Double chance for Limerick as the race for the 2019 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby continues
Limerick still has a double chance of success as 24 greyhounds remain in the race for the €300,000 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby for quarter-final weekend.
The action continues this Saturday at Shelbourne Park with four ultra-competitive heats down for decision in the richest race in the Irish greyhound calendar, which boasts a prize fund of over €300,000.
The third round saw 48 greyhounds brought down to 24, with Lenson Bocko, trained by Graham Holland, posting the fastest time of the round in 29.27 seconds. Slippy Cian, also trained by Holland and owned by the Full House Syndicate in Castletroy, posted 29.41. Meanwhile, Music Toour Ears, trained by Pat Guilfoyle and owned by the Ennis Road-based Pension Plan syndicate, also qualified from the third round.
Racing Manager with the Leinster Racing Office, Derek Frehill, commented:
“We’re through the half way point of the 2019 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby now as we approach the fourth weekend out of six. The first half of the competition has seen such high quality racing and we’re getting down to the nitty gritty now. Derby time is a special time here at Shelbourne Park and we’re all looking forward to this weekend’s quarter finals. I’d like to wish the very best of luck to all greyhounds and their connections who have done remarkably well to still be involved.”
Payments are staggered for heat winners with larger rewards for greyhounds winning later rounds, particularly quarter and semi-finals, following on from last year’s increase in this area. All four quarter final heats take place this Saturday, September 7th, with the final of the 2019 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby being held on Saturday, September 21st, at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium. ENDS
2019 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby, quarter-finals
Heat 3: Slippy Cian (owned by Full House Syndicate, Castletroy)
Heat 4: Music Toour Ears (owned by the Pension Plan syndicate, Ennis Rd)
Key event dates:
Quarter Finals – Saturday, September 7th
Semi Finals – Saturday, September 14th
Final – Saturday, September 21st