A total of 36 greyhounds remain in with a chance of capturing the €30,000 winners’ prize in the 2019 Irish St Leger ahead of this weekend’s second-round action.
The Leger is one of the most prestigious ‘Classic’ competitions in the Irish greyhound racing calendar and boasts a prize fund of over €60,000.
This past weekend saw 72 greyhounds whittled down to 36, with the Paul Hennessey-trained Jaytee Taylor breaking the track record in a time of 29.21 seconds. Other notable performances saw the Graham Holland-trained Wolfe posting 29.59, with Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Anton a spot quicker in 29.58. Patrick Guilfoyle’s Cabra Firmino also broke the 30-second barrier in 29.85.
Limerick continues to be represented by John Lenihan’s Allaghaun River, Denis O Malley’s Clearly Written and Music Toour Ears, owned by the Ennis Road-based Pension Plan syndicate.
This year’s event is sponsored by the ‘Friends of Limerick Greyhound Stadium’ group who have spearheaded a funding initiative which is proving very successful.
This has enabled an increase in the top prize as well as new competitions of the Leger Cup and Leger Plate which will be ran on Leger final night.
Racing Manager Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Liam Kennedy, commented:
“The first round heats of the 2019 Irish St Leger produced the high quality track action that greyhound racing fans around Limerick and the rest of the country wait all year to see. It was great to see such a healthy crowd present here in Greenpark. We’re sure the second round will provide the same this weekend. I have no doubt the excitement will only increase as the climax of the competition draws ever closer on November 23rd. I want to wish the best of luck to all still involved.”
Last year’s event was won by Blastoff Jet, for joint owner/trainer Philip Buckley in a time of 29.65 seconds. The Leger event is for open-class greyhounds and attracts the highest calibre of dogs from across Ireland and beyond.
The 2019 Irish St Leger will continue for three more Saturdays, with the final being held on Saturday, November 23rd.