At the launch of the 2011 Ladbrokes.com Irish Greyhound Derby Galway bred brothers, Tyrur Big Mike and Tyrur McGuigan, who claimed 1st and 2nd place in the 2010 event, were joined by another pair of famous Galway brothers, Joe and Ollie Canning.
The final of the Ladbrokes.com Irish Greyhound Derby on Saturday September 10th will be broadcast live on RTE 2 from 9.00pm- 10.00pm with the winner receiving €120,000. Every heat from the first round on August 4th through to the Quarter Finals will be broadcast live to all Ladbrokes shops in the UK to promote Irish Greyhound racing.
The Irish Greyhound Derby has been running since 1928, receiving classic status in 1932, with race sponsors Ladbrokes.com coming onboard in 2010 in a three year deal partnering with one of the most prestigious and popular races of the Greyhound racing calendar.
Ladbrokes have a long standing history of supporting Irish Greyhound racing and Shelbourne Park with their sponsorship of the Ladbrokes 600.
The event offers a massive prize fund of €225,000 and is run over a distance of 550yds at Shelbourne Park with qualifying rounds beginning on 3rd August. The winner receives €120,000, the runner-up will receive €30,000; third €15,000 and three unplaced finalists €7,500 each.
Speaking at the launch, Phil Meaney, Chairman of IGB said:
“The continued support of Ladbrokes for our blue riband event is a marvellous vote of confidence in the sport of greyhound racing. Their involvement has helped us to ensure that the legacy of Ireland hosting the most exciting greyhound race in the world continues”.
“We are looking forward to another thrilling competition culminating in what can only described as the best night on the racing calendar – Saturday 10th September in Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium – The Final of the Ladbrokes.com Irish Greyhound Derby!”
Joe Lewins, Managing Director of Ladbrokes said:
“Last year was a fantastic success for our inaugural sponsorship of this prestigious race. By showing a live feed of the heats direct into our UK shops it brought the event to a wider audience and with the Australian contingent set to participate, this year’s renewal will have an even greater global audience.Greyhound racing is ingrained in our sporting history and Ladbrokes are proud to give our support to its greatest tradition of The Derby.”
The heats for the Ladbrokes.com Derby are as follows:
First round: Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th & Saturday 6th August
Second round: Thursday 11th & Saturday 13th August
Third round: Saturday 20th August
Quarter- Finals: Saturday 27th August
Semi- Finals: Saturday 3rd September
Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby Final: Saturday 10th September
Ladbrokes.com Irish Greyhound Derby 2011 Odds
Tyrur Big Mike 14
Razldazl Jayfkay 14
Broadstrand Lad 16
Droopys Greg 16
Razldazl George 16
Barefoot Bullet 20
Deerfield Music 20
Tyrur McGuigan 20
Leeview Jet 25
Paradise Casino 25
Slick Seattle 25
Tyrur Enda 25
Blue Artisan 33
Droopys Joe 33
Melodys Royal 33
Dalcash Cardosa 40
Droopys Twirl 40
Tyrur McGuigan & Tyrur Big Mike Specials
To be 1st & 2nd in either order in the 2011 Derby Final 150/1
Both to make the 2011 Derby Final 40/1
Both to make the semi finals 12/1