Sunday 19 November 2017

Protest is set for Saturday at Shelbourne

The Irish Greyhound Board were discussing the matter throughout yesterday, but their response is not expected until today. Stock photo
The Irish Greyhound Board were discussing the matter throughout yesterday, but their response is not expected until today. Stock photo
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The Dublin Greyhound Owners & Breeders Association (DGOBA) now plan to stage their protest outside Shelbourne Park on Saturday afternoon and evening in the continuing impasse over the future of the Harold's Cross track.

Originally the DGOBA had said that there would be no protest this coming Saturday, but that decision was reversed over the weekend.

They will gather outside Shelbourne from 3pm on Saturday to take in the National Greyhound Awards Presentation and the night's racing, which will comprise of the card put back from last Saturday.

The Irish Greyhound Board were discussing the matter throughout yesterday, but their response is not expected until today.

The Shelbourne card on Saturday was due to include the semi-finals of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup and these are now due to be run this Saturday. However, the postponement is also playing havoc with the Ladbrokes Easter Cup, which is due to commence on Saturday week. Some of the Gold Cup finalists would have been expected to contest that event also.

Ironically, while Shelbourne Park lost last Saturday's meeting, racing will be going ahead at Harold's Cross this evening. It is one of two meetings in Ireland today, with the other being staged at Tralee (6.58pm).

One worth noting at Harold's Cross is Maysdreamcatcher (8.41pm), which got up late to win last week over 570 yards. She is contesting the first semi-final of the Ocean Feed Greyhound Plus 570 and the half-sister to Jaytee Patriot looks to have a real future over distances.

Maysdreamcatcher got up late last week to beat Keith Hand's Skyways (8.56pm) and this one looks capable of winning the second semi-final. Skyways has yet to win from 16 outings, but that wait may be about to end.

Tralee Classic

Declan Dowling has been in touch from Tralee Track seeking entries for the valuable GMHD Juvenile Classic, which closes today at 2pm.

Dowling reports that they have a strong entry for the event, which carries a winner's prize of €15,000, but there are still a few vacancies.

The other big event this week will be the final of the Gain Cup at Curraheen Park on Saturday. The draw has given Liam Dowling a real chance with his two runners occupying the inside traps.

Irish Independent

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