Kildare dog trainer Robinson eyes cup glory

Greyhound finale

Leader Reporter


Leader Reporter


Kildare dog trainer Robinson eyes cup glory

Nicola McGeeady of Labrokes

Kildare trainer James Robinson remains in the race for the €50,000 Ladbrokes Easter Cup in Shelbourne Park ahead of semi final weekend.


Uncle Wexford, who Robinson also owns, made it through his second round heat in a time of 29.82 and will take to the traps for the Athy-based trainer in trap 3 of the second of Saturday night’s semi finals.


2018 Derby finalists Magical Bale and Clona Blaze, Leger finalist Clonbrien Prince and 2018 Con & Annie Kirby winner Droopys Davy are among the notable names that will be taking their places in the traps on Saturday night having come through the earlier rounds.


Patrick Flynn, Sales, Commercial & Operations Manager at Shelbourne Park, commented: “The Ladbrokes Easter Cup always attracts the best calibre of dogs and trainers nationwide. There’s been a real buzz in the air over the last few weeks as we get closer and closer to crowning the overall Easter Cup winner for 2019. 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 Shelbourne Park. I want to wish the very best of luck to the twelve semi finalists and their connections.”


The competition, ran over 550 yards, traditionally attracts the top Irish greyhounds in training, with this year’s winner receiving €25,000.


The Ladbrokes Easter Cup is one of 14 ‘Classic’ races in the Irish greyhound calendar and one of six to be held in Shelbourne Park, along with the Irish Greyhound Derby among others.


The final of the competition will be held on Saturday, March 9 at Shelbourne Park.