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Ladbrokes Easter Cup

2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup

Congratulations Knocknaboul Syd!

Massive congratulations to owner Pat McElligott, trainer Pat Buckley and the Buckley Greyhound Training team and breeder Tadgh Kelly and all connections as Knocknaboul Syd wins the 2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup.

Owner Pat McElligott with the 2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup winner Knocknaboul Syd Pic: Imelda Grauer

Owner Pat McElligott with the 2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup winner Knocknaboul Syd Pic: Imelda Grauer

Video: 2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final 

Knocknaboul Syd completed a dream weekend for Pat Buckley and his team as their charge won the the 2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final.

Join Ian Fortune on commentary from Shelbourne Park and Rob Catterson as he gets the reaction from winning trainer Pat Buckley.

If you cannot see the embedded video, click here to watch on our Youtube channel. 

2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final Virtual Programme

You may not be there but you don't need to miss a minute of the action. Watch the Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final live on TV on Racing Post Greyhound TV and follow along with your virtual race programme. 

If the embedded programme does not display correctly you can also view it via this link.

To make the programme easier to read, set it to full screen. You can do this by clicking on the rectangle with 4 white corners on the bottom right on a desktop or in the centre on mobile. 

Watch the Final LIVE on TV

Racing from Shelbourne Park on Saturday 13th March, including the 2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final, will be LIVE on TV on Racing Post Greyhound TV. 

Racing is behind closed doors but you don't have to miss a minute of the action. 

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Video: 2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Semi-Finals

Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final Draw
Saturday 13th March

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 Video: Talking Easter Cup Episode 1

2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Dates*

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

Ladbrokes return as sponsor in 2021

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".

Get all the Easter Cup news

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. 

You can also catch up on all the racing videos for free from Sunday morning on the GRI Results page. 

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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. 


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History of the Easter Cup

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.