Thousands made their way to Shelbourne Park to witness Slippery Robert win the Final of the ETS Irish Greyhound Derby.
As the finalists went to traps, PJ and Conor Fahy’s Tyrur Sugar Ray was the favourite to win, however he finished third behind Slippery Robert and Cabra Buck.
When traps opened Cabra Buck and Carrowgarriff were first to hit the ground with Ballymac Vic. They raced to the bend and Cabra Buck cleared the corner but Ballymac Vic held up Tyrur Sugar Ray, who has to run out and lost valuable ground.
Cabra Buck led into the back by just a length from Slippery Robert; who then took the lead on the third bend before running clear up the straight to win by two lengths from Cabra Buck in 29.49 with Tyrur Sugar Ray getting a run late to finish another two lengths back in third.
The winning trainer, Robert Gleeson from Rathangan, Co. Kildare, is still in his early twenties, and no doubt he will remember Saturday 14th September 2013 long in to old age. Robert was training for owner and breeder, Dundalk man, Larry Dunne, who is a well known face in the Irish greyhound racing scene. The ETS Irish Greyhound Derby Final was worth €125,000 to the winner, and the competition offered €240,000 in prize money. Slippery Robert’s win was the first Derby Final win from trap 6 in 16 years, in a race that was the first five dog final since 1972.
Full result of the 2013 ETS Irish Greyhound Derby Final:
Place Trap Greyhound
1 6 Slippery Robert
2 5 Cabra Buck
3 2 Tyrur Sugar Ray
4 3 Carrowgarriff
5 1 Ballymac Vic
Trap 4 Kereight King was a non-runner due to injury
The ETS Irish Greyhound Derby is Ireland’s most prestigious and valuable greyhound racing event, and is run over 550yds in Shelbourne Park each September. Over 120 greyhounds took part in this year’s Derby, which has been running since early August.
RTE 2 broadcast live from Shelbourne Park for the ETS Irish Greyhound Derby Final, and this programme is currently available to view on the RTE Player. The race is also available on the IGB website (igb.ie), Facebook (facebook.com/