Six greyhounds and their connections still harbour dreams of glory going into Saturday’s Greyhound Irish St Leger final in Limerick, worth €30,000 to the winner.
A large crowd is expected inside Limerick Greyhound Stadium for the finale of the competition. 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.
The semi-final action saw Wolfe, trained by Graham Holland, posting 29.55, the fastest time of the round, with his kennelmate Murts Boher qualifying from the same heat. Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Anton and Holland’s Toto’s Park won the remaining heats, with English Leger winning trainer Brendan Maunsell’s Cash Is King and the fourth of Graham Holland’s charges, Lenson Austin, rounding off the finalists.
Racing Manager at Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Liam Kennedy, commented:
“Saturday’s event is one of the biggest nights of the year here in Limerick Greyhound Stadium. It’s been high-quality and high-drama for the last three weekends and now 72 dogs have become 6. I have no doubt that this weekend’s final will live up to its billing and the winner will certainly have earnt their prize. It has been a special Leger this year with a community feel to it, thanks to the support of the hard working committee within the Friends of Limerick Greyhound Stadium group. I want to wish the very best of luck to all six finalists and their connections for Saturday.”
Doors at Limerick Greyhound Stadium open at approx. 6.00pm on Saturday evening, with the Leger final itself getting underway at around 9.40pm
2019 ‘Friends of Limerick Greyhound Stadium’ Irish St Leger Final, trap draw:
- Murts Boher (owned by Laurence O’ Rourke, trained by Graham Holland)
- Wolfe (owned by Marian Moloney, trained by Graham Holland)
- Ballymac Anton (owned and trained by Liam Dowling)
- Totos Park (owned by Denis Fogarty & Tony McCormack, trained by Graham Holland)
- Lenson Austin (owned by Leonard Ponder, trained by Graham Holland)
- Cash Is King (owned by Smart Teacher Syndicate, trained by Brendan Maunsell)
Prize money breakdown:
Winner – €30,000
Runner-up – €8,000
Third – €4,000
3x unplaced finalists – €2,750 (x3)
12x unplaced semi-finalists – €500 (x12)
18x unplaced second round – €175 (x18)
Heat winners €150 each