KILDARE 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 Boylesports King, trained by Dolores Ruth in Rathangan, gamely finishing second to 2018 Derby finalist Slippy Cian in 29.48 and qualifying for the quarter finals. Toolmaker Daddy, for Rathangan’s Robert Gleeson, also qualified from his heat in a time of 29.98 seconds.
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 7 September, with the final of the 2019 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby being held on Saturday 21 September, at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium.