Graham Holland had three dogs in the Boylesports Irish Derby semi-finals and all three qualified for next Saturday’s final.
The icing on this particular cake was that Sonic and Rural Hawaii won their heats impressively while Sidarian Pearl also qualified comfortably in third place.
The other big story is that last year’s champion Ballymac Matt finished third behind Sonic and Liam Dowling’s dog will be bidding to become only the second greyhound ever to successfully defend his title. The line-up for the final will be completed by Gerry Melia’s Holycross Leah and Owen McKenna’s Escapism. It has all the ingredients for a very special contest on a very special occasion.
Don’t forget that the Final will be Live on RTE 2 from 20.00-21.30 & you can view it online worldwide on RTÉ Player live! Doors will open at 16.00 and the first race will be at the earlier time of 19.20. Congratulations to all involved!
For full details on all aspects of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2016 please log on to www.igb.ie.
Those through to the final are
Boylesports Derby Final
|1 Holycross Leah||Mary Melia||Kildare||James Melia||Naas, Co. Kildare|
|2 Sidarian Pearl||The-Sidarian-Syndicate c/o I. McGinnis||England||Graham Holland||Tipperary|
|3 Ballymac Matt (M)||Ballymac Kelly and the Lads c/o Kelly Macari||England||Liam Dowling||Kerry|
|4 Sonic (M)||Marian Molony||Cork||Graham Holland||Tipperary|
|5 ESCAPISM (W)||Eimear Coffey||Cork||Owen McKenna||Tipperary|
|6 RURAL HAWAII (W)||Helen O’Dwyer||Tipperary||Graham Holland||Tipperary|