Sunday 19 November 2017

Shelbourne to race as protesters march

The semi-finals of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup are the feature of Saturday's card and unfortunately there is one definite absentee in Burgess Popeye which sustained a very serious injury in a trial at Curraheen last Saturday (stock photo)
The semi-finals of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup are the feature of Saturday's card and unfortunately there is one definite absentee in Burgess Popeye which sustained a very serious injury in a trial at Curraheen last Saturday (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The Harold's Cross controversy rumbled on yesterday with both sides involved stating their immediate plans.

The protests will kick off today with a march on Dáil éireann. The DGOBA has asked the industry to unite and not to enter dogs to run at Shelbourne Park from this Saturday night. They plan to stage a protest outside the track on Saturday from 6pm.

They have also called on all the officers of the IGB to resign and have asked the Minister for Agriculture to reverse the decision to close Harold's Cross. The original request for the closure of Harold's Cross actually emanated from the Department's specially commissioned Indecon Report on the industry.

Meanwhile, the Irish Greyhound Board confirmed that Shelbourne Park will stage racing tonight, tomorrow and on Saturday.

When queried yesterday about the IGB's immediate plans, chairman Phil Meaney stated: "We have to get back racing and we are going ahead with racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. We know there will be some withdrawals on Saturday but we must race."

The semi-finals of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup are the feature of Saturday's card and unfortunately there is one definite absentee in Burgess Popeye which sustained a very serious injury in a trial at Curraheen last Saturday.

A few other runners have been sold.

Irish Independent

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