Limerick with hopes as Ladbrokes Easter Cup begins with
The Ladbrokes Easter Cup is returning to Shelbourne Park this weekend, marking 91 years of the competition at Ireland’s premier greyhound stadium – with Limerick having a number of hopefuls among the 48 entries.
Derby finalist Slippy Cian, owned by the Full House Syndicate in Limerick, is among the entries. Irish St Leger finalist Clonbrien Prince – owned by Kay Murphy in Athlacca – will also line up, as will Braveheart Bobby, trained and owned by Darren McCoy of Newcastle West.
2018 Irish Greyhound Derby winner Ballyanne Sim – who runs in the same heat as Slippy Cian – is another other eye catcher to take to the traps.
The competition, ran over 550 yards, traditionally attracts the top Irish greyhounds in training, with this year’s winner receiving €25,000. Ladbrokes has a long history with racing at Shelbourne, having previously sponsored two other Classic events, the Ladbrokes Open 600 and the Irish Greyhound Derby.Speaking at the event’s launch, Patrick Flynn, Sales, Commercial & Operations Manager at Shelbourne Park, commented:
“Ladbrokes have always had a strong affinity to greyhound racing here at Shelbourne Park. Their sponsorship of the prestigious Easter Cup demonstrates their continued
supportforthe Irish greyhound racing industry. The Ladbrokes Easter Cup provides the perfect continue to build on previous sponsorship partnerships. We’re looking forward to some platformto high qualityracing action over the four weekends of competition, and I’m sure the excitement will continue to build until we reach the final on March 9.”
Jackie Murphy, Director for Ladbrokes Ireland, added:
“Ladbrokes are delighted to continue our
Mick The Miller, arguably the most famous racing greyhound ever, is among the dogs to have contested the trophy. He was beaten by half a length in
Key Event Dates:
First Round Heats – Saturday 16 February
Second Round Heats – Saturday 23 February
Semi-Finals – Saturday 2 March
Final – Saturday 9 March
Prize money breakdown:
Winner – €25,000
Runner-up – €7,500
Third – €5,000
4th, 5th & 6th in final – €2,500 each
4th, 5th & 6th in
2nd round – €200 (x12)
All heats – €250 (x12)