Ian Fortune

Just days after the unveiling of the GRI Winter Racing Festival, it has been announced that Racing Post Greyhound Television will be showing the second evening of the festival as part of their live programme on Saturday, December 5th.

The wonderful news broke on Tuesday evening and it has already been very well received. The entire thirteen-race card will be shown live, including the feature, the final of the IGOBF National Puppy Stake.

It’s hoped that most of Ireland’s very best greyhounds will be in action on the night and both Graham Holland and Pat Buckley have intimated that they are hoping to run their respective Derby winners, Newinn Taylor and Deerjet Sydney.

Of course, it’s not the first time RPGTV has shown action from Shelbourne Park. Earlier in the year, the channel did greyhound enthusiasts a great service by showing the Boylesports Irish Derby. In all, they showed four rounds of the classic including comprehensive coverage of Derby final night.

The fact that the Winter Festival will be shown on television will come as a real shot in the arm as it is still unknown whether any punters will be allowed on track on the night.

Clive Lawrence, executive producer of RPGTV, said of the news, “RPGTV aims to bring our viewers the best quality racing and we’re therefore delighted to be able to show the concluding night of the Winter Festival. 
“The card will be packed full of the best greyhounds In Ireland competing against each other and it promises to be a real treat for greyhound fans.
“Our expanded coverage of the recent [BoyleSports] Irish Derby was very well received in both Ireland and the UK and showed there is a real appetite for high class cards wherever they are.”

Ger Dollard, CEO of Greyhound Racing Ireland, is also excited about the news, saying, "We are very much looking forward to the festival of racing at Shelbourne Park on 5th December next. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic on the track performances of the top greyhounds in a range of competitions during the year. Covid restrictions prevents the attendance of supporters of the sport at Shelbourne Park so we are delighted that RPGTV will carry all the action live and ensure everyone with an interest in greyhound racing can be part of and enjoy what will be a super night of top-class greyhound racing".