Con Annie Kirby Worlds Richest Puppy Race 2017. Children from GAA clubs all over the City and County who took part in the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stakes Poster Competition at the Limerick Greyhound Stadium. Also in the picture John McCarthy Stadium Manager. Picture Michael Cowhey
Con Annie Kirby Worlds Richest Puppy Race 2017
The Race for €160,000 continues at Limerick Greyhound Stadium with the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Stake supports Limerick GAA clubs with €20,000.
Saturday, March 11, saw the first round heats of the “Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake” at Limerick Greyhound Stadium. With a total prize fund of €160,000, this is the richest event ever staged at an Irish Greyhound Stadium outside of Shelbourne Park. The event which is kindly sponsored by JP & Noreen McManus, also offers local GAA Clubs the opportunity to share in a €20,000 nominators prize fund.
Each greyhound running in the stake is also linked to a GAA club from County Limerick. The overall winning nominator club will receive €10,000 and the fantastic opportunity to hold a fundraising night for their club at Limerick Greyhound Stadium at no cost. The nominator club in second and third position will win €5,000 and €2,000 respectively, with the three unplaced nominators winning €1,000 each.
There were 12 first round heats, all vying for the coveted first prize of €80,000, with the first four dogs qualifying for the second round heats on Saturday 18th March.
There was a huge attendance for the first round heats with great interest from GAA clubs and greyhound people alike.
Racegoers at Limerick on Saturday night were treated to a feast of greyhound racing with a number of high-class performances in the first round of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Juvenile 525.
There was a splendid four-timer for Kerry owner/breeder/trainer Liam Dowling while there were doubles for Pat Buckley and Graham Holland. But the highlight of the night was the flying 28.35 run from the Fraser Black trained Vancouver Shea.
This Saturday we look forward to the second round heats with great anticipation where the first three in each of the eight heats will make it through to the quarter-finals on Saturday, March 25.
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