Some of Carlow-Kilkenny’s fastest greyhounds are to compete in the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby.
From Carlow: Fennis Buzz owned by William Hanlon, Kilgraney Ace (owner Thomas Buggy), Karlow Crean (W-K-C Syndicate) and Kilgraney Denver (owner Rosemary Buggy) while in Kilkenny, Ballybough Dad owned by Pat Carroll, Budgie Marbh owned by We-Couldn’t-Afford-A-Horse-Syndicate and Luminous Fantasy owned by Denis Lennon, have been drawn to compete in the First Round heats for the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park.
With a total prize fund of €287,500, the competition is the most prestigious race in the Irish Greyhound Calendar, with a winner’s prize of €150,000.
The First Round heats will be held this Thursday 17 August and Saturday 19 August at Shelbourne Park. Ireland’s best racing greyhounds will progress over the next four weeks to Second and Third Round heats followed by the Quarter and Semi-Finals.
This action packed period will conclude with the Final held on Saturday 23 September. Both the Semi-Final and Final will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2.
In recent years, the Irish Greyhound Derby has seen strong competition from across all regions.
The BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2016 winner was Rural Hawaii, owned by Michael & Helen O’Dwyer from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary with winning prize money of €125,000.