cross track.

The two parties met yesterday but the meeting broke up after almost two hours of talking without any agreement being reached.

The GOBA representatives sought an assurance that racing would continue to the end of December 2017 but the IGB team stated they could not give such an assurance.

Meanwhile, Kiss And Hug, the surprise packet of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup, is the 4/1 favourite in advance of Saturday's semi-finals at Shelbourne Park.

One of three runners for trainer Graham Holland in the first heat, Kiss And Hug has won his two heats in 28.27 and 28.14 and he will meet the competition second favourite Droopys Punk in a hot qualifier.

Good News and Jaytee Jet are priced at 9/2 by BoyleSports, who have Proud Graham at 5/1 followed by Burgess Popeye at 7/1, Droopys Punk at 8/1 and Farloe Joey at 9/1. They then go 25/1 bar this quintet.

There is plenty of variety on tonight's Shelbourne card with the ten races providing racing over four different distances.

Banker of the night is Ronnie Craven's Lolos Lastrolo (8.28), which has been noted running on strongly at the business end of his recent 525 yard contests. It is a big step up to the 750 yards this evening but he should be well up to the task.

The Jacqui McCann-trained Kerrydale Bertie (9.28) is a member of a useful litter and he ran on promisingly last week behind Clares Angel. An inside draw this time should be just about ideal and he is nominated to lead home Blastoff Sanchez.

PJ Fahy is enjoying a good run and Tyrur Trevor (10.13) can open his account in the concluding 525.

He has failed to finish in the placings in his five races to date but he looks an inside runner and a trap two draw should bring the best out of him this time.

The valuable GMHD Juvenile Classic will begin next week at Tralee and entries will close on Tuesday. Trials will be available for Classic entries tomorrow.

There are two Irish-trained runners in the draw for the Golden Jacket which commences at Crayford on Saturday evening.

Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Allstar goes in Heat 4 while Paul Hennessy's Jaytee Patriot is due to contest Heat 5.

Jaytee Patriot is the 6/1 favourite with Ladbrokes.

Irish Independent

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