Shelbourne misery as Gold Cup scrapped
The Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne, which had reached the semi-final stage, has been abandoned.
The Irish Greyhound Board made the decision at a meeting yesterday and it is a big blow to the industry as the Grade 1 event carried a winner's prize of €20,000 with the placed dogs earning €5,000 and €2,500 each.
The semi-finals had to called off over the past two Saturdays due to the protests staged by the Dublin GOBA over the Harold's Cross closure.
It represents a serious blow to the owners and trainers involved with the semi-finalists.
A statement issued yesterday evening reads: "Due to the interruption of racing at Shelbourne Park Stadium on Friday and Saturday, where no greyhound was presented for weigh-in for races on those nights, the races have been declared 'abandoned'.
"This in effect means that the semi-finals of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup will now not be staged nor will any of the 'abandoned' races scheduled for Shelbourne Park on February 17 and 18.
"IGB advises owners and trainers of greyhounds which were listed for Friday and Saturday night but which did not run will not be subject to regulatory sanction (ie, a seven-day ban)."
Meanwhile racing is due to be held at Shelbourne tonight for Harold's Cross dogs but a protest is planned to be held outside the track. The card is due to feature the final of the OceanFeed Greyhound+ final.