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Greyhound racing: All change for English Derby hopeful Kereight King

Star Irish tracker Kereight King has changed kennels and is bound for the William Hill English Derby at Wimbledon next month.

Kereight King had been handled by his Wexford-based owner Aidan Denton, who has sold a half share in the dog, which is now with Pat Curtin at his new base in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

Jockey Tony McCoy is one of the four people who have chipped in for the half share, the others being Curtin, Gerry Hughes and Jonathan Newell from Galway.

Kereight King is the second fastest dog ever around Shelbourne with a 27.82 run in February, but he was knocked out of the Easter Cup in the first round where he was baulked in the early yards.

Curtin said: "He will have his tonsils removed this week and will have a break before we give him a few trials around Limerick and a couple at Wimbledon. We will be based in England for the Derby."

There promises to be a strong Irish team at Wimbledon, with Liam Dowling planning on running Ballymac Vic, Plunkett Matthews considering Ballyhill Sub, Paul Hennessy with Priceless Sky and Barefoot Allstar as well as runners from the Dolores Ruth and Fraser Black kennels.

The exciting news from Tralee is that the annual Night of Champions will be staged on Friday, June 21 and will be featured on RTE2 between 8.30 and 9.30.

The Race of Champions will have a winner's prize of €15,000 and will be a major fundraiser for the Kerry GAA Training Fund. Final details will be announced later this month, when the Race will be launched by Kerry stars.

The entries continued to roll in for the Ladbrokes 600, which starts at Shelbourne on Saturday.

The list of entries stood yesterday at 32; the latest names to enter the book were Farloe Trend, Icandomagic, Coolavanny Angie, Ripley Diana, Lookusup, Clydal Rumble, Rallying Ri, Old Refrain, Raggletaggle Rio and Katies Quadrigo. The draw will be made at noon today.

Ladies' Weekend

The Irish Greyhound Board has launched the first ever Ladies Weekend at the Dogs at nine separate greyhound stadia on Friday and Saturday week.

Admission is €5 for ladies, and includes a drink and a race programme.

Ladies will get the chance to enter a competition to win one of 30 Weekend Hotel Breaks courtesy of Great National Hotels.

The tracks participating will be Galway, Harold's Cross, Limerick, Tralee and Waterford on the Friday, and then Cork, Mullingar, Newbridge and Shelbourne on the Saturday.

Irish Independent