GRI is currently operating on the basis of a resumption of trialling activity with effect from 8th June and a resumption of racing activity behind closed doors from 29th June 2020.  In the event that racing activity resumes earlier than 29th June, Greyhound Racing Ireland will be in a position to accommodate the same.

Significant work has been done on the compilation of a racing calendar for the remainder of 2020.  The work on the calendar has been based on:

  • Ensuring that all classic events, where possible, are held during 2020.
  • That the racing schedule caters for all categories of greyhound e.g. novice, juvenile, bitches etc. and all distances e.g. sprint, middle and long-distance events.
  • Engagement with our sponsors many of whom, it is appreciated, is currently operating in a very difficult commercial environment.

The calendar below sets out the proposed racing schedule with effect from 29th June 2020.  This schedule covers all major events.  Local events will be dealt with at local track level in conjunction with the sponsors of these events. 


Rásaíocht Con Éireann revised fixtures by start date
Event Track Distance Grade  Start Date Final
National Produce Stakes (Classic) (Jan 18 whelps) Clonmel 525 AAO (2) 12/07/2020        02/08/2020
Shelbourne Park Unraced 525 Stake Shelbourne 525 ON1 16/07/2020 06/08/2020
Corn Cuchulainn (Classic) Shelbourne 750 DDO 17/07/2020 08/08/2020
GRI National Sprint (Classic) Dundalk 400 SSO 17/07/2020 15/08/2020
Open Bitch Stake Cork 550 AAO (B) 18/07/2020 01/08/2020
Champion Stakes Shelbourne 550 AAO 18/07/2020 25/07/2020
Tipperary Cup Thurles 525 AAO 18/07/2020 01/08/2020
Shelbourne Park Puppy Oaks (August '18 or younger) Shelbourne 525 AAO (BP) 25/07/2020 08/08/2020
Open Unraced Stake Waterford 525 ON1 08/08/2020 22/08/2020
Irish Greyhound Derby (Classic) Shelbourne 550 AAO 14/08/2020 19/09/2020
Cambridgeshire Open 750 Limerick 750 DDO 22/08/2020 05/09/2020
Champion Open Unraced Stake  - Kilkenny Kilkenny 525 ON1 28/08/2020 11/09/2020
Munster Oaks Waterford 525 AAO (B) 29/08/2020 12/09/2020
Mini-Open Stake Cork 525 AO 12/09/2020 19/09/2020
Juvenile Derby (Classic) (Sept'18 or younger)  Shelbourne 525 AAO (J) 18/09/2020 17/10/2020
Irish Greyhound Laurels (Classic) Cork 525 AAO 26/09/2020 17/10/2020
Irish Cesarewitch (Classic) Mullingar 600 AAO 03/10/2020 24/10/2020
Future Champion Unraced Stake Enniscorthy 525 ON1 05/10/2020 25/10/2020
"Fair Warrior" 400 Mullingar 400 SSO 10/10/2020 31/10/2020
Irish Oaks (Classic) Shelbourne 525 AAO (B) 24/10/2020 14/11/2020
Irish St. Leger (Classic) Limerick 550 AAO 31/10/2020 28/11/2020
Open 525 Stake (Jan '19 or younger) Shelbourne 525 AAO (P) 14/11/2020 05/12/2020
Curraheen Park Unraced Stake Cork 525 ON1 21/11/2020 12/12/2020
Irish Grand National (Classic) Cork 525H HO 21/11/2020 05/12/2020
Night of Stars Shelbourne various various 05/12/2020 05/12/2020
Open 575 Stake Cork 575 AAO 05/12/2020 19/12/2020
Shelbourne Marathon Shelbourne 1010 DDO 11/12/2020 19/12/2020
Kingdom Derby Tralee 525 AAO 11/12/2020 22/12/2020
Open 600 (Classic) Shelbourne 600 AAO 12/12/2020 02/01/2021
Shelbourne Christmas Oaks 525 Shelbourne 525 AAO (B) 12/12/2020 02/01/2021


Greyhound Racing Ireland is committed to ensuring that the schedule of events occurs during 2020.  Discussions will continue with relevant sponsors in that regard.  In the event that a sponsor for understandable reasons is not in a position to commit to the event, Greyhound Racing Ireland undertakes to run the event either with an alternative sponsor or with a reduction in the prize money pot. 

Greyhound Racing Ireland has undertaken advanced work at all tracks to ensure that activities can operate in a COVID-19 compliant environment.  The commencement of trial activity will occur on 8th June 2020 with the initiation of an intensive schedule of trialling at tracks.

The arrangements for trialling are subject to a separate notification on Talking Dogs.  Trial schedules will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in the lead up to ‘racing behind closed doors’ currently scheduled for 29th June 2020

Please note that Greyhound Racing Ireland will be operating a cashless system with effect from 8th June 2020 and all payments for trials and entry fees must be made by way of Debit/Credit Card.