Wednesday, 15 August 2018

LIMERICK'S FIRST SIS MEETING THURSDAY AUGUST 16th



While it may not be the heady occasion to rival the exciting nights of the St Leger, the Kirby Memorial or the Golden Muzzle, an all graded card at Limerick on Thursday August 16th will nonetheless be a landmark meeting on the Dock Road as the first SIS fixture at the venue while greyhound racing in Ireland adapts to a changing economic environment within the sports/leisure industry.

A very wise person once said to me that you know you've made it in the working world when you've figured out how to earn money while your asleep! Apart from the fictional Lotto wins of my dreams, that level of success has eluded me but applying the same principle to our sport, I would liken that goal to finding a way to make it financially worthwhile staging a greyhound racing meeting, regardless of attendance.

I grew up as one of those typical, sports mad, nine to five workers who liked to have a bet with my hard earned. I knew all the betting shop frequenters in the town and could rattle off every stable jockey to every horse trainer, big and small, while enjoying a mildly mis-spent youth amidst too many hours in the betting shops.

I enjoyed a bet but thankfully could enjoy it, as I had a healthy respect for punting coming from a rearing within greyhound racing. Back on point, I had no connection to horse racing but probably knew more about more horse trainers than I did about the trainers in the sport I was reared in. And why was that?....It was simply because horse racing was sold to me and done so in betting shops and pubs (through racing on TV) with the exact target market that funded the horse racing and many other sports industries.

The sad fact here is that my sport was not being sold to this extensive target market. I have long lamented the fact that I could see any number of sports, most thoroughly boring in comparison to ours, even made up virtual sports run by a computer programme, all earning money for better marketers than us.

BUBBLE

We operated for decades in our own bubble, away from the mainstream audience, markets and potential sponsorships that a betting shop presence could have offered. Take the betting shop out of horse racing thirty years ago and where would it be now? We have come to this party way too late!

Numbers are not my thing and I'm not the right man to examine IGB accounts on your behalf but I will be asking the financial consequence of this SIS venture at Limerick in the months ahead and if, as I suspect, that the upcoming Thursdays prove more financially beneficial than the Fridays have been, I will applaud a correct move, as I see at least. Because, surely a betting shop presence with a target market predisposed to the exact type of product you are selling must be a gift in marketing terms, and, it's marketing that you are actually getting paid for through the pictures instead of paying for!

I don't know what numbers are paid to the horse tracks of Ireland for the racing pictures but I am informed that in some cases, Irish tracks are in profit for their day of racing before even opening their doors to the public. I doubt that the figures we command for pictures have us in that type of scenario yet but should that not be a target for us? Whether it's selling the pictures or entering a foreign tote market, or, now that we are selling pictures, increased advertising revenue, could we possibly have the costs of staging a meeting met before we ever open the gates?

I'm not saying forget about the turnstiles, it goes without saying that we can never stop trying to increase footfall at the stadiums but if we did get to the idealistic situation described, we would be in a much better place to offer incentives or create initiatives to attract a greater physical presence at meetings.

CATCH-UP

We are playing catch-up in the wider world of sports revenue but finally may be chasing the right hares up the correct avenues. There has been plenty justification for pessimism in recent times but I do see the SIS meetings as an opportunity to be built on while being wary not to follow the UK route of allowing betting firms to own our tracks.

I know it's not today or yesterday but being so close with Limerick and commencing on Thursday, it has this SIS deal foremost in thoughts this week. Maybe it's a pipe dream but the level of self-sufficiency described should be something to strive for. It is after all getting more difficult to get people through the door of any entertainment venue, just ask a publican! And, if you told me twenty years ago that any Senior Munster Championship Hurling match would be played in front of just 10,000 people, I would have laughed. But that's the changing face of modern entertainment and we have to start selling further, wider and more fervently.

Now let's try make the bookies pay a little more for the pictures at Limerick this Thursday! And, if you are asleep while the races are on, it doesn't count as earning money while your asleep if you have to be awake to earn the stake money in the first place!

RACE 1 TRAP 1 - A very mixed bunch of graded sprinters and none too consistent, while all capable of winning such a contest. A tough start to SIS meetings but BALLINISKA AMY has won on the last two occasions that she wore red and with respect to all connections, it would be quite appropriate should track stalwart Tommy Quaid begin a big weekend of sport for the Treaty county by returning the first SIS winner at Limerick.

RACE 2 TRAP 1 - So many graded events can be dictated by the draw and again, the rails runner may be the one to side with here. Two solid efforts in A4 before his bump last time read well in this context given that he has an ease in grade and BALLINULTY ILOVEU is two from two when in Trap 1. No cert....but the most significant pointers are in his favour, especially as the strong runner may get a pleasing tow to the back-straight from the early paced maiden on his immediate right.


RACE 4 TRAP 5 Another trappy affair which may be as simple as trusting the latest lines of form for JACKALS JET (NB), along with being the least exposed runner in the field, actually clocked an S3 time in his solid second a week ago and only a brace of his rivals have done that prior. With more scope to progress, a repeat of that latest run may suffice but any progress from it would make him very difficult to contain with surprises unlikely from his rivals.


RACE 10 TRAP 5 Five of these actually clashed a week ago and they all met some sort of a bump, bar tonight's rails runner who led them home while filling second and even outside of that clash, all would be difficult to adamantly separate. There is a strong case to be made for the odd one out however and BLACK EYE (NAP) made a rock solid return to Limerick at 350 last time. He is the only one of these to have reached A0 and has won at the top level. As close to Nap material as can be found on the card I'd suggest.



2018 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby draw



Heat 1: 1 Droopys Denny, 2 Packing Heat, 3 Minor Mike, 4 Native Chimes, 5 Javielenko, 6 Karlow Eddie (w)

Heat 2: 1 Panther, 2 Uncle Wexford, 3 RuralBrae, 4 Ross Swift, 5 Kereight Dodger (w), 6 Clona Blaze (w)

Heat 3: 1 Beara Gig, 2 Jock, 3 Swithins Brae, 4 Skywalker Rafa, 5 Slippy Cian (m), Kylehill Mozart (w)

Heat 4: 1 Crossfield Will, 2 Ping Putter, 3 Kilbride Warrior, 4 Fantasy Lane, 5 Knuck Boy, 6 Totos Park (w)

Heat 5: 1 White Puma, 2 Elusive Heights, 3 Ballydaniel Benz, 4 Frisky Leader, 5 Uncut Diamond (w), 6 Kilgraney Denvir (w)

Heat 6: 1 Coolavanny Gery, 2 Rockybay Foley, 3 Ballyhooley Fin, 4 Lapari Supreme, 5 Vaguely Noble (w), 6 Maireads Spring (w)

Heat 7: 1 Ballymac Bolger, 2 Stonepark Noel, 3 Champs Boy, 4 Creevy Girl, 5 Ravenswood Lotti, 6 Macaroon Towser (w)

Heat 8: 1 Alfies Prince, 2 Gurteen Feather, 3 Droopys Dargle, 4 Titus Spirit, 5 Howth Head, 6 Whoops Jack (w)

Heat 9: 1 Boherna Bliss, 2 Cashen Kuba, 3 Ballymac Tabor, 4 Macaroon Cruz, 5 Droopys Verve (m), 6 Frisky Luck (w)

Heat 10: 1 Klopps Wee Man, 2 Blue East, 3 Droopys Neymar, 4 Ballyhale Blaze, 5 Coconut Crusader, 6 Loskeran Vardy (m)

Heat 11: 1 Cabra Hurricane, 2 Burgess Superior, 3 Ninja Fortune, 4 Choctaw Trail (m), 5 Mc Razl (m), 6 Misty Supreme (w)

Heat 12: 1 Doggy Mcdogface, 2 Man Twenty One, 3 Bonus Point, 4 Holycross Lad, 5 Kilgraney Master (m), 6 Urban Jet (w)

Heat 13: 1 Droopys Expert, 2 Boylesports Joy, 3 Burgess Dancer, 4 Beaming Paradise, 5 Clonbrien Hero (m), 6 Brownstown Tango (m)

Heat 14: 1 Ibra, 2 Newhall Missile, 3 Rocket Turbo, 4 Burgess Jupiter (w), 5 Grahams Star (w), 6 Vahsel Bay (w)

Heat 15: 1 Forest West, 2 Greenisle Hades, 3 Nitro Notorious, 4 Dunsallagh Mike, 5 Pudgie Budgie, 6 Chespirito

Heat 16: 1 Burbank, 2 Nice Charmer, 3 Lightfoot Oscar, 4 Mandeville Fly, 5 Our Lovely Tune, 6 Borna Gin

Heat 17: 1 Blitzem Bill, 2 Coolavanny Pet, 3 Ballyane Sim; 4 Clearly Written, 5 Dynamic Cool Sky; 6 Whoops Harry (w)

Heat 18: 1 Birchfield Act, 2 Dromana Jet, 3 Natural Wonder, 4 Jelly Flood (m), 5 Cash Is King (w), 6 Great Occasion (w)

Heat 19: 1 Jumeirah Charm, 2 Fane Zeema, 3 Budgie Marbh, 4 Ballymac Arminta, 5 Blueberry Diva (m), 6 Droopys Davy (w)

Heat 20: 1 Lenson Blinder, 2 Aayamza Express, 3 Parlow Sanka, 4 Magical Logan, 5 Boyhero (w), 6 Rio Coco (w)

Heat 21: 1 Boleys Fella, 2 Notorious Nodrog, 3 Clonbrien Prince, 4 Jaytee Yankee, 5 Lingrawn Joe, 6 Bakery Lane

Heat 22: 1 Wichita, 2 Crohane Ronnie, 3 Polish Hero, 4 Drive On Tipp, 5 Buckos Dream (w), 6 Jaytee Taylor (w)

Heat 23: 1 Patricks Castle, 2 Ballymac Trinkle, 3 Magical Bale, 4 Ninja Burgess (m), 5 Ballybough Dad (w), 6 Lisnastrane Gold (w)

Entries increase for BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby as better incentives introduced


The trap draw for the most prestigious race in the Greyhound Calendar, the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2018 got underway earlier today (Tuesday 14 August), with 138 entries submitted, above the set target of 120. Feedback from owners and trainers has been very positive to the greater distribution and new incentives announced for the 87th running of the classic. The race for the increased €300,000 jackpot starts this Friday at Ireland’s premiere greyhound stadium, Shelbourne Park in Dublin.

Racing Manager Derek Frehill commented ‘Previously we would have received around 120 entries. This year, the bonuses have created a greater interest from smaller owners to enter the Derby. This is the first time that prize money is concentrated on the heat winners, with €2,000 going to the winners of the semi finals.’

The total jackpot will see a greater distribution as unplaced finalists including semi and quarters will receive a significant increase. Payments will be staggered for heat winners with larger rewards for greyhounds winning later rounds, particularly quarter and semi-finals. A number of new incentives have also been introduced. The last standing UK Greyhound (exc. Northern Ireland) will receive €5,000 (min. 10 entries required) in addition to the €200 payment to assist with travel costs. The last bitch standing will receive €3,000 while €2,000 each will go to last owner trained greyhound and the last syndicate owned greyhound.

With a total prize fund of €300,000, the Irish Greyhound Derby is in its 87th year. In 2017 BoyleSports, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker signed a three sponsorship deal with the Irish Greyhound Board which will deliver €1 million in prize money to greyhound owners, breeders and trainers.

The Irish Greyhound Derby begins on Friday 17 August in Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium in Dublin. The Final of this highly anticipated event will take place on Saturday 22 September 2018. Both the Semi-Final and Final will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2 and online to a worldwide audience on RTÉ website and RTÉ Player.  For information on the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby visit www.gogreyhoundracing.ie.

Prize money increases to €300,000


Incentives:

€5,000 to last standing UK Greyhound (T & C's apply: only paid if 10 or more entries travelling from England/Scotland/Wales)

This is confined to greyhounds travelling from mainland UK and not open to greyhounds based in Northern Ireland. Winner based on last greyhound eliminated from Derby. Placings will decide winner (4th/5th/6th) times will not be taken into account. If two greyhounds are eliminated at the same stage and have same placing the pot will be halved. All greyhounds travelling from mainland UK (England, Scotland, Wales) are entitled to a one off €200 payment to assist with travel costs.

€3,000 to last bitch standing. This is confined to bitches competing in the event regardless of where they have travelled from. Placings will decide winner (4th/5th/6th) times will not be taken into account. If two bitches are eliminated at the same stage and have same placing the pot will be halved.

€2,000 to last owner trained greyhound standing. This is confined to greyhounds that are owner trained only. Any greyhound who is with an agent or private/public trainer do not qualify for this incentive. Placings will decide winner (4th/5th/6th) times will not be taken into account. If two bitches are eliminated at the same stage and have same placing the pot will be halved.

€2,000 to last syndicate owned greyhound standing. This is confined to syndicate owned greyhounds regardless of their training status. Placings will decide winner (4th/5th/6th) times will not be taken into account. If two bitches are eliminated at the same stage and have same placing the pot will be halved.


Additional Information

This is the fifth year of BoyleSports sponsorship of the classic event, which has been running since 1928, receiving classic status in 1932.  The competition, which is run over a distance of 550yds, takes place in Shelbourne Park, Dublin, and was won in 2017 by Good News.

The total prize fund for the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2018 is €300,000. Of the €300,000 the winner will receive €140,000 and a commemorative trophy. Under the Irish Greyhound Board’s innovative prize money scheme, the breeder of the winner will receive €14,000 (10% of the winner’s prize) and if the winner is trained by a licensed public trainer he or she will also receive €14,000 (10% of the winner’s prize).

Irish Greyhound Derby timeline:

First round heats:  17 & 18 August 2017

Second round heats: 24 & 25 August 2017

Third round heats:  Saturday 1 September 2017

Quarter- Finals: Saturday 8 September

Semi- Finals:  Saturday 15 September – Live on RTÉ 2

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Final: Saturday 22 September – Live on RTÉ 2

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Prize Money increases to €300,000 for BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby


Prize Money increases to €300,000 for BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 
with Greater Distribution and New Incentives

Dublin GAA’s Denis Bastick launches 2018 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby


Five-time GAA All-Ireland winning footballer Denis Bastick launched the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby at Ireland’s premiere greyhound stadium, Shelbourne Park on Monday 16 July – joined by 2017 Derby winning trainer Pat Guilfoyle and Leon Blanche of BoyleSports. The Irish Greyhound Derby is the most prestigious race in the Irish Greyhound Calendar and boasts an increased prize-fund of €300,000.


Ireland’s Supreme Greyhound for 2017, Good News claimed the Derby title last year for trainer Pat Guilfoyle in a record time of 29.37 over the 550 yards. The top dog’s astonishing speed equalled over €5,000 per racing second before a packed crowd in Dublin’s Shelbourne Park. ‘A dream come true for me and my family,’ is how trainer Pat Guilfoyle described winning the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby in September 2017.

The 2018 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby sees an increased prize fund of €300,000.  The total jackpot will see a greater distribution as unplaced finalists including semi and quarters will receive a significant increase. Payments will be staggered for heat winners with larger rewards for greyhounds winning later rounds, particularly quarter and semi-finals. A number of new incentives have also been introduced. The last standing UK Greyhound (exc. Northern Ireland) will receive €5,000 (min. 10 entries required) in addition to the €200 payment to assist with travel costs. The last bitch standing will receive €3,000 while €2,000 each will go to last owner trained greyhound and the last syndicate owned greyhound. (Full details on prize money distribution and incentives below).

Speaking at the launch, former Dublin GAA footballer Denis Bastick commented ‘GAA fans attending championship games can cheer on their county’s top dog as the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby will showcase Ireland’s fastest greyhounds from every corner of the country. The excitement will build towards the Derby Final in tandem with the action at Croke Park. I look forward to an exciting six weeks of top class racing at Shelbourne Park.’

Leon Blanche of BoyleSports commented “This is our fifth year sponsoring the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby and we’re delighted to be involved again in such an iconic race. It is fantastic to see the overall prize fund increase to €300,000 with a greater emphasis on rewarding all competitors. As a company we pride ourselves on our continued commitment to Irish sport and we’re looking forward with vigour to what is certain to be another very competitive renewal.”

With a total prize fund of €300,000, the Irish Greyhound Derby is in its 87th year. In 2017 BoyleSports, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker signed a three sponsorship deal with the Irish Greyhound Board which will deliver €1 million in prize money to greyhound owners, breeders and trainers.

IGB Chairman Phil Meaney commented ‘We have seen some of the world’s best greyhound racing at Ireland’s premiere track – Shelbourne Park for over 90 years. The BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby is viewed by a global audience each year and I want to thank BoyleSports for their continued support. The prize money increase will create a more attractive package and will result in a better distribution for all within the racing community.’

The Irish Greyhound Derby begins on Friday 17 August in Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium in Dublin. The Final of this highly anticipated event will take place on Saturday 22 September 2018. Both the Semi-Final and Final will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2 and online to a worldwide audience on RTÉ website and RTÉ Player.  For information on the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby visit www.gogreyhoundracing.ie.

The early market with BoyleSports has Droopys Biker and Verve at 16/1 to claim the title. Droopys Davy, Borna Gin, Ballymac Bolger and Magical Logan are at 20/1 while Dorotas Wildcat, Slippy Cian and Magical Bale follow at 25/1. Lenson Blinder, Rockbay Foley, Bombers Bullet, Droopys Expert, Bakery Lane, Lemon Shane, Cash is King, Skywalker Tuco, Bruisers Bullet, Jaytee Yankee, Clonbrien Hero, Droops Noah and Minor Mike are at 33/1.

Prize money increases to €300,000

Incentives:

€5,000 to last standing UK Greyhound (T & C's apply: only paid if 10 or more entries travelling from England/Scotland/Wales)

This is confined to greyhounds travelling from mainland UK and not open to greyhounds based in Northern Ireland. Winner based on last greyhound eliminated from Derby. Placings will decide winner (4th/5th/6th) times will not be taken into account. If two greyhounds are eliminated at the same stage and have same placing the pot will be halved. All greyhounds travelling from mainland UK (England, Scotland, Wales) are entitled to a one off €200 payment to assist with travel costs.

€3,000 to last bitch standing. This is confined to bitches competing in the event regardless of where they have travelled from. Placings will decide winner (4th/5th/6th) times will not be taken into account. If two bitches are eliminated at the same stage and have same placing the pot will be halved.

€2,000 to last owner trained greyhound standing. This is confined to greyhounds that are owner trained only. Any greyhound who is with an agent or private/public trainer do not qualify for this incentive. Placings will decide winner (4th/5th/6th) times will not be taken into account.

€2,000 to last syndicate owned greyhound standing. This is confined to syndicate owned greyhounds regardless of their training status. Placings will decide winner (4th/5th/6th) times will not be taken into account.

Additional Information

This is the fifth year of BoyleSports sponsorship of the classic event, which has been running since 1928, receiving classic status in 1932.  The competition, which is run over a distance of 550yds, takes place in Shelbourne Park, Dublin, and was won in 2017 by Good News.

The total prize fund for the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2018 is €300,000. Of the €300,000 the winner will receive €140,000 and a commemorative trophy. Under the Irish Greyhound Board’s innovative prize money scheme, the breeder of the winner will receive €14,000 (10% of the winner’s prize) and if the winner is trained by a licensed public trainer he or she will also receive €14,000 (10% of the winner’s prize).

Irish Greyhound Derby timeline:

First round heats:  17 & 18 August 2017

Second round heats: 24 & 25 August 2017

Third round heats:  Saturday 1 September 2017

Quarter- Finals: Saturday 8 September

Semi- Finals:  Saturday 15 September – Live on RTÉ 2

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Final: Saturday 22 September – Live on RTÉ 2


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

NATIONAL GRADING SYSTEM AMENDMENTS



Following a recent review by Bord na gCon of the National Grading System Rules and Tables, which came about due to a noticeable lack of clarity among industry stakeholders on the back grading of greyhounds below S3/A3 Grades, the following amendments are to be made to the National Grading System Rules with changes to be implemented in early August.

The following benefits will be observed from their implementation:-

An immediate clarity and transparency on where a back grade is due, as greyhounds will now have to complete three unsuccessful sprints in succession, for a back grade to be achieved. The same will apply for middle distance races.

Back grades and current grades are more closely linked to current rather than historical lines of form. Back grading is more indicative of current form.

A more organised sequential approach to back grading, which can be more easily captured and reflected in the Race Management System.

Back Grading– Sprint and Middle Distances

A greyhound will only be back graded on completion of three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint or Middle Distances. The greyhound will be lowered one grade from its current Grade on completion of this three race cycle.

A greyhound competing in Sprint and Middle Distance races will break the three race cycle for back grading purposes if the greyhound races over a different category of Distance (Sprint or Middle Distances only) i.e. if a greyhound runs two consecutive unsuccessful races over 525 and the greyhound then runs a Sprint this will nullify the three race cycle for back grading purposes over Middle Distances. The same rule applies to the Sprint (S) category.

A Greyhound competing in the Hurdle category or in the Long Distance category will not nullify the three race cycle for back grading purposes over Sprint or Middle Distances

Back Grading – For Grades S3/A3 and for Grades better than S3/A3

1) Greyhounds of Grade S3/A3 to Grade S9/A9 - Greyhounds will be back graded over both the ‘S’ and ‘A’ Grade when they have run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over the same category of Distance i.e. when they have run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint Distances or when they have run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Middle Distances, e.g. a greyhound which is S3/A3 will be back graded to S4/A4 if it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint Distances or if it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Middle Distances. A greyhound running a trial within this sequence of races is still eligible for back grading

2) Greyhounds of Grade S2 to SO and Greyhounds of Grade A2 to AO-  A greyhound will only be back graded over a category of Distance (i.e. either ‘S’ or ‘A’) when it has run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over that category of Distance i.e. a greyhound will only be back graded over Sprint Distances when the greyhound has run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint Distances and the greyhound will only be back graded over Middle Distances when the greyhound has run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Middle Distance, e.g. a greyhound which is S1/A1 will be back graded to S2/A1 if it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint Distances and will be back graded to S1/A2 if it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Middle Distances.  A greyhound running a trial within this sequence of races is still eligible for back grading.


3) Greyhounds of Grade SSO and Greyhounds of Grade AAO- Greyhounds will only be back graded over a category of Distance (‘S’ or ‘A’) under the following conditions:
(1) It must have ran three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over the same category of Distance and will only be back graded over that category of Distance (i.e. Sprint or Middle Distance)
(2) It must not have recorded SS0 or AAO time in any of the three consecutive unsuccessful races

(3) Recording an SSO or AAO time in a trial between races will reset the three race cycle over both categories of Distance (‘S’ or ‘A’)

The National Grading System Rules and Tables currently on the IGB website will be updated to reflect the above changes when the rule changes are implemented.

Family Funday at Mullingar Greyhound Stadium


Families are welcome to make tracks to Mullingar Greyhound Stadium this Sunday (15 July) to enjoy great entertainment and fun for all ages. Free admission is available to all as gates open at 1.30PM with live racing at 3.15PM. 

A free welcome pack will greet all kids on arrival while friendly retired greyhounds and face painting will keep them occupied throughout the afternoon. Live racing and full Sunday sports will match the top-class dining available for all of the family.

Family fun days at Mullingar Greyhound Stadium are sponsored by GAIN Greyhound Nutrition. Bookings can be made on 061448080 or by emailing sales@igb.ie


Monday, 25 June 2018

Greyhound First- Welfare measures initiated due to high temperatures


Monday’s Longford racing cancelled. No trials between 10AM and 7.30PM


Following the 'High-Temperature' five-day warning issued by Met Éireann, the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has suspended all trials between 10AM and 7.30PM with immediate effect and is monitoring all race meetings subject to changing weather patterns and local conditions throughout the week. The measures follow best welfare practices that are routinely followed during sharp temperature changes.

·         No trials at any tracks between 10AM and 7.30PM.

·         Racing at Longford Monday 25 June is cancelled. Friday’s (29 June) meeting is under-review.

·         Racing at Enniscorthy and Youghal Monday 25 June will proceed as planned.

·         Control Stewards and Racing Managers to assess local circumstances as all race meetings during the ‘High-Temperature’ period will be reviewed.


A spokesperson for the IGB commented ‘To cancel trials or racing can be a great inconvenience to owners and our customers but the welfare of greyhounds comes first in all operational decisions. Staff at all tracks have been advised to supplement existing operational arrangements during this heatwave to ensure welfare considerations are fully taken into account.’

Saturday, 9 June 2018

IGB Incentive Schemes


IGB Incentive Schemes June 2018


·         Novice Scheme

Effective from 1 April 2018, a once-off payment of €100 for greyhounds who commence their racing careers prior to reaching 19 months and complete their first five races at IGB licenced tracks.

The greyhound must run their first five races in a consecutive order at IGB tracks only. The greyhound must complete its first novice race after 1 April 2018. The payment is made on the completion of a fifth race to the owner of a greyhound. The first payments are to be made from early June 2018.


·         Dublin Participation Scheme

This scheme will allow for a €20 payment in respect of the fourth, fifth and sixth place in all races at Shelbourne Park Stadium on all nights. The scheme is effective from 1 April 2018. The proposed payment should assist in alleviating the exceptional travel costs incurred by owners, breeders and trainers in attending at Shelbourne Park.


·         Runners Incentive

A once-off payment of €800 is made to an owner that reaches 100 races at IGB tracks between 1 April and 31 March of the following year. For each race after the 100 and within the year, they will receive a payment of eight euros.

An owner may designate a public or private trainer to receive the payment. Double payments for owner or trainer are not permitted.


·         Breeders’ €15 Scheme

A payment of €15 is paid to the breeder of the winning first-place greyhound in all races. The winning prize money must be €1,999 or less and at IGB tracks only.


·         SIS Scheme

A €20 payment in respect of the fourth, fifth and sixth place in all races at the three SIS meetings is paid to the owner.


·         Breeders’ 10% Scheme

The breeder of the winning first-place greyhound at all races will receive a payment equal to 10% of the winning prize money in cases where the applicable prize money is €2,000 or greater. This applies to IGB tracks only.


·         Public Trainers 10% Scheme

A Public Trainer will receive 10% of all prize money payments applicable to their greyhound. This applies to all races at IGB tracks.


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Chairperson of Bord na gCon/ The Irish Greyhound Board


The vacancy for the position of Chairperson of Bord na gCon/ The Irish Greyhound Board is now live on StateBoards.ie with a closing date for applications of Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 3PM.

The position online here, http://www.stateboards.ie/stateboards/campaignAdvert/84715.htm  , identifies essential characteristics including experience of strategic planning as a ‘CEO/Managing Director of a commercially driven organisation’ and a ‘clear understanding of the greyhound racing and breeding sector’, amongst other desirable attributes.

An Assessment Panel will be convened by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) to consider and assess the applications. The Panel will draw a shortlist of suitable candidates to be sent forward for consideration by the Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine for the appointment to be made

Friday, 25 May 2018

IGB allocate €250,000 for private track investment



As part of upgrading stadia within the Strategic Plan 2018-2022, the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has established a fund of €250,000 for private tracks to upgrade and improve facilities. The grant scheme provides a maximum of €35,000 per track with applications open until 8 June 2018.

The criteria for approval, available on the IGB website, states that funds are confined to ‘projects or initiatives that will enhance animal welfare, health and safety, examination and testing facilities and track improvements.’ Furthermore applications should outline clearly the improvements that the project will deliver.

Chairman of the IGB, Phil Meaney commented ‘Our focus is on rebuilding the greyhound sector through an improved customer experience but also greyhound welfare. This scheme is an important early step as part of our five year plan. Addressing the long term debt of the IGB was never an end in itself, but rather a means to allow the much needed investment across the greyhound sector.’


Friday, 27 April 2018

PRODUCE DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING AT CLONMEL



PRODUCE DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING AT CLONMEL

Such has been the trend in major events over the past few seasons that there is hardly any need for panic when entries are slow to arrive, even in the last week before deadline but Eddie Anderson would welcome a deluge of names for the 2018 Larry O’Rourke sponsored National Produce Stakes which commences on Sunday week, May 6th.

Carrying a €20,000 winner’s prize, entries will close on this coming Tuesday at 10 am in readiness for the draw but having not reached the halfway point in the search for 54 runners as of yet, all at Clonmel would appreciate entries as soon as possible.

So many of the bigger events get labelled as classics in the modern era but in truth, there are only a handful of true original classics and the National Produce Stakes holds a special place in the history of Irish greyhound racing since first claimed by Sporting Fancy in 19.39!

Indeed, with the changing complexion of racing in modern times and a shift to 550 yards for many major events, it is the younger generation of the sport who enjoy the greater opportunity to contest for major honours as even the English Derby has now gone beyond the previously traditional 525 yard classic distance and the Produce Stakes is a precious opportunity for youngsters who will see their options limited at that trip as they advance.

Of course we always expect the major kennels to fill the bulk of entries in the classics and it can be daunting for smaller outfits to entertain the thought of a classic entry in exalted company. That is something that my own family kennels have been guilty of in the past but in reality, there is simply nothing to be lost in contesting these events with promising young racers and inspection of the recent Kirby Memorial will reveal many in the latter stages that were graded racers before heading for Limerick! How well did they advertise their breeding line, their dam or even their attractiveness as a possible prospect for sale?

To emphasise, 2015 winner Ballybough Mondo entered the event while graded A2, Whiteys Hawk was an unraced Novice Open before the first round in 2011, a year after Faypoint Dave entered the event as an A1 runner in 2010.

With four to qualify from each of the opening two rounds of the Produce Stakes, it should be noted that all bar 18 of the 54 entries will get their entry fee back at the very minimum.

THE 2018 NATIONAL PRODUCE STAKES

For 54 greyhounds @ €70 each that were whelped in 2016. It’s important to note that the first four will qualify from the FIRST & SECOND rounds so all bar the 18 greyhounds eliminated from the first round will, at least, get their money back.

WINNER: €20,000 & TROPHY

First Round: SUNDAY, MAY 6

Entries Close: Tuesday, May 1 at 10 am Draw will take place at 12

Entries to Eddie Anderson at 052-6183334 / cmltrack@gmail.com

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Sale of Harold’s Cross to provide €6 million reinvestment


Sale of Harold’s Cross to provide €6 million reinvestment for greyhound racing



Investment marks a ‘new beginning for greyhound industry’



The sale of the former Harold’s Cross greyhound stadium is expected to be completed shortly as contracts have now been signed between the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) and the Department of Education & Skills for the sum of €23 million euros. Approval has been granted by the Minister for Agriculture Food & the Marine and the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform for the IGB’s Business Plan for the surplus of some €6 million from the sale to be reinvested, as outlined in the recently published Strategic Plan 2018-2022.



Phil Meaney, Chairman of IGB commented ‘This investment marks a new beginning for the greyhound industry. In recent years, a long term debt has acted as a financial strait-jacket on our industry. The sale of Harold’s Cross will now provide some €6 million to reinvest. Our Strategic Plan proposes a capital development programme totalling €12 million which includes upgrading Shelbourne Park, further welfare enhancements, IT upgrades and improving basic facilities to the benefit of all that participate in and enjoy the sport. However all investments over the five year period are contingent on financial resources being available. The surplus funds from the Harold’s Cross sale will allow us to make significant progress on implementing our plans.’



The interim 2017 financial statement by the IGB reported a group operating surplus of €1.67 million (EBITDA), a reduction from €3.2 million in 2016. The statement highlighted the impact of Shelbourne Park’s 22 week closure which ended in June 2017. Total attendances were reduced by circa 98,000 in the Dublin region (2016 national total 636,914) to 514,546 customers in 2017. The disruption to racing at Shelbourne Park also adversely impacted on other income streams, principally all tote betting platforms.



A recent report by Economist Jim Power, The Economic and Financial Significance of the Irish Greyhound Industry calculates there are 5,058 full and part-time jobs within the sector with a further 7,313 greyhound owners deriving economic benefit. The impact of this employment creates €171 million in additional spending while the greyhound owners contribute €135 million in spending. The national industry therefore contributes €300 million in additional economic activity. Of the 16 stadia within Ireland, 15 are located outside Dublin which the report states, highlights the contribution to rural communities in additional jobs and spending. The PAYE/PRSI contribution per annum is estimated at €12.7 million.

Friday, 2 March 2018

All Greyhound Racing cancelled for Friday & Saturday 2/3 March



MEDIA STATEMENT



The Irish Greyhound Board IGB wishes to advise that, having assessed the conditions at all tracks and taken account of the latest weather advisories, greyhound racing will not proceed on Saturday 3rd March 2018.



This decision has been taken in the interests of greyhound welfare  and the practical difficulties that will be experienced by owners, breeders, trainers and patrons in safely accessing greyhound stadia from all parts of the country.



The following are the  proposed alternative arrangements:



Shelbourne Park, Dublin:

Semis final of Ladbrokes Easter Cup is rescheduled to Tuesday 6th March. Final will go ahead on Saturday 10th March at Shelbourne Park.

Curraheen Park, Cork:

The Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint is rescheduled to Saturday 10th March

Kilcohan Park, Waterford:

The Yahoo Kennels Marathon is rescheduled to Saturday 10th March.

Limerick:

Race card rescheduled to Saturday 10th March

Mullingar:

Race card rescheduled to Saturday 10th March. Decision regarding Sunday’s meeting (SIS) will be made.

Tralee:

Race card rescheduled to Saturday 10th March.

Galway:

Race card rescheduled to Saturday 10th March.



The IGB has also been advised of the following:

Thurles:

Race card rescheduled to Saturday 10th March.

The Sales event at Thurles planned for 6th March has been rescheduled to Saturday 10th March ( trials at 9 a.m. with auction commencing at 11 a.m.)

Lifford:

Race card rescheduled for Saturday 10th March.

Dundalk

Race card rescheduled to Saturday 10th March.



The IGB thanks everybody for their cooperation and forbearance during this severe weather event.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Festival Fancies & Market


On Course bookmaker Peter O'Reilly has been good enough to keep me updated with his Festival market over the past weeks so these are featured below in addition to those already available.

My last written contribution before we kick off, I'm like a child at Christmas. Best of luck to all, especially those attached to my home club and the qualifiers from our Nenagh Meeting.

Below are my main fancies to fund the Monday evening session and form my strongest opinions before commencement. However, I won't let Ballymeelishnell or Bagsy The Front go to slips without some sort of investment either.

I'm off to pack the car.....Long Live Coursing!!

Quarter Bets:

Both selected for the Oaks, I am strong on these but they're just one man's opinion so don't inundate me contradictions because I won't have time to come back at ye!! :) .......unless I meet ye in Chawke's this evening!!!!!

The comments attached to each runner were my own notes jotted down when studying before the draw was made. 

Oaks 1st Quarter

COBRA ANGEL Enniscorthy/Only outing/(+15,-1,-8) Now Now, you can scoff the short field all you want but not many bitches would post such figures in comparison to Jamess Treasure anywhere. Best in the TS all the way is a lovely sign for a young bitch on debut. There wasn't a mountain of form to boost this stake but enough snippets to be very encouraged. Open to any amount of improvement and if it turns out that a longer field will actually suit better then hold the back-page! This could be a real springer. Completely unexposed with almost certain improvement to come. Simply has to be a player! 20/1 ***** BEXHILL EOIN/ANNUAL TIME / Would be hoping for around 5/1 for the quarter.

Oaks 2nd Quarter

SHARE THE DREAM Lim City/ only outing/(-3,=,-7,-7) to Barefoot Marine and look at it from any angle, this is class! Young too so a debut like this screams that she is the real deal. I was all about her on the day too so it’s pleasing that this inspection reflects what the eye thought it saw. Nothing came out of the stake which is the only negative but you can readily dismiss that because she was streets ahead of them like a good one should be. By far the best I saw with my own eye, no matter what the draw or what my studying throws up….this in my bet for the Oaks! ****** 14/1. ADIOS ALONSO/CLASS ATTRACTION / Will probably be around 2/1.

Outright Bets

Oaks - Share The Dream

Derby - LONE ROCKET Ballyduff/Only outing/ (+11,-4,-13,+13) to a lofty benchmark in Kyle Mozart. Ignore the last mark which was the final with an extra run. This is superb! Outoftheshadow is highly rated and rightly so for clocking so well with Blades but on a line through Mozart, you have to say Lone Rocket is in the same sphere. Beat Cill Ide Wonder in the final who was solid all year but also took care of City Link along the way while the stake also housed Amazing Style, Bedford Wonder, Kyle Duke and Coolavanny Juno. A case can be made that he could be the top rated pup and I’ll be going in at 16/1. ***** ADIOS ALONSO/DUBLINFOURDASHER 




P O’Reilly Oaks Betting – Non Runner (No Bet) e.way 1.2 ½ the Odds.


First Quarter
8/1
SPACE TREND
v
SCAREDY PANTS
33/1
N/R
N/R
v
CLASH CHANNAIGH
40/1
40/1
WOODLANDS ROISIN
v
N/R
N/R
12/1
MAD DECISION
v
BRIDEWELL KIT
25/1
80/1
CRAFTY TAMACO
v
COBRA ANGEL
25/1
33/1
SHE’S OUR DIVA
v
COULD BE QUEEN
40/1
12/1
ELEGANT DAME
v
BANKERS HILL
50/1
33/1
BALLYMORE LUCY
v
KILLIMOR BELLE
50/1
Second Quarter
33/1
MAGPIE DELIGHT
v
SMINKY BLONDE
40/1
14/1
SHARE THE DREAM
v
THE OTHER TESSA
50/1
33/1
CENTRAL GLAMOUR
v
LOYAL LABAMBA
22/1
50/1
PARTYS ON ME
v
TREE TOP ABBIE
33/1
40/1
GONE TO TOWN
v
CRAFTY SORDO
50/1
40/1
GOODBYE GIRL
v
THREE PADDYS
28/1
33/1
ABBEYGLEN HAWK
v
ANTONIA
28/1
18/1
GRAIGUES LEGACY
v
HEARTBEAT
28/1
Third Quarter
50/1
SYDNEY MO CARA
v
GRACES BELLE
40/1
16/1
BLADES OF HONOUR
v
BALLYMEELISHNELL
33/1
40/1
BLUEHILL HEATHER
v
MYLEENE
14/1
40/1
WISEGUY NORA
v
CILL IDE BLISS
33/1
33/1
HOWYAMISSUS
v
BAREFOOT MAGIC
22/1
4/1
SILENT WONDER
v
BILLISTOWN JUDY
100/1
50/1
BELLINTER KERRY
v
ALLOFTHELIGHTS
33/1
33/1
HOWS MRS FOLEY
v
JUNCTION HILL
66/1
Fourth Quarter
20/1
NOTHING FANCY
v
YIPPEE LILLY
25/1
33/1
CENTRAL MAID
v
SOUTHOFHERE
25/1
33/1
MANLEY FLIGHT
v
PLEASE BABE
25/1
40/1
DUARIGLE CLASS
v
AMYS HERO
50/1
50/1
SOUTHWIND NELL
v
FOXHOLLOW LADY
22/1
N/R
N/R
v
SOME TONIC
33/1
40/1
SYDNEY WISH
v
BROWNES CROSS
33/1
25/1
ALONSO BLONDE
v
FLAGFIELD ALONSO
33/1



P O’Reilly Derby Betting – Non Runner (No Bet) e.way 1.2 ½ the Odds.


First Quarter
22/1
NEEDHAM YIPPEE
v
MAYFIELD
25/1
40/1
CROHANE HILLTOP
v
CENTRAL ROCKER
25/1
33/1
FRAGGLE ROCK
v
HONEY SMOKEY
66/1
40/1
FINE OLD CHAP
v
DALE BELMONT
33/1
33/1
CITY EXPERT
v
KNOCKDERK FLYER
50/1
66/1
DOINGITFORFIADH
v
KYLE VIVALDI
66/1
10/1
ROQUEFORT TEDDY
v
SILENT WHISPER
11/1
66/1
BLASTOFF BINGO
v
SORRY NOT SORRY
28/1
Second Quarter
50/1
HYDEPARK BINGO
v
LONG JOHN SILVER
25/1
6/1
OUTOFTHESHADOW
v
OAKVIEW WAVE
50/1
50/1
GOODBYE VENICE
v
THAT’S MY MAN
40/1
66/1
ACT OF KINDNESS
v
RATHFORT WONDER
50/1
50/1
TIN MAN
v
WI CAN SCURRY
50/1
33/1
SPIN THE WHIP
v
BLUEVIEW TRUMP
28/1
33/1
CLON EAGLE
v
TOUCHSTONE
28/1
40/1
BARROW GEORGE
v
AMAZING STYLE
28/1
Third Quarter
40/1
CLAREABBEY FLYER
v
ASHMORE DERBY
33/1
25/1
BOYNESIDE SWIFT
v
BEDFORD RAMBLER
50/1
40/1
DALE ARROGATE
v
SHINE A DIAMOND
22/1
25/1
COOLAVANNY JUNO
v
BALLYMAC BILLY
33/1
25/1
AHAMORE WONDER
v
YOU AMAZE ME
25/1
9/1
WATCHMAN
v
HALF A MOMENT
33/1
40/1
COOGA GAMBLE
v
RAPID RESPONSE
50/1
28/1
BAGSY THE FRONT
v
CITY LINK
11/1
Fourth Quarter
28/1
OOLA PRINCE
v
ALWAYS IN THE RUN
33/1
40/1
MASTEROFDISASTER
v
GRANARD BREEZE
33/1
22/1
COBRA COMMANDER
v
KYLE STEEL
16/1
6/1
PART EXCHANGE
v
N/R

50/1
HILIGHT WARRIOR
v
ZIZU
33/1
14/1
LONE ROCKET
v
MINGDRUM TANK
40/1
50/1
BEDFORD WONDER
v
CLASH BRUNO
50/1
40/1
CRESCENT ASH
v
GRANARD BOLT
33/1




 Non Runner ( Rule 4 to all bets apply) Win only



7/1
KILKILLOGUE
v
BALLYGERALD BUZZ
3/1





5/2
KYLE MOZART
v
DOMAIN KING
10/1





2/1
SKELLIG SHANE
v
WI CAN RIKI
16/1





7/1
FLOATING VICTOR
v
KYLE ALEX
5/1


P O’Reilly : Grace Bruton Champion Stakes Betting
 Non Runner ( Rule 4 to all bets apply) Win only



1/1
BEXHILL ANNA
v
BABES COTTAGE
12/1





12/1
STRAIGHTLEGS
v
DO IT CHUBBYS
4/1





6/4
DICKS BIMBO
v
GRIPWELL NANCY (B)
10/1





10/1
KINGSMILL ARIEL
v
TOUCH OF CLASS
3/1



HAPPY PUNTING !