Patrick Flynn, Nicola McGeeady, Head of PR at Ladbrokes, Alison White, Marketing Manager at Ladbrokes, Derek Frehill, Racing Manager at Shelbourne Park. Picture: Imelda Grauer
Longford will be represented by Gurteen Feather in tonight’s €50,000 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final in Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium.
The greyhound, owned by Reggie Walsh in Gurteenorna and trained by David Murray in Mullingar, came third in his semi final last Saturday night in a time of 29.87, two lengths behind winner Clona Blaze.
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Clona Blaze, an Irish Greyhound Derby finalist last year, leads the current betting for the final with Ladbrokes at 9/4. Droopys Davy – the winner of the 2018 Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake - is next at 5/2.
Lenson Blinder follows at 11/4, with 2018 Clonbrien Prince fourth in the betting at 4/1. Braveheart Bobby and Gurteen Feather round off the betting at 12/1 and 16/1 respectively.
Patrick Flynn, Sales, Commercial & Operations Manager at Shelbourne Park, said: “It’s been high-quality and high-drama for the last four weekends and now forty eight dogs have become six. I have no doubt that this weekend’s final will live up to its billing and the winner will certainly have earned their prize. The Easter Cup has been referred to as a Classic and it has been that and more so far this year, with the final still to come. There is huge excitement and anticipation building here at Shelbourne Park for the big night. I want to wish the very best of luck to all six finalists and their connections for Saturday.”
The competition, ran over 550 yards, traditionally attracts the top Irish greyhounds in training, with this year’s winner receiving €25,000.
The Ladbrokes Easter Cup is one of 14 ‘Classic’ races in the Irish greyhound calendar and one of six to be held in Shelbourne Park, along with the Irish Greyhound Derby among others.
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 semi finals - €1,500 each, 2nd round - €200 (x12), All heats - €250 (x12)
2019 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final trap Draw (to be ran Saturday, March 9):
1. Gurteen Feather
2. Clonbrien Prince
3. Braveheart Bobby
4. Lenson Blinder
5. Droopys Davy
6. Clona Blaze