The Sporting Press Irish Oaks was scheduled to get underway last weekend in Shelbourne Park. The competition has been running as a Classic event since 1932, with a list of impressive Bitches having claimed victory through the years.
While Shelbourne Park is now its permanent home, the Oaks has been run in various locations over the years including; Clonmel in 1932 & 1933, Cork in 1939 & 1943 and Shelbourne Park & Harold’s Cross alternately to 1992.
We’ve come across some items in the archives from the 1974 Oaks Final which was held in Harold’s Cross, including these photographs and press releases issued to mark the occasion.
An Tanaiste Goes Greyhound Racing
An Tanaiste Mr. Brendan Corish TD and Mrs Corish studying form at Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium on Friday night last 20th September prior to the Final of the 1974 Irish Greyhound Oaks flanked by Bord na gCon members Mr. Donal O’Neill (left) and Mr Sean Hanrahan (right).
The £3,000.00 winners prize went to Mr. P. Cross of Rathangan, Co. Kildare whose “Fur Collar” led hot favourite “Lady Devine” (ly) 3 lengths in 29.40.
Minister for Agriculture & Fisheries at Harold’s Cross Stadium
Mr. Mark Clinton TD, Minister for Agriculture & Fisheries was present at Harold’s Cross Stadium on Friday night last 20th September on the occasion of the 1974 Irish Greyhound Oaks Final which was won by “Fur Collar” in 29.40.
Pictured from left to right Mr. Des Hanrahan Chairman Bord na gCon, Mr. James Lantry Bord na gCon member, the Minister Mr. Mark Clinton and Mr. S.P. Flanagan Chief Officer Bord na gCon.
You can enjoy more Oaks memories every Saturday on the Shelbourne Park and IGB Facebook pages as they look back at the past 10 years of Finals. Last Saturday, they started with 2010 and 2011, check them out now.
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