Friday 20 April 2018

New boss Larkin targets business growth

Greyhounds
Greyhounds
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Limerick resident Geraldine Larkin has been appointed chief executive of the Irish Greyhound Board. She takes over from Adrian Neilan, who stepped down back in January.

Larkin breaks new ground as she will be the first female holder of the position.

"The role is a very exciting one at this stage of the development of the greyhound industry which has been making significant progress on all fronts since it was first founded on a statutory basis in 1958," said Larkin.

The new CEO added that she saw the recently published Fiv-e-Year Business Strategy as being a road map for future business success, especially with regard to international opportunities.

Larkin went on to say that she was also mindful of the current business challenges where IGB are competing for discretionary spending in the entertainment sector.

She appreciates that sustainable breeding levels and the availability of world-class greyhounds are also of critical importance to the future of the industry.

As chief executive of the Private Security Authority – which she established – since 2005, she has successfully introduced regulation to that industry.

Her background is in the civil service where she has experience in key posts in the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. She holds a degree in public administration and a Master's in business administration from the Open University.

BEST BETS

There are a number of minor graded finals on tonight's Shelbourne card and they throw up a few likely looking winners.

First up will be Pat and Paul Cushen's Raheen Rondo (9.00) in the final of the A3 600 and his strong finish might again be just too much for these rivals.

The Marie Gilbert-trained Ten Four (9.15) impressed last week when leading home Paradise Malaga and may repeat the effort in the final of the A2 525.

The other which looks good is Karol Ramsbottom's Garryglass Lulu (10.00) in the final of the A2 Dual Distance. She got up late to win last week in 28.94 and the extra yardage tonight should be even more in her favour.

COX CUP

The Cox Cup is the main event of the year at Newbridge but news from the track is that the start of the event has been delayed by a week and the first round will now be run tomorrow week. It will be run for 24 dogs.

Elsewhere, the Sporting Press Irish Oaks will commence on Saturday week at Shelbourne and entries for the classic will close next Tuesday.

It will be for 72 bitches and there will be a winner's prize of €25,000.

Irish Independent

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