Monday 18 December 2017

Murray to be inducted into Greyhound Hall of Fame

Francie Murray, a leading trainer for more than 40 years, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Shelbourne Park on Saturday, February 11.
Francie Murray, a leading trainer for more than 40 years, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Shelbourne Park on Saturday, February 11.
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Francie Murray, a leading trainer for more than 40 years, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Shelbourne Park on Saturday, February 11.

As a relatively new licence holder back in 1977, Murray failed by just a short head to win the Irish Derby with Brush Tim but he has won most of the other top prizes on the Irish calendar, while also winning the Scottish Derby and Edinburgh Cup across the water.

Jim Russell, a long- time owner, will receive the Special Merit award.

Meanwhile, Clonmel's build-up to their Festival continues with a series of semi-finals tonight.

One for punters to note is the Tom Burke and John Byrne-owned Tibet (9.49) which is unbeaten in four runs and can lead home Newinn Tesse in the first heat of the Bitch Stake.

The other heat can resolve into a match between Pat Buckley's Killinan rosie (10.04) and Haughty Annie.

Iceroad Hi-way is a very consistent racer around Harold's Cross and looks set to enhance Tommy Bolton's fine strike rate at the track (10.10).

Irish Independent

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