Clonbrien Hero in line to break 46 year record in Limerick's Leger

Jerome O'Connell

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Clonbrien Hero in line to break 46 year record in Limerick's Leger

Paul Maher, of the Tote in Limerick Greyhound Stadium, with the trophy that the winner of the Barking Buzz App St Leger will receive

CLONBRIEN Hero remains on track to become just the second dog to retain Limerick’s Irish St Leger title.

Since the 550 yards classic was first run in the old Markets Field in 1944, just one greyhound has put Leger titles back-to-back and that was Time Up Please in 1971-72 – trained by Ger McKenna.

Reigning champions Clonbrien Hero is now down to the final 12 of the 2018 event for Athlacca owner Kay Murphy.

The Graham Holland trained champion is in the first of next Saturday’s semi finals.

The Murphy-Holland combination have two dogs remaining – Clonbrien Prince in the second of the semi finals.

The Athlacca pair are the last of the locals that remain in the race for the €60,000 Barking Buzz App St Leger title.

Both semi final races will be ran on Saturday night’s race-card in Greenpark, with the top three in each semi progressing to the November 3 St Leger final.

Along with the Clonbrien duo, Lenson Blinder and Gurteen Feather are among the other notable names that will be taking their places in the traps on Saturday night.

“What a few weeks it has been here at Greenpark. Sixty dogs have now been whittled down to twelve for the Barking Buzz App Irish St Leger, with some of the highest quality greyhound racing you will see in this country. The Leger always attracts the best calibre of dogs and trainers nationwide, but this year, as with most years, there are some high class local connections that have made their presence felt over the last few Saturdays as well,” commented Racing manager with Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Liam Kennedy.

“There’s been a real buzz in the air over the last few weeks as we get closer and closer to crowning the overall Leger winner for 2018. It’s been a Classic in every sense of the word so far and we’re all really looking forward to hosting semi final night here at Limerick Greyhound Stadium. I want to wish the very best of luck to the twelve semi finalists and their connections,” said Kennedy.

This Saturday for the Leger semi final night, Limerick Greyhound Stadium is offering free entry to those who are wearing their club colours, or present a match ticket or programme, following Saturday's Limerick SHC final between Doon and Na Piarsaigh, which starts at 7.30 in the Gaelic Grounds.