Greyhound stadium to cut race days

NEWBRIDGE Greyhound Stadium has announced a reduction in the number of it’s race days for 2012 due to a dwindling racing prize fund from the Irish Greyhound Board for this year.

NEWBRIDGE Greyhound Stadium has announced a reduction in the number of it’s race days for 2012 due to a dwindling racing prize fund from the Irish Greyhound Board for this year.

The CEO David Morgan, who quashed any rumours that the stadium is going to close, described it as a “matter of managing” their reduced prize money from the board which has dropped by 37 percent since 2009.

“Every track in the country has lost race nights,” he said.

“I’ve selected nights that we are not going to race - there is one this Saturday, two nights in February and one in March. It’s a matter of managing our prize funds so that for busier times of the season we will have a full compliment on those nights.”

Mr Morgan would not however disclose the exact amount allocated from the board for prize funds in 2012.

“I am still in negotiations with them,” he added. “I haven’t fully agreed our fund yet.”

A spokesperson for Irish Greyhound Board also refused to give the total funding for the year but stated that the Bord is “very committed to the on-going operation of Newbridge Greyhound Stadium”.

“There was a 26 percent drop in the Horse and Greyhound fund since 2009,” said Brian Purcell on behalf of the Board.

“And a drop of 11 percent since 2010 and there is no figure for 2011 as the track was closed for six months. The Board still won’t give the exact figure for 2012 but have confirmed that it is the same as the track in Mullingar which would be the same size but a more profitable track.”

Newbridge Greyhound Racing Stadium will not be racing on the following dates Saturday, January 14, Friday, February 3, Friday, February 17 and Friday, April 6. The date for March has still to be decided on.