Paul Hennessy with Jaytee Barracuda, Michael Cronin with Hey Bound and Timothy Holland with Sonic ahead of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby semi-finals.
Four Tipperary trained greyhounds will take to the traps for the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby semi-finals live on RTÉ 2 this weekend at Shelbourne Park in Dublin.
Graham Holland’s ‘Black Farren’ and ‘Sonic’, along with Michael O’Donovan’s ‘Buckos Dream’, and Patrick Guilfoyle’s ‘Good News’ will battle it out for a chance of landing a final spot and banking a share of the €287,500 prize fund.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby was thrown wide open on Monday morning when it was announced that Clares Rocket, trained by Cashel’s Graham Holland, had sustained a wrist injury in last Saturday’s quarter–final of the classic and will not be taking his place in the second semi-final.
The BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby is the most prestigious race in the Irish greyhound calendar, with a winner’s prize of €150,000.
The semi-finals will be held this Saturday 16th September at Shelbourne Park, followed by the final on Saturday 23rd September. Both the semi-finals and final will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2 and online to a worldwide audience on the RTÉ website and RTÉ Player.
In recent years, the Irish Greyhound Derby has seen strong competition from across all regions. The BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2016 winner was Rural Hawaii, owned by Clonmel’s Michael and Helen O’Dwyer, who took home a whopping €125,000.
2017 Irish Greyhound Derby semi-final draw:
4.Tyrur Harold (m)
5.Bockos Dream (w)
6.Jaytee Barracuda (w)
4.Kilgraney Ace (w)
5.Jaytee Jet (w).