Wednesday 22 November 2017

Track closure costing €30,000 weekly

The draw was made for the BIF Produce Stakes yesterday and the classic will commence at Clonmel on Sunday. (Stock image)
The draw was made for the BIF Produce Stakes yesterday and the classic will commence at Clonmel on Sunday. (Stock image)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The Irish Greyhound Board yesterday confirmed in a statement that the disruption to racing at Shelbourne Park is costing €30,000 per week and warned that unless the action resumes immediately, jobs across the industry are in immediate jeopardy.

They queried the recent plan presented by the DGOBA to allow two years to keep Harold's Cross open, on the grounds that it ignored the immediate heavy debt burden which has to be addressed now. They also said they are fully committed to talks under mediator Kieran Mulvey.

In another statement, the IGOBF queried the performance of the IGB over recent years.

The draw was made for the BIF Produce Stakes yesterday and the classic will commence at Clonmel on Sunday.

There are 54 entries and there will be nine heats, with Kirby Memorial finalist Rathnasare Champ the one to beat.

The Scottish Derby will commence on Saturday with an eight-strong Irish challenge and there will be strong hopes for an Irish success.

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