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Dogs back in full swing

Following the Christmas break the greyhound scene will return to a largely normal schedule this week with most of the country's tracks set to resume racing.

There will, however, be a cut in the number of January fixtures, with some of the traditional loss-making meetings being cut from the schedule. As a result, there will be only one meeting in the Republic tonight, at Longford, where the final of the Paddy Daly Tri Distance is the highlight.

The Dublin schedule resumes tomorrow at Harold's Cross --the only day's meeting in the country -- and Shelbourne Park is set to swing back into action on Thursday.

Competition action will resume with the finals of the Ted Hegarty Marathon and the Tote Gold Collar at Harold's Cross on Friday and the final of the Greyhound & Petworld Kingdom Derby at Tralee the same night.

Then on Sunday the Open Unraced Stake will start at Clonmel. This high-profile 48-dog event closes to entries tomorrow.

Irish Independent