Tuesday 12 December 2017

Greyhounds: New 'reserves' ruling set to impact on Derby

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

There is widespread concern over the recently revealed new regulation which does not allow the use of reserves in the first round of sweepstakes.

The rule governing this was amended last year when the limit for the use of reserves up to and including finals was reduced from €15,000 to €4,999.

There was a warm welcome for this change, but what was not envisaged was that the new wording of the regulation would bar the use of reserves in the first rounds of all sweepstakes.

It has been traditional to allow reserves to be introduced in the first round, but the new situation apparently first came to light in the opening round of the Longford Derby when reserves were not allowed on the night.

This new ruling will have implications for the likes of the ETS Irish Derby in which you are virtually guaranteed a number of absentees from the first round.

Meanwhile, the Irish Greyhound Board have issued the new racing protocols which will apply for racing at Shelbourne Park on Thursday and Saturday nights in line with the new Premier Racing concept.

For greyhounds without Shelbourne form to be accepted for racing on a Thursday or Saturday night, they should complete a satisfactory 525-yard trial or compete on a Wednesday night in advance of being scheduled to race.

The focus on the Thursday and Saturday racing will be on grades ranging from Open to A4, Open to D2 and Open to S3 and there will be no Novice Races or Unraced Stakes on these nights.

The full list of racing protocols can be accessed by going to www.igb.ie and clicking on the link 'Talking Dogs'.

The draw for the Corn Cuchulainn will be made at Harold's Cross at 11.0 today and among the late entries is English Derby quarter-finalist Priceless Pilot.

Shelbourne jackpot

There will be a guaranteed €1,500 Pick 4 Jackpot at Shelbourne this evening. Two for jackpot punters can be Glenquain (9.0) in the A3 final and Kelmar Galaxy (9.30) in the final leg. Another worth noting on the night is Worth A Chance (10.0), which can make up for last week's narrow defeat.

Newbridge racing

Due to the evening staging of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday, there will be no racing that night at Newbridge. However, there will be a bumper meeting there on Friday with Clonad GAA and Laois Autism hosting a joint-fundraiser.

Kilkenny retired show

There will be a Retired Greyhound Show at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on Saturday, beginning at 11.0. All retired greyhounds competing must be fully retired from racing or coursing and must be registered with the Irish Kennel Club. Further information from barry.coleman@igb.ie

Irish Independent

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