Dog Chat: McEntee to tackle woes in national track tour
The wait for the appointment of a new IGB chairman is almost over and the new person will be named tomorrow.
Minister for State Shane McEntee made the announcement during his address at the national greyhound awards in Limerick on Sunday.
It was McEntee's first public address since his appointment and he delivered a very impressive impromptu speech, in which he stated that he is aware of many of the problems facing the industry and that he intends to visit every track in the country to talk with the people who really know the game.
While there will be plenty happening in the corridors of power, the impressive early season tempo will be maintained on the tracks this weekend, with the finals of the Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan Juvenile Classic at Tralee on Friday and then the finals of the Roche Feeds Oaks at Limerick and the Kudos Supersprint at Curraheen on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, the semi-finals of the Gain Feeds Cesarewitch will be run at Mullingar.
The Juvenile Classic has been a terrific success at Tralee and John Linehan's Droopys Twirl surely sealed her position as favourite when flying out of the traps and clocking 28.29 in the semi. She goes from the inside trap in the final and the major dangers are likely to be Happy Hermit and Meadow Bank Owl.
The Roches Feeds Oaks at Limerick also promises to be a real classic, with the run to the bend between Tyrur Tinkerbell and Cornamaddy Swift likely to be decisive. In the sprint decider at Curraheen, Calling Spice may just have the measure of Sheepwalk Mac and Yes Boss.
The College Causeway/ Killahan Phanter Easter Cup begins at Shelbourne on Saturday. Entries close today and Declan Carey will have to decide whether to run it as a 36 or 48-dog event. While the entries were rolling in over the weekend, the number in the book yesterday was still well short of the 36.
Star triallist on Saturday night was Dolores Ruth's Razldazl George as he scorched around in 28.34, while his kennel companion Razldazl Jayfkay recorded a 28.51 run and Makeshift 28.68. Local Dee Jay impressed with a 28.47 run, while Tyrur Lohan, returning from injury, clocked 28.60.