Fundraiser to boost 'Tallamanjaro' hospital climb
There will be a major fundraiser with a difference at Harold's Cross on Friday week, April 5. It will be in aid of the Tallamanjaro Oispideal Climb, which will start on May 18.
The expedition will see a group of 15 volunteers, which will include doctors, nurses and Tallaght IT students, climb Tanzania's Kilimanjaro – the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
One member of this group will be the appropriately named Harold's Cross general manager Philip Peake, who has no climbing experience whatsoever.
Explaining how his participation came about, Peake said: "One of my best friends is Paul Harding, who is a nurse in Tallaght Hospital, and a few of us that play football in Laois decided we would do something for the hospital.
"We are nearing the end of an intensive 12-week training and fitness programme and we will get some climbing experience on Carrantwohill, Croagh Patrick and Glendalough before we go. This will include a night-time climb to prepare us for the final climb to the summit."
A huge crowd is anticipated at Harold's Cross for the fundraiser.
The big race of the week, and the second most valuable race ever run in this country, will be the final of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake on Saturday night at Limerick.
While some of the top fancies failed to survive the rough and tumble nature of the two semi-finals, we are still left with a high-class line-up, and the favourite is Owen McKenna's Roxholme Bully, which is a best priced 5/4 with the firms ahead of 11/4 Kisses For Cloda, 5/1 Oran Maestro, 6/1 Melodys Gamble, 20/1 Droopys Banner and Royal Diva.
The other major events at the weekend will be the second-round heats of the College Causeway/Killahan Phanter Easter Cup at Shelbourne and the semi-finals of the Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch at Mullingar on Saturday.
There are still vacancies for the McCarthy Insurance Oaks at Curraheen Park. Today is the closing date, with the first round to be run on Saturday.
Good Friday plans
There will be seven tracks racing on Good Friday: Curraheen Park, Galway, Harold's Cross, Limerick, Mullingar (instead of Thursday), Tralee and Waterford.
The two cards lost at Dundalk last weekend will be run this week. Friday's card will be run at a dual horse and greyhound meeting on Thursday, with the first of the eight races going off at 9.40. Last Saturday's card will be run this Saturday.