18 greyhounds remain in with a chance of capturing the €30,000 winners’ prize in the 2019 Irish St Leger ahead of this weekend’s semi-final action.
The Leger is one of the most prestigious ‘Classic’ competitions in the Irish greyhound racing calendar and boasts a prize fund of over €60,000.
This past Saturday saw 36 greyhounds whittled down to 18, with the Graham Holland-trained Wolfe posting the best time of the round in an impressive 29.41 seconds. Other notable performances saw Derby third Run Happy, trained by Pat Buckley, and Robert Gleeson’s Lemon Ozzy both clocking 29.68 on the way to winning their respective heats.
This year’s event is sponsored by the ‘Friends of Limerick Greyhound Stadium’ group who have spearheaded a funding initiative that has enabled an increase in winning prize money as well as new competitions of the Leger Cup and Leger Plate which will be ran on Leger final night.
Racing Manager with Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Liam Kennedy, commented: “The second round heats of the 2019 Irish St Leger produced the track action that greyhound racing fans around Limerick and the rest of the country wait all year to see. We’re sure the semi-finals will provide the same this weekend. The first half of the competition has seen such high quality racing and we’re getting down to the nitty gritty now. I have no doubt the excitement will only increase as the climax of the competition draws ever closer on November 23rd. I want to wish the best of luck to all still involved.”
The 2019 Irish St Leger will for two more Saturdays, with the final being held on Saturday, November 23rd.