Dowling and O’ Connor Greyhounds Still Have Chances of €80,000 Kirby Glory
By Sean Cronin
Ballymacelligott-based trainer Liam Dowling and Scartaglin’s Maurice O’ Connor still have chances in the semi-final stages of one of the richest juvenile greyhound races in the world, following the quarter finals of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake 2019.
Dowling’s Ballymac Tas and Ballymac Syd both finished third in their respective quarter finals in times of 28.52 and 28.79, with O’ Connor’s Rattling Conor coming runner up in his heat in a time of 28.96.
Two semi-final races will be ran on Saturday night’s race card, with the top three in each semi progressing to the Kirby final, to be held on Easter Saturday.
The competition sees Limerick clubs share in the event fund, with each of the greyhounds in the event assigned to a club. The winning greyhound earns €80,000 for connections, with the greyhound’s assigned club receiving a nominator prize of €10,000 and a free benefit night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
Sponsored by Noreen and JP McManus in honour of her parents, Con & Annie Kirby, the competition has the biggest prize fund in Ireland after the Irish Greyhound Derby, with a total fund of €160,000. Limerick clubs avail of €20,000 of this prize money.
This year’s competition is the seventh annual running of the event, which first took place in 2013.
The Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake Final will be held at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Easter Saturday, April 20th.