Saturday saw the quarter final round heats of the “Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake” take place at Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
24 Greyhounds competed in the quarter final, all vying for the coveted first prize of €80,000, with the 1st three greyhounds qualifying for the semi final on Saturday 28th March.
There was a large attendance for the quarter final round heats with significant interest from GAA clubs and greyhound people alike.
The Star of the quarter finals and still unbeaten is the Robert Gleeson trained Droopys Braedon as he won a thrilling contest in a brilliant 28.35.
He was contesting the second heat where he had big market rivals in Beaming Boost and the recently purchased and renamed Boylesports Jet (late Hoodwinked). A feature of Droopys Braedon’s running has been his stunning early pace and he once again shot out of the inside trap and raced clear to the bend from Beaming Boost and Boylesports Jet.
All is set to produce another exciting night of racing next weekend.
This Saturday March 28th, we look forward to the semi finals with great anticipation where the 1st three in each of the two semi finals will make it through to the Final on Saturday April 4th.
With a total prize fund of €160,000, it is the richest Puppy Stake in the world!. The event which is kindly sponsored by JP & Noreen McManus, also offers local GAA Clubs the opportunity to share in a €20,000 nominators prize fund.
Each Greyhound running in the stake is also linked to a GAA club from County Limerick. The overall winning nominator club will receive €10,000 and the fantastic opportunity to hold a fundraising night for their club at Limerick Greyhound Stadium at no cost. The nominator club in second and third position will win €5,000 and €2,000 respectively with the three unplaced nominators winning €1,000 each.
After racing the trap draw was made for the semi final rounds resulting in the following in trap order
|Heat 1||Greyhound Name||Club Assigned|
|Trap 1||Country Legend||Murroe Boher|
|Trap 2||Boherna Pedro||Camogue Rovers|
|Trap 3||Cunning Barney||Bohermore HB|
|Trap 4||Beaming Boost||Knockanie Ladies Football|
|Trap 5||Cable Bay||Fr Caseys|
|Trap 6||Liscahane Royal||Blackrock|
|Heat 2||Greyhound Name||Club Assigned|
|Trap 1||Droopys Breadon||Kilmallock|
|Trap 2||Pale Moon||St Senans|
|Trap 3||Fastaway Jayfkay||Kilteely/Dromkeen|
|Trap 4||Boylesports Jet||Ballybrown|
|Trap 5||Ivy Hill Bart||Galbally|
|Trap 6||Rural Hawaii||Old Christians|