Limerick interest still strong as 48 still in with a chance of glory

Limerick interest remains strong in the race for the 2019 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby ahead of the third round of the competition.

The Derby is the most prestigious race in the Irish greyhound calendar and boasts a prizefund of over €300,000.

Friday and Saturday saw a field of 96 cut in half, with Slippy Cian, owned by the Full House Syndicate in Castletroy, posting a time of 29.48 in winning his heat, beating 2018 Derby winner Ballyanne Sim in the process.

Dawn Quinn (IGB) presents a trophy to Nicky Holland after Slippy Cian won heat 5, round 2 of the 2019 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby in 29.48 seconds.

Allaghaun River, trained by John Lenihan in Abbeyfeale, and Music Toour Ears, owned by the Pension Plan syndicate based on the Ennis Rd, also made it through to the final 48.

Racing Manager with the Leinster Racing Office, Derek Frehill, commented: 

“The Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby always attracts the highest calibre of greyhounds from around the country and indeed worldwide.

“There’s been a real buzz in the air here in Shelbourne Park over the last few weeks as we get closer and closer to crowning the overall Derby winner for 2019.

“It’s been a classic in every sense of the word so far and we’re all really looking forward to hosting third round night, with 48 dogs and their connections all still in the running to be crowned Derby champion.

“I want to wish the very best of luck to the greyhounds and their connections still involved.” 

All eight heats across the third round take place this Saturday, August 31st. The final of the 2019 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby will be held on Saturday, September 21st at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium.

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