Ireland’s premier greyhound stadium, Shelbourne Park will see the return of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup beginning on Saturday 22nd February and running over four weeks with the final on Saturday, 14th March.
The Ladbrokes Easter Cup will offer a total prize fund of over €40,000 and will mark 92 years of the competition, having started in 1928 as the first ever open event to run in Ireland. Ladbrokes have a long history with racing at the Ringsend venue as having previously sponsored two other Classic events, the Ladbrokes Open 600 and the Irish Greyhound Derby.
The Easter Cup run over the 550 yard distance has traditionally attracted the top greyhounds in training, and through the years some of the most famous names in the sport have competed. Mick The Miller, arguably the most famous greyhound was beaten by half a length in the 1929 running. Spanish Battleship won in 1954 and 1955 in the middle of his Derby hat-trick. The winner of this year’s competition will receive €25,000.
Speaking at the announcement IGB CEO Gerard Dollard said, “Ladbrokes have always had a strong affinity to racing at Shelbourne Park and their continued sponsorship of the Easter Cup demonstrates their support for the Irish greyhound industry. The Ladbrokes Easter Cup is one of the most prestigious classic events in the racing calendar and provides the perfect platform to promote our sport.”
Jackie Murphy Director for Ladbrokes Ireland added; "We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park. This is a fantastic event in the sporting calendar and we are happy that we are in the position to support. We wish good luck to all involved.”
Alison White Marketing Manager Ladbrokes with Derek Frehill Shelbourne Park at the launch of the 2020 Ladbrokes Easter Cup. Pic: Imelda Grauer
KEY EVENT DATES:
First Round Heats: Saturday, 22nd February 2020
Second Round Heats: Saturday, 29th February 2020
Semi-Finals: Saturday, 7th March 2020
Final: Saturday, 14th March 2020