Let's Get Racing looks a ready-made winner
The Irish Greyhound Board launched its Let's Get Racing 2016 this week and it is hoped that the new scheme will provide a big surge in the demand for pups among new owners.
Let's Go Racing will initially involve a sale of unraced greyhounds at Shelbourne Park on Friday, August 19. All greyhounds purchased at the sale will be eligible for entry in a series of Unraced Sweepstakes at Shelbourne in September.
The top 24 dogs on the clock will be eligible for Stake A, which will have a total prize-fund of €21,100 and a winner's prize of €10,000. The next 24 fastest will contest Stake B, which will have a fund of €8,800, of which the winner will receive €4,000. If there are enough runners for Stake C it will have a fund of €4,730, with the winner collecting €2,000.
There will be separate prizes in each competition for the top-placed bitch and the fastest bitch.
The scheme is being sponsored by Red Mills, Newpark Stud, Droopys Stud and www.FFKSires.com. It is hoped that it will attract new owners.
It will be the bitches' night of the year at Shelbourne on Saturday, with the final of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks. Following the surprise exit of Ballydoyle Honey in the semi-finals the mantle of favouritism has passed over to her kennel companion Sidarian Pearl, bidding to become the fourth bitch since Dalcash Dvinsky in 2010 to complete the Puppy Oaks and Irish Oaks double.
Latest betting lists on the classic final have Sidarian Pearl the 10/11 favourite with Holycross Leah at 7/2.
English Derby hero Jaytee Jet will be back on the road this weekend as he will be paraded at the three south-eastern tracks where he began his racing, where he was trained and where he was whelped.
Tonight Jaytee Jet will be paraded at Enniscorthy where Paul Hennessy bought him during last year's Superior Product @ Stud Unraced and he is sure to get a terrific reception.
Then tomorrow he will travel the few miles to Hennessy's local track Kilkenny and the local hero should attract the crowds to the track.
He will then round off his weekend travels on Saturday when he will return to his home county of Waterford.
He was bred by Bill and Tina Finn in Portlaw and had his initial trial around the track.
Nick Costigan's Nickys Assassin (8.43) has been mixing it with modest success against the top sprinters and he can be rewarded by victory in the S1/2 fourth race at Shelbourne this evening.
Fraser Black has been running a few nice pups lately and Droopys Vermont (10.28) can be a winner of the finale, where the strong finisher will be suited by the 575-yard trip.