Relief as impasse is finally broken
There was a widespread welcome through the Irish greyhound industry yesterday for the news that the Harold's Cross/Shelbourne Park impasse has been resolved and that racing will resume on Tuesday night.
Indeed, Danny Creech reported yesterday afternoon that he already had almost enough entries to complete a "Harold's Cross" card for Tuesday night and that he expected to publish it on the IGB website this afternoon.
Meanwhile, talks will be taking place immediately on finalising the programme for the remainder of the year and the next scheduled major event is the Shelbourne Open Puppy 525, while dates have to be found to accommodate the bitch classic, the Irish Oaks.
While no announcement has yet been made the general expectation is that racing will take place on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with the Tuesday and Friday fixtures catering in the main for the regular HX performers.
A terrific race is anticipated tonight for the Kerry GAA Supporters Race of Champions final and the two favourites for the prize of €15,000 are Native Chimes and Good News.
Both set new track records last week with Good News the current holder at 29.34. Trained by Pat Guilfoyle, Good News can lead home Native Chimes.
There is also top sweepstake action tonight at the Longford, Youghal and Dundalk tracks.