The Ladbrokes Easter Cup is back at Shelbourne Park from Saturday 20th February.
First Round Heats: Saturday, 20th February 2021
Second Round Heats: Saturday, 27th February 2021
Semi-Finals: Saturday, 6th March 2021
Final: Saturday, 13th March 2021
*Racing behind closed doors
The Ladbrokes Easter Cup will offer a total prize fund of over €40,000 and will mark 93 years of the competition, having started in 1928 as the first ever open event to run in Ireland. Ladbrokes have a long history with racing at the Ringsend venue as having previously sponsored two other Classic events, the Ladbrokes Open 600 and the Irish Greyhound Derby.
Commenting on the announcement GRI CEO Gerard Dollard said, “Ladbrokes have always had a strong affinity to supporting top-class racing at Shelbourne Park. Their continued sponsorship of the Easter Cup, especially during the current difficult trading environment, demonstrates their support for the Irish greyhound industry"
Jackie Murphy Director for Ladbrokes Ireland added. "We are delighted to continue sponsorship of the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park for 2021, showing our commitment to Irish sport. The Easter Cup is a fantastic event in the sporting calendar. We would like to wish all involved the best of luck with the event this year".
For the latest news & updates on the Ladbrokes Easter Cup, keep an eye on Talking Dogs. Ian Fortune will be providing regular updates on all the action.
As racing takes place behind closed doors there will be no public admissions to the Easter Cup. Remember, Barking Buzz customers can bet on and watch racing live on their website or app.
⛔Over 18's only. Gamble Aware.⛔
The Ladbrokes Easter Cup was first run in Shelbourne Park in 1928, the first ever open event in Ireland. It has run almost every year since, with two exceptions in 1953 and 2017, and established itself as one of the great competition in greyhound sport.
The Easter Cup, run over the 550 yard distance, has traditionally attracted the top greyhounds in training and through the years some of the most famous names in the sport have competed. The original Easter Cup in 1928 was won by Odd Blade in 30.64. He also went on to win the second running of competition in 1929, beating Mick the Miller by half a length. Spanish Battleship won in 1954 and 1955 in the middle of his Derby hat-trick.