Friday 6 December 2019

New competitions ahead of derby for puppies

The ECC Timber Champion Puppy 525 at Shelbourne park will carry a winner's prize of €6,000
The ECC Timber Champion Puppy 525 at Shelbourne park will carry a winner's prize of €6,000

Michael Fortune

Leading greyhound breeder and owner PJ Fahy is also a major sponsor of greyhound racing in both Ireland and the UK and he has agreed to support three valuable competitions, two of which will cater for puppies.

First up, in the middle of next month, will be the ECC Timber Champion Puppy 525 at Shelbourne Park which will be for 24 dogs whelped in June, 2012 or later.

It will carry a winner's prize of €6,000 and will be confined to greyhounds that have not raced more than three races. Unraced dogs will be eligible. The first round will be run on Thursday, May 15 with the final on Saturday, May 31.

It will be followed in June and July by the ECC Timber Open Puppy 550, which will be for 24 pups whelped in June '12 or later. It will also have a winner's prize of €6,000 and will be run between Saturday, June 28 and Saturday, July 12.

These two events provide ideal progression for young pups in advance of the Derby as they will ensure the dogs are running against their own age category and can gain invaluable racing experience. The second competition will be over the Derby trip of 550 yards.

Though not yet confirmed, it is likely there will also be a bonus on offer if the winner of the Champion Puppy goes on to win the Open Puppy 550.

The third competition is the ECC Timber Open Bitch Stake which will be run at Galway from July 7-30, concluding on the Wednesday night of Race Week.

Full details of this event will be released later.

Out of luck

Peter Cronin's All About Ya was out of luck when contesting the final of the Arc at Swindon on Wednesday.

Normally a very good early paced performer, he was very slowly away and never got in a blow in a race which was won by the dog that he beat him in the semi-finals, King Dec.

Seven meetings

Good Friday was traditionally a closed day for all horse and greyhound racing, but nowadays it is a busy one on the greyhound front and there will be seven meetings tonight, with full catering and bar facilities at all venues. Gates open at 6.30 and close at 11.0.

There is an interesting novice 750 on the Harold's Cross card and it would be no surprise if a few of the runners proved to be worthy contenders for the forthcoming Gain Corn Cuchulainn.

Fraser Black's Tarbrook Thunder (8.40) and Townspark Tucker could be very useful over the trip and they can finish in that order, while Elite Taylor might not be too far back.

Paul Kennick's Cashon Shiraz (9.25) is another that could assist with the Easter expenses.

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