The Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby came to a conclusion on Saturday night with Ballyanne Sim – the outsider of the field at 12/1 – taking home the €140,000 prize for former Wexford hurler Eamon Cleary.
Shelbourne Park was packed with 5,000 spectators and the race was broadcast live on RTÉ.
The Consolation race provided one of the stories of the night with the winning dog owned by 24 year old Spina Bifida sufferer Colin Barry present to see his Newhall Missile come home first.
“Tonight was the culmination of a thrilling six weekends of action at Shelbourne Park, with thousands of spectators enjoying high-quality racing,” said Irish Greyhound Board CEO Gerard Dollard.
“It was one of the most successful Derby final nights in recent years, with 5,000 people coming through the turnstiles. Many of these availed of the stadium’s top class food and hospitality packages and Tote facilities.”
“The whole event was a milestone for the sport and the whole occasion and atmosphere showcased what the sport has to offer across the country.”
“The racing all night was outstanding and the Derby itself was a Classic in every sense. My congratulations go to Ballyanne Sim’s owner Eamon Cleary, trainer James Robinson and all involved in their victory. I’d also like to congratulate all other participants – with a special congratulations to Colin Barry and connections of Newhall Missile – on what was a fantastic night’s racing.”
Minister of State for Food, Forestry & Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD, was among a number of notable guests at the event.
138 Derby entries were submitted this year – an increase of almost 10% on last year’s submissions.
The final of Irish greyhound racing’s biggest event – now in its 87th year – was broadcast live on RTE 2 and is still available to view to a worldwide audience on the RTE player.
BoyleSports, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker, signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Irish Greyhound Board in 2017. It will deliver €1 million in prize money to greyhound owners, breeders and trainers.
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