Monday 11 December 2017

No more tracks to close, pledges Meaney

Tonight’s Inter Track racing will come from Enniscorthy, with a nine-race card (stock photo)
Tonight’s Inter Track racing will come from Enniscorthy, with a nine-race card (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The sale of Harold's Cross to the Department of Education was very much the greyhound topic yesterday and it is also sure to figure in the discussions at the Committee of Public Accounts in Leinster House this morning.

The Irish Greyhound Board was scheduled some time ago to appear before the PAC today to discuss the Board's Financial Statements for 2014 and 2015.

IGB chairman Phil Meaney yesterday repeated previous assurances that "there are no plans to close any other stadium".

The general feeling in doggy circles yesterday was that racing will resume pretty shortly at Shelbourne.

The word is that the Irish Oaks will definitely go ahead at Shelbourne but may have to be delayed by a few weeks. It was due to start next week.

Meanwhile, the fall-out from Clares Rocket's shock defeat at Towcester on Tuesday was that his price for the English Derby was extended from 8/1 to 10/1, but he remains a clear favourite, with Paul Hennessy's Priceless Brandy next best in the betting at 16/1.

Despite the result,Rocket's trainer Graham Holland was delighted with the dog's running and plans to run him in another Derby Trial Stake at Towcester on Saturday week. He also intends to change his seeding to inside.

Holland said yesterday: "You have to remember that he was seven months without a race and he badly needed a few races.

"He got very excited in the kennels and he made a mess of the start. He was trying to get across to the rail and he checked a few times. I think it was a great run and he came out bouncing this morning."

Tonight's Inter Track racing will come from Enniscorthy where the nine-race card starts at 8.0.

Irish Independent

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