Skywalker Puma wins Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby in fastest Final ever
Skywalker Puma won the Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby on Saturday night in Shelbourne Park, as he ran to victory in 29.39, the fastest Derby Final win over 550yds. Owned by Raymond Patterson in Devon, Skywalker Puma is trained by Frances O’Donnell in Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Frances, who is a sister of last year’s winning trainer, Dolores Ruth, celebrated a fourth Derby win for the O’Donnell household with trainer husband, Matt. A massive crowd of over 6,000 people were in Shelbourne Park for the Final, which was worth €120,000, plus trophy to the winner. Skywalker Puma is a son of Royal Impact and Dianas Ranger, bred by Paddy Purtill from Kerry.
Result of the 2012 Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby Final
Place Greyhound Time Distances
1 Skywalker Puma 29.39
2 Cuil Cougar nk
3 Razldazl George 3.5L
4 Coolykereen Imp .75L
5 Tyrur Sugar Ray 1L
6 Camas nk
RTE2 broadcast live on the night, and the programme is currently available online on rte.ie/player. Greyhound View will be carrying all the action on Thursday night on TG4 & Setanta; and the highlights of all the rounds are available Youtube.com/irishgreyhoundboard.
Dublin trainer, Marie Gilbert, was named Best Dressed Lady on the night, winning a fantastic Getaway break in Limerick, including a stay in the 4 Star Clarion Hotel, a VIP night in Limerick Greyhound Stadium, and €500 spending money.
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The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) / Bord na gCon are responsible for the control and development of the greyhound industry in the Republic of Ireland. The Irish Greyhound Board has licensed a total of seventeen tracks in the Republic, of which nine are owned and controlled by the Board. The remainder are owned and operated by private enterprise. There are also a further three privately owned stadiums in Northern Ireland.
The greyhound industry in Ireland makes a very valuable contribution to rural economic and social life and as such is a sector that is deserving of attention, recognition and support. The industry employs just over 10,300 people directly and indirectly. The gross wage bill generated by this employment is estimated at €207 million per annum and the tax contribution from this employment is estimated at €21 million.
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