Sunday 19 November 2017

Racing and awards cancelled over protest

'There is an absolute requirement for everybody to recognise the commercial realities and the time is well gone when special interests can hold the industry to ransom.' (stock photo)
'There is an absolute requirement for everybody to recognise the commercial realities and the time is well gone when special interests can hold the industry to ransom.' (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

There will be no racing at Shelbourne Park again tomorrow night after the Irish Greyhound Board called off the meeting due to the continuing impasse with the Dublin Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association.

In addition, national greyhound awards dinner, which was due to be held prior to the racing, has been deferred.

The awards gala was called off when the DGOBA refused to withdraw their planned protest over the proposed sale of Harold's Cross, which was due to commence at 3pm outside Shelbourne Park.

An IGB statement said the body is "not going to allow our owners, trainers, staff and the general public to be used in this way by a small section within the industry. IGB reiterates that its business plan is focused on addressing the organisation's unsustainable debt of €21.6 million."

"There is an absolute requirement for everybody to recognise the commercial realities and the time is well gone when special interests can hold the industry to ransom."

Meanwhile, the normal Friday meeting will be staged at Harold's Cross but the main action will be at Tralee track, where the first round of the valuable GMHD.ie Insurances Juvenile Classic will be staged.

One which stands out is Denis Fitzgerald's Loskeran Vardy with a 16.05 trial around Clonmel.

Irish Independent

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