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Greyhound Racing: Sponsors back on board ahead of landmark '600'

Ladbrokes are returning to the sponsorship team at Shelbourne Park following the announcement that they will renew their involvement with the Ladbrokes 600, which they sponsored between 2003 and 2010.

When Ladbrokes took over the Irish Derby between 2010 and 2012, they ceased their involvement with the 600.

The Ladbrokes 600 is one of the most popular events in the calendar and was the first sponsored major event in Irish greyhound racing when Guinness supported the original event back in 1964, when the legendary Cranog Bet was the winner.

This year's Ladbrokes 600 will be the 50th running of the event and it will have a total fund of €36,000, of which the winner will receive €20,000.

The first round will be run on Saturday week, with entries closing next Monday. All heats of the 600 will be shown live in Ladbrokes shops across Ireland on the four Saturdays of the competition.

Meanwhile, there will be a special meeting at Harold's Cross on Friday, when the track celebrates its 85th birthday.

To mark the occasion there will be an admission charge of just €5 on the night and there will also be a special programme commemorating the track's glorious history.

The programme will include a number of open races and it promises to be one of the big nights of the year at the track.

The Red Mills Produce Stakes will kick off at Clonmel tomorrow with four heats.

Among those in action will be the McKenna pair of Christys Bolt and Ronaldo Supreme.

The likely big two in the betting, Leamaneigh Turbo and Farloe Calvin, will be in action in Sunday's concluding eight heats. The quality of the entry is high class and it promises to be a marvellous Classic.

Best bets

There's a nine-race card at Shelbourne tonight, with a number of interesting newcomers on show. If Millbank Martin (8.15) makes a slick start, he will have a big say in the sprint.

Seamus O'Hanlon's Ask Tom (9.45) created quite an impression here last time and a repeat performance would see him score again, while Owen McKenna's Emmas Pride (9.30) looks the one to beat in the A2 seventh.

Lee Strand entries

Entries for the €10,000 Lee Strand A3 550 will close on Friday at lunchtime. The first round will be run next Tuesday and Friday.

Irish Independent