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Top prize up for grabs at Northern Ireland's richest ever greyhound event

Published 03/06/2011

Northern Ireland's richest ever greyhound event starts tomorrow at Drumbo Park with the heats of the Northern Irish Derby, which offers a top prize of £25,000.

The finals will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on Saturday, June 25 when a bumper crowd is sure to pack the local venue.

Ulster's first Greyhound Derby is set to join three prestigious Classics, including Wimbledon, and become one of greyhound racing's most prestigious events.

Sky Sports veteran Gary Newbon said: "The Sky Sports team are excited to cover yet another new venue."

Drumbo Racing Manager John Connor commented: "We've had a very good response. The dogs entered are from all over the country, including the rest of the UK, which is nice to see."

Top local trainer Seamus McGarry, who has entered Drumna Windsor in the event, said: "Almost everyone I know wants to be in this Derby as it's the first for Northern Ireland."

Additional races have been introduced alongside the Derby to create a finals night with the total prize pot exceeding £70,000.

The heats take place tomorrow night, quarter-finals on June 11, semis on June 18 with the finals one week later.

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