Irish Derby Preview

Both Razls to Dazzle some Dreamz in this years Derby
Introducing the Finalists for The Irish Derby
· €120,000 Guaranteed to winner
· €225,000 Overall prize fund
· Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby Final: Saturday 10th September
· 24 Trial Stakes completed at 16 Irish, 2 Northern Irish and 6 English tracks
With only days left to this year’s Irish Greyhound Derby this Saturday in Shelbourne Park, two of the competition favorites Razldazl Bugatti and Razldazl George have made it to the final 6 to contend for the title of the richest dog race in the world. Kildare woman Dolores Ruth trains both and at least one has been hotly tipped all along by Ladbrokes. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the final in Shelbourne Park for the highlight of the Irish Greyhound racing calendar.

Profiles for each of the finalists as follows:

bk.d. June ’09 by Brett Lee/ Razldazl Pearl
Owners: Dazzling Syndicate, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
Breeder: Liam Marks & Dolores Ruth, Dundalk & Rathangan
Trainer: Dolores Ruth, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
Ladbrokes’ Odds: 5-2

bk.d. October ’08 by Black Shaw/ Madam Hero
Owner: John Egan, Glanmire, Co. Cork
Breeder: Ted Fitzgerald, Cahir, Co. Tipperary
Trainer: Tom O’Neill, Castletownroche, Co. Cork
Ladbrokes’ Odds: 7-1

bk.d. May ’09 by Head Bound/ Three Star Gem
Owners: Jimmy Ferncombe & Clive Taylor, Co. Tipperary
Breeder: Maurice Ryan, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
Trainer: Peter Cronin, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny
Ladbrokes’ Odds: 12-1

bd.d. November ’08 by Kinloch Brae/ Razldazl Pearl
Owners: Dazzling Syndicate, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
Breeder: Liam Marks, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Trainer: Dolores Ruth, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
Ladbrokes’ Odds: 3-1

bk.d. July ’07 by Droopys Maldini/ Frontier Music
Owners: Laurence Blunt & Martin Wakefield, Bucks, England
Breeder: John McCarthy, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny
Trainer: Fraser Black, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
Ladbrokes’ Odds: 7-1

bk.d. May ’09 by Westmead Hawk/ Droopys Bubble
Owner: Richard Forrest, Essex, England
Breeder: Sean Dunphy, Ballyvalican, Co. Waterford
Trainer: Ronny Wuyts, Golden, Co. Tipperary
Ladbrokes’ Odds: 2-1

RTE Two will be showing the Irish Greyhound Derby on Saturday from 9pm to 10pm and also on RTE Radio 1 Long wave and Radio 1 Extra from 9pm – 10pm.

Some Fast Facts about the Derby from Ladbrokes:
· Approx €2m across all channels was gambled overall on the Derby last year
· Approx 350k for this was placed in the week leading up the final and 275k on the night
· With 5 nights to go, approx €1.4m has been placed on the Derby so far this year
· The largest single bet placed with Ladbrokes on the Derby was last year, 1/1 (evens) 50k Tyrur McGuigan 13th Aug 2011, Derby heats (he won 1/2)

Some Fast Facts about the Irish Greyhound Industry:
· The greyhound industry employs over 10,300 people
· Since 2002 over 10 million people have attended greyhound racing meetings
· There are 17 greyhound racetracks in Ireland
· Over €7 million per year is raised at greyhound meetings for charitable causes
· 78% of dogs racing in the UK are born in Ireland
· Nearly €7 million per year is spent on stud fees
· €58 million a year is spent on training greyhounds
· €244 million is spent by Irish people on keeping greyhounds each year
· Since 2002 over €1 billion has been gambled on greyhound racing
· Bord na gCon (IGB) generated a combined Cash surplus of 13.9 million during the four year recessionary period 2007-2010. However this figure was 11.5% higher than the tiger economy fuelled years from 2003-2006
· Bord na gCon (IGB) has reduced its yearly operating costs by 43% since 2007 with over a 30% reduction in labour costs
· Average employee salary excluding pension contributions is 41K
· When you deduct bookmakers contributions as well as vat, PRSI paid by Bord na gCon then Bord na gCon is cost free to central taxpayers whilst providing over 10K jobs
· 133,865 people have booked in via the IGB sales center and online portal for our corporate packages so far in 2011
· Over 30K tourists will visit our stadia this year (German, French, Dutch principally)

Hayley O’Connor of Ladbrokes said: “The competition has been a real rollercoaster this year and I don’t think anyone could have predicted this line up for the final. It is an excellent mix of talent new and old, with the likes of Krug Ninety Five facing the rising star Razldazl Bugatti.”
O’Connor added: “It is a wonderful contest that appeals to everyone, from hardened fans to the less experienced punter looking for a night out. Ladbrokes are very proud to be at the heart of the action for the greatest greyhound race in the world.”


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