Sunday 25 February 2018

Greyhounds: Clonmel refurbishments on track – Anderson

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Clonmel manager Eddie Anderson has no doubts that the new grandstand will be open in time for the major national coursing festival, which will have a weekend staging this year from Saturday, February 2 to Monday, February 4.

There have been stories circulating that the work will not be completed in time on the new facilities, but Anderson insisted: "As far as I am concerned, we will be in the new building prior to the commencement of the festival.

"Most of the work is already completed and they have started laying the tarmacadam."

Anderson also reported that they had great crowds for the two nights of the first round of the Red Mills Open Unraced Stake.

The honour of fastest qualifier went to Glenanore Dancer, a son of Kinloch Brae and Marbeck Star, which is trained by Castletownroche handler Tom O'Neill for his wife, Breda. He clocked a tidy 28.49.

But the big story was the four-timer for the team which Fraser Black trains for, the Diamonds-Are-Forever Syndicate.

Plus Five (28.86) and Droopys Margo (28.58) had won in Thursday's first session and then on Sunday, Ashford Castle (28.51) and Senior Cup (28.91) completed the job.

This syndicate reportedly invested heavily in these four pups and early indications are that Laurence Blunt, Martin Wakefield, Paschal Taggart, Justin Stead and Julie Robinson have spent wisely.

The full second round will be run on Sunday.

Tonight's wager

Harold's Cross has the racing scene to itself tonight and they're hardly jumping out of the card. However, the track's leading trainer Liam O'Rourke introduced a nice young dog last month when BALLYMAC NIALL made a winning debut. He should improve from the experience to win the 10.10 contest.

€25,000 That is the impressive guaranteed minimum pool for the Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot, which will be run over three races at Limerick and the final three at Shelbourne next Saturday.

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