Sport Greyhounds

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Indecon Report sheds light on IGB's future

Photo: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE
Photo: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

While the recommendation for the sale of Harold's Cross was the main talking point yesterday, there were many other interesting and controversial aspects to the Indecon Report published on Monday.

One of these was a recommendation for an increase in the number of members on the Irish Greyhound Board.

It is currently made up of a chairman and six others. The recommendation is that this be increased to nine members who would include a senior legal professional and an expert in marketing.

It is the Government, through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, which decides on the composition of the board.

This has led to accusations about political appointments over the years and Indecon recommends that the minister should also appoint the members of the totally independent control committee.

There are contrasting views on the proposed sale of Harold's Cross.

It is in the top three as far as revenue generation is concerned and its main crime, it would appear, is to be situated in the same city as Shelbourne Park.

The status of the track was hardly helped by the rather strange decision to appoint its sales and operation manager, Philip Peake, as manager of Newbridge. Both tracks race on the same night.

There are a lot of sensible points contained in the 92-page report and hopefully it will be addressed by the IGB as requested. I am also glad to see that the sale of assets has been given a three-year period.

One would anticipate that some of the sites would be much more valuable three years from now than they are currently.

Galway entries

There is an urgent appeal from Galway for entries into the €10,000 ECC Timber Champion Bitch 550 which is due to commence on Friday.

The event is for 36 bitches but up to lunchtime yesterday just 35 entries had been received.

One would have thought there would be no scarcity of runners for such a valuable competition with the Oaks now over and many bitches going the Derby route.

Chap now Chappie

Yesterday we reported on the flying run from Beaming Chap in the Surehaul Unraced Stake at Clonmel on Sunday.

Well, word has reached us that the dog has been bought by Pat Buckley on behalf of well-known UK owner Len Ponder and he will in future be known as Lenson Chappie.

The dog will continue in the Clonmel event and will then be aimed at the Puppy Derby at Harold's Cross.

TV racing

One of the best meetings of the year in the UK will be shown live on Sky Sports 4 tonight at 7.30.

The card features the finals of the £25,000 William Hill Classic and the £15,000 Grand Prix final will be the features and they go off at 9.19 and 9.04 respectively.

Pinpoint Maxi and Bubbly Gold are the hot favourites for the finals.

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