Irish Oaks advertised for Shelbourne Park
Following the loss of two huge competitions already this year, the Irish Greyhound Board yesterday took a very positive step when advertising the Sporting Press Micro Dog Irish Oaks with a starting date in mid-May.
The Best Car Parks Gold Cup reached the semi-final stage but the remainder of the competition was cancelled due to the DGOBA protests. Then the second longest running event in the Irish greyhound calendar, the Ladbrokes Easter Cup, never even got under way.
There has been no Saturday racing at Shelbourne since Saturday, January 28 and the loss of those 11 high-class Saturday fixtures is a major loss for the entire greyhound industry. Add in the loss of all meetings at headquarters since February 23 and the severity of the current dispute over the Harold's Cross closure is quite apparent.
The Sporting Press Micro Oaks will boast a winner's prize of €25,000 and entries will close on Tuesday, May 9 with the first round heats on Saturday, May 13.
Entries for the Oaks are being accepted by Declan Carey as well as entries for other races at the track.
Meanwhile, fears that the BIF Produce Stakes might have to be put back by a week due to a lack of entries have been dispelled. The entries came rolling in yesterday morning and by early afternoon there were 54 names in the book.
The classic was advertised for 72 runners but it will go ahead as planned on Sunday next once the minimum number of entries remains at 54 or more. The draw will be made at 11am today.
Entries had also been slow to come to hand for the first running of the T.P. Weadick Life & Pensions Open 725 at Kilkenny but it also filled yesterday.
It has attracted a number of our leading stayers and the draw will be made this morning with the first round of the €2,500 event to be run on Friday. The Friday meeting at Kilkenny will be a fundraiser for the Order of Malta.
The only meeting scheduled for this evening is at Kilkenny where there is an eight-race card. The main contest will be the concluding race, the final of the Track Supporters Club A5, and here Triangle Tady (9.24) looks the one to beat.
Nick Nolan's dog ran well in the semi-finals when producing the fastest time and he has shown his ability to win from trap four.
There were six Irish entries for the RPGTV when entries closed at Shawfield yesterday and the draw was featured live on RPGTV last night. All three rounds will be shown live from the Scottish track over the next three Saturdays. Coolavanny Mason and Droopys Wilbury could well be the best of ours.