Kirby prize fund hits €180,000
Final details for the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake at Limerick were confirmed yesterday and the total prize fund will amount to a massive €180,000.
This will be the fifth year of the Kirby Memorial which is sponsored by JP and Noreen McManus and the winner will collect a massive €80,000 cheque, by a margin the second most valuable event run in Ireland.
Liam Kennedy reports that entries are pouring in and by mid-afternoon yesterday there were already 64 names in the book, just eight short of the advertised required number. The first round will be run on Saturday week and most of the top young prospects in training will be in the field.
Likely favourites at the moment include Native Chimes, Farloe Falcon, Paradise Marco, Paradise Valdez, Drive On Tipp and Coolavanny Pet.
The Kirby Memorial is also a potential big earner for all Limerick GAA clubs with each of the 72 dogs in the draw being allocated to a GAA club. That means that in the final on Saturday, April 8, six clubs will be in line for a lovely bonus.
The winning dog will earn €10,000 for the nominated club and even the last-place finisher will earn €1,000 for a club. In addition, the winning club will also be entitled to a complimentary fundraiser at Limerick Stadium.
Meanwhile, Saturday morning racing is set to be introduced from this weekend with Tralee staging a second meeting per week for the SIS service.
Already SIS (Sports Information Services) relays three Irish meetings weekly on their exclusive streaming portfolio to UK and Irish betting shops.
The Saturday meeting will kick off at 9.11am each week and will comprise of eight races which will dovetail the existing Saturday morning meetings from Crayford and Romford.