Thursday 18 January 2018

Dog chat: Light at end of tunnel as racing poised to resume nationwide

The thaw which hit the east coast on Sunday afternoon has greatly improved the prospects of greyhound racing resuming this week. Unless there is a return of the snow and frost, Harold's Cross should set the industry back in motion on Friday night.

The news may not be so good on the southern circuit with the Sunday snow and frost leaving that part of the country still firmly in the claws of the elements.

Last night's meeting at Clonmel was called off and the programme scheduled for tomorrow night has also been scrapped.

Manager Eddie Anderson reported yesterday that the track was covered in snow and was frozen underneath.

But he sounded optimistic about Thursday night, saying "There is supposed to be a rise in temperatures on Thursday, so every effort will be made to get the IGB Unraced under way then.

"If that fails, we will try again on Saturday with the second round on Thursday week, January 21, the semi-finals on January 28 and the final on February 2.

"The Trade Genetics A2 Stake for 24 dogs will start on Sunday, January 17."

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Declan Carey is optimistic that Shelbourne Park can resume on Saturday when the first round of the John J Casey Open 575 would be contested two weeks later than planned.

"The thaw has set in at the track and hopefully the better weather will continue in order to allow us get back racing at the weekend".

The one worry concerning the Casey 575 is that there might be non-runners from the first round due to lack of fitness as a result of the closedown.

Dundalk will be staging official trials on Thursday at noon in readiness for a resumption of racing the following day.

The border track is also due to race on Saturday and Monday nights.

Also resuming on Friday will be Youghal where the track's Annual Awards will be presented at the track.

There will be free admission for all and complimentary finger food will be served.

Newbridge also plans on resuming on Friday night with the programme postponed from January 2 but it does depend on the thaw as Philip Mullaney reported yesterday that, "the track is still severely frozen, the circuit and stadium grounds are still covered in heavy show".

However there will be no trials for at least another week at the track.

Irish Independent

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