|1983 Irish Greyhound Derby|
|End date||31 July|
|Total prize money||£25,000 (winner)|
At Shelbourne, 31 July (over 525 yards):
|1st||Belvedere Bran||Brave Bran - Knock Out||3||9-2||29.65||Dermot O'Sullivan|
|2nd||Brideview Sailor||Shamrock Sailor - Blonde Exile||2||12-1||29.68||Ger McKenna|
|3rd||Quick Suzy||Shamrock Sailor - Big Deposit||1||7-4jf||29.70||Colm McGrath|
|4th||Canal Road||London Spec - Fly Dolly||4||14-1||29.82||Jerry Fisher|
|5th||Tain Mear||Sand Man - Quick Thought||5||20-1||29.91||John Nolan|
|6th||Captain Miller||Ivy Hall Solo - Crows First||6||7-4jf||29.93||Ger McKenna|
neck, head, 1½, 1, head (lengths)
Game Ball arrived as the favourite for the Irish Derby after his shock 1983 English Greyhound Derby; his main challengers were considered to come from the Ger McKenna team consisting of a newcomer called Count Five, Brideview Sailor and Captain Miller.
Count Five showed first with a fast 29.04 in round one and there was a shock loss for Game Ball. Game Ball lost all form when going out of the competition in the second round but Count Five and Belvedere Bran both won again. Go Winston impressed in round three when recording 29.04, equal fastest in the event so far, but a littler later on the same night a bitch called Mams Bank set a time of 29.02 and Captain Miller also won in 29.03.
In the semi-finals a shock was in store for Count Five as he was left at the start of his race in a very strong heat which saw a win for Belvedere Bran from Captain Miller, with Mams Bank knocked out after only finishing third. McKenna earned a second finalist after Brideview Sailor finished runner-up to Quick Suzy in heat two and English challenger Canal Road ended the semi-final proceedings by winning from Tain Mear.
A very competitive final saw Brideview Sailor out of the traps first with Quick Suzy and Belvedere Bran just behind, Quick Suzy found trouble and faded into last place. Belvedere Bran challenged Brideview Sailor and outstayed his rival to claim the victory after an exciting battle between the pair.
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