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Greyhound board suspends racing

Updated: Friday, 05 Feb 2010 10:03

Greyhound board suspends racing

The Irish Greyhound Board has announced that no racing will take place at any of the nine tracks it owns and operates throughout Ireland before next Saturday, January 16 at the earliest. The only exception to this will be the potential racing fixture at both Harold's Cross and Youghal on Friday January 15.

The decision has been taken on the basis of the long term weather outlook over the next week and in order to provide certainty for greyhound professionals and race goers in the middle of the current freezing temperatures.

‘The safety of those in and around the sport who would have to travel, as well as of the greyhounds that would be racing is our primary concern,’ said Irish Greyhound Board Chief Executive Adrian Neilan.

‘With the current conditions showing no early sign of improvement we have acted decisively to put both short-term and long terms plans in place should this current weather continue.’

‘We will conduct a national inspection of all IGB tracks next Wednesday with a view to racing resuming wherever possible on Friday 15 or Saturday 16 January.’

‘We are conscious of the hardship this will cause for people within the sport at a difficult time but the maintenance of a safe racing surface and safe access to our facilities has to be assured before any track will re-open.’

‘Once a firm date is set for the continuation of racing we will work closely with industry stakeholders to finalize various options to ensure that greyhounds are ready to race.’