The Irish Greyhound Board has announced that Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium will begin racing for three nights a week from next month.
This reverts to the situation that applied up to 2017 when Curraheen Park raced on a three night per week schedule.
Curraheen Park will race on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, with Wednesday becoming Curraheen’s designated SIS night.
The current Wednesday SIS meeting at Youghal Greyhound Stadium will switch to a Friday night.
The move arises out of the necessity to continue drive and build business for Curraheen Park. The IGB is also conscious of issues currently being experienced with increasing dog pools in Curraheen Park and Youghal, with dog pools at both tracks to be merged for racing management and SIS purposes.
CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, Gerard Dollard, commented: “Cork’s unique status as the second largest city in the country is something the IGB is acutely aware of and this new arrangement intends to take advantage of that. A new Business Development Executive was recently appointed at Curraheen Park, which gives us further scope to sell and promote the stadium’s brand. The one-off extra night’s racing that took place in Curraheen Park in March and April were received very positively. The switch of the SIS meeting to Friday night at Youghal will also be of benefit to the local holiday market and should represent a boost for attendances at the Youghal track.”
The arrangement will remain in place until December 2019, with a two night schedule on Wednesdays (SIS) and Saturdays intended to operate from January – March 2020. The performance of the three night schedule will the reviewed at the end of 2019.
The arrangement is intended to begin on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019.