Thursday 14 December 2017

Fahy's pair get welcome draw at Galway

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The draw for the Tyrur Big Mike Champion Bitch Stake at Galway was made yesterday and most of the leading fancies have been kept apart in the first round, which will be run at the Sportsground venue tomorrow night.

A quick assessment of the draw suggests that the 'big four' in the competition could be the Graham Holland-trained Rockburst Pearl, Owen McKenna's Airforce Diva and the local bitches Tyrur Annaleen and Tyrur Amelia, which are based in the kennels of event sponsor PJ Fahy.

The trade for good dogs is still strong and the news from Kilkenny is that John Kennedy from Gortnahoe has sold both his dogs which have been running so well in the Dobbs Oil Unraced. Brendan Keogh is the new owner of the unbeaten Sizzling Bolt and kennel companion Rayvin Lad but they will continue in the competition under Kennedy's guidance and will join Rab McNair after their involvement in the stake.

Sizzling Bolt (9.12) has been most impressive in his runaway wins thus far and he can win again tonight in the second semi-final, where Pat Sinnott's Blackstone Marco looks a very lively danger.

The other semi-final can be battled out between Martin Boran's Deenside Hero (9.0) and Kennedy's Rayvin Lad. The card also includes the semi-final of the Peter Meaney Memorial Stake and the banker bet can be Maria Byrne's Dysert McCoy (9.36) in the second heat.

There will be the usual €1,000 Pick 4 Jackpot guarantee this evening at Shelbourne. One suggestion for jackpot punters is Martin Lanney's Kingsmill Puma (8.45), which should be good enough to win the S1 Sprint. Another worth noting on the night is Gerry Merriman's Highview Bullet (9.45), which will appreciate the inside draw in an A3 contest.

New deal

The IGB has signed a new deal with leading European gaming and betting company Hattrick Sports Group which will see the IGB providing Hattrick with recordings of original HD video content of Irish greyhound racing.

Hattrick is a leading supplier of on-line racing products to new and existing international markets.

"This proves that Irish greyhound racing has a very exciting future as we continue to expand its brand awareness internationally," said Adrian Neilan, CEO of the IGB. "It is a ringing endorsement of the quality product we have on offer and for which there is a big demand abroad".

Pick 6 change

There will be a change of format of the Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot as from Saturday night next. The bet will now involve four races from Shelbourne on Saturdays (fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth) and then the ninth and tenth races from Limerick.

Only the two races will be shown live from Limerick with full coverage on Inter Track being given to the Shelbourne racing.

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