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Greyhound Racing: IGB move to get Newbridge back on track

Newbridge has closed its doors but, initially at least, it will only remain closed for a week.

The news broke this week and fears for the track's future were partially allayed by a statement issued by the Irish Greyhound Board yesterday evening which stated: "The IGB can confirm that the current operators of Newbridge Greyhound Stadium, Morwell Racing Ltd, have ceased to operate at the venue and their private commercial arrangement with the landlords has come to an end.

"However, racing schedules will recommence on Friday, April 12 and the venue will be run by an IGB management team led by Philip Peake on an interim basis."

IGB CEO Adrian Neilan said: "Newbridge has a long and distinguished history of greyhound racing over many decades, especially with special events like the Cox Cup being so integral to the racing calendar in Co Kildare.

"The greyhound industry is worth €30m per annum to the county and supports 40 full and part-time jobs at the venue."

David Morgan from Morwell Racing Ltd commented: "I'd like to thank the Newbridge Stadium supporters' club for all their support and help to us during our time there.

"We are also very grateful to all the patrons, sponsors and bookmakers who supported us and to all the staff who worked so hard with us.

"This stadium in Newbridge is a fine venue, but lately it's been very difficult trading-wise for us in the current economic environment and I wish everyone involved here the best of luck in the future."

David Cox, on behalf of the Cox family, said: "Newbridge Stadium has been in our family for three generations and we are grateful for the support from Adrian Neilan and the team in Bord na gCon.

"The stadium is an excellent modern facility and generates jobs locally. I'm sure it will get great support from the community and the bookings will come in for racing each Friday and Saturday."

IGB management are in ongoing discussions with the landlords of Newbridge Greyhound Stadium and are committed to finding a long-term solution to maintain racing for the many owners and trainers in the surrounding Kildare hinterland.

Best bets

There are 10 races at Shelbourne which provide a few tempting betting propositions.

Gerry Whyte's Farloe Pixie (8.30) was impressive last week when beating Killglen Chief and can confirm the form in the A2 final.

PJ Fahy has a strong team on duty and Tyrur Lazarus (8.0) and Tyrur Quevega (10.15) should score for him.

Mullingar trios

All the trio pools will be guaranteed to a minimum €500 on Sunday's Cesarewitch final card at Mullingar, with the final pool guaranteed to €1,000.

Irish Independent