SLIDESHOW: Cappagh celebrations after Con and Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick Greyhound Stadium

Jerome O'Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O'Connell

DROOPYS Davy will be a name remembered by all that witnessed any of the rounds of the 2018 Con and Annie Kirby Memorial in Limerick Greyhound Stadium.

Last Saturday, Doon’s Pat Buckley made it a hat-trick of wins when Droopys Davy stormed to the title in 28.10 in the 525 stake final.

The Cappawhite based trainer will now surely have Droopys Davy as a real contender for the English Greyhound Derby, due to begin on Thursday week.

Droopys Davy won for Buckley, who collected this prize for the last two years with Droopys Roddick and Bentekes Bocko.

In the final just after 9.30 last Saturday night, all six top dogs broke evenly from the off with Blue East taking a short early lead to the first bend. By the second bend, Droopys Davy had taken the lead ahead of DaHeadHunter and Slippy Cian. The eventual winner kicked up a further gear on the back straight as the race appeared nearly over by the third bend, now three lengths separating the top two.

The final finish had the Cappagh GAA top dog finish by six lengths followed by DaHeadHunter (28.52), Slippy Cian (28.66), Master Jingles (28.97), Lemon Shane (29.08) and Blue East (29.53).

The winning time of 28.10 for Droopys Davy was his best performance of the competition, confirming that he is one to watch for the Derby on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Cappagh GAA club were linked to the winner as part of the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial and took home €10,000.

Castletown-Ballyagran GAA got €5,000 for their second placed DaHeadHunter while Fedamore collected €2,000 for Slippy Cian. Staker Wallace, Ballybricken-Bohermore and Caherline GAA receive €1,000 each for their nominated greyhounds in the final.

The Kirby Memorial is named in honour of Noreen McManus’ parents who were regular attendees at the former Markets Field venue.

Sponsors Noreen & JP McManus made the presentation to Mark Gilbert, co-owner of Droopys Davy with Michael Dunphy, along with connections of Cappagh and Limerick GAA.

The Kirby competition boasts a total prize fund of €160,000 making it the richest competition outside of Shelbourne Park.

The McManus’ support for the greyhound industry and Limerick GAA has seen over €720,000 distributed in the past five years and created a must-attend social event in Limerick.

Also on the night, Ower Boy Bullet won the Sean O’Connor Cup, a new addition for the sixth consecutive Kirby competition, named after the late Claughaun GAA stalwart, player and referee.

The QuickPark.ie Limerick Oaks Final saw Cabra Angel finish in 28.49 ahead of Ballinakil Clare (28.80). 

Elsewhere, the reigning Irish Greyhound Derby champion Good News returned to Limerick Stadium last Saturday as he launched the 2018 Greyhound and Petworld Golden Muzzle.

The 550 open event was won by Good News last year for his trainer Pat Guilfoyle in 29.56 ahead of Gulleen Billy and Lone Bullett.

”The Golden Muzzle is a terrific open competition and I must acknowledge Dominic Magnone and Kathleen Murphy of Greyhound and Petworld for their continued sponsorship of racing at Limerick in recent years," said Racing Manager Liam Kennedy.

This year’s top prize will see €4,000 and a trophy going to the winner with first round heats commencing on Saturday May 12.