Limerick dog in derby semi-final

Kilmallock’s Mary Walsh carries the Limerick hopes this Saturday night in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby in Shelbroune Park.

Kilmallock’s Mary Walsh carries the Limerick hopes this Saturday night in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby in Shelbroune Park.

Mary’s Newlawn Tock runs in the second of the semi-finals this Saturday night.

Trained in Cork by John Cusack, Newlawn Tock runs from trap six.

The Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby threw up a shock last weekend, as favourite Ballymac Vic exited the competition in the Quarter Finals.

The 12 remaining hopefuls are now just one run from a place in the coveted Derby final on Saturday September 8.

Tyrur Sugar Ray has moved in to favourite position with the sponsors, Ladbrokes, after he put in the third fastest performance over 500yards in Shelbourne Park’s history.

The Limerick hoperful, Newlawn Tock is seen as the outsider of the semi-finals - listed at 33-1 with the bookies to collect the top prize.

The Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby offers over €225,000 in prizemoney, with €120,000 and a trophy to the winner.

The classic, which is the highlight of the Irish greyhound racing calendar, celebrates it’s 80th anniversary this year.