Ian Fortune

It’s wonderful to announce some great news on a Monday morning.

It may not have been the best kept secret in greyhound racing but it has been confirmed that BoyleSports are back to sponsor the Irish Greyhound Derby for a further three years, bringing their involvement in the classic to an incredible ten years. 

Over the past seven years, John Boyle and his firm have been rewarded with some truly memorable Derby finishes and, given the strength of the current crop of racers, the 2021 renewal should be amongst the very best yet. It was also confirmed that the firm will sponsor the for the same period Champion Stakes.

The Derby is set to commence on the weekend of August 13th and 14th, while the final is down for decision on Saturday, September 18th with the winner picking up a whopping €125,000 for their efforts. All the details and some reaction to the news can be found in the following statement:


BoyleSports Extends Sponsorship of Irish Greyhound Derby

Three-Year €1M Commitment Takes Total Sponsored Prize Fund Beyond €3M 

BoyleSports has renewed its sponsorship of the Irish Greyhound Derby with a three-year €1m commitment. The Irish Greyhound Derby is the most prestigious race on the Irish greyhound calendar. The renewed deal will take BoyleSports’ sponsorship of the event to 10 years, with the value of its sponsorship over this time set to exceed €3m.  

The early market with BoyleSports has the Liam Dowling-trained Ballymac Ariel as the 16/1 favourite, with the 2020 Juvenile Derby and recent Select Stakes champion Skywalker Barry at 20/1 alongside Con & Annie Kirby Memorial finalist Explosive Boy, 2020 Juvenile Derby finalist Knight Tornado and Broadstrand Ryan. 

BoyleSports will also be sponsoring the Champion Stakes at Shelbourne Park from 2021-2023. Run over 550 yards, the event traditionally attracts big names with many viewing it as the perfect entrée to the biggest Irish Greyhound competition, the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby. 
The 2021 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby was launched at Ireland’s premier greyhound stadium, Shelbourne Park on Monday 31st May under the watchful eye of champion greyhound himself Newinn Taylor and Timmy Holland, son of 2020 Derby-winning trainer Graham.  

Conor Gray, Chief Executive Officer at BoyleSports, said: “BoyleSports is privileged to extend its long-term relationship with the Irish Greyhound Derby. Obviously, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on all sports, including greyhound racing. So we are especially delighted that we can throw our weight behind the sector, that it will know it has a supportive friend in BoyleSports for the foreseeable future.” he continued, “This agreement extends our sponsorship to 10 years and sees the total prize fund over that time go through the €3M mark. There is no doubt we’re going to see another very competitive battle for the top prize this year and now we just can’t wait for the action to start in this year’s BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby.” 
Ger Dollard CEO of Rásaíocht Con Éireann commented at the launch:  "RCÉ is delighted with the three-year extension to the excellent partnership between RCÉ and Boylepsorts. It is a hugely positive announcement for the industry guaranteeing a very substantial prize fund for this prestigious competition up to 2023. The Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby is an eagerly anticipated competition with worldwide interest. We very much look forward to hearing the ‘Derby roar’ back at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium in September". 

Entries close Saturday 7th August 

The draw for the opening round of the BoyleSports Greyhound Derby will be made in the Oaks Suite, Shelbourne Park at 11am on Monday, August 9th.   

1st Round -                 Friday 13th & Saturday 14th August 

2nd Round -               Friday 20th & Saturday 21st August 

3rd Round -                Saturday 28th August 

Quarter-Finals -         Saturday 4th September 

Semi-Finals -               Saturday 11th September 

Final -                          Saturday 18th September