Easter Cup (greyhounds)

This page is about the Irish greyhound race. For the Australian horse Race, see Easter Cup.

Easter Cup
Feature race
LocationShelbourne Park
Inaugurated1928
SponsorBresbet
Race information
Distance550 yards
SurfaceSand
Purse€25,000

The Easter Cup is a greyhound racing competition held annually at Shelbourne Park in Dublin.[1]

It was inaugurated in 1928.[2]

The event was won by the great Spanish Battleship on twice in 1954 and 1955.[3]

In 2017 the event was postponed following protests by the DGOBA which resulted in a suspension of racing at Shelbourne Park for five months. The protest was over the February closure of Harold's Cross Stadium.[4][5] The 2020 edition was behind closed doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

Past winnersEdit

[7]

Year Winner Breeding Time SP Trainer Notes
1928 Odd Blade Hidden Joke - Chordstriker 30.64 1-2f
1929 Odd Blade Hidden Joke - Chordstriker 30.71 4-1
1930 Hanna's Pup Guiding Hand – Ocean Haze 30.59 J McCarthy
1931 Lion's Share Lenin – Saucy Nell 30.71 Edward Lyng
1932 Monologue Mutton Cutlet - High Force 30.78
1933 Rustic Martin Real Rustic - Martive 30.59
1934 Brilliant Bob Other Days – Birchfield Bessie 30.29
1935 Khun Khan Roast Rib – Kilgarriffe Pride 30.54
1936 Mooncoin Captain Mutton Cutlet – Treaty Bound 30.54
1937 Cardinal Puff Gaelic Rover – Cross Counter 30.50
1938 Pagan Miller Meadow Fescue – Breffini Molly 30.27
1939 Abbeylara Prudent Turn – That's The Why 30.27
1940 Shy Sandy White Sandhills – Sheevra More 30.34
1941 Prince Norroy Castledown Lad – Ruddy Mutton 30.32
1942 Wayside Clover Gale Side Sliver – Slaney Beauty 30.39
1943 Monarch of the Glen Carolina Prince – Turn of the Glen 30.43
1944 Empor Lassie Castledown Lad – Signal Post 30.35
1945 Astra Tanist – Mad Darkie 29.86
1946 Astra Tanist – Mad Darkie 30.40
1947 Patsys Record Patsy Bogoak – Sunmount View 30.15 Jack Davis
1948 Castlecoman Mad Tanist – Smartly There 29.90
1949 Flashy Prince Glenview Shaggy – Spa Cherry 29.85
1950 Sandown Champion Mad Tanist – Good Record 29.85
1951 Clogher McGrath Tanist – Clogher Cross 30.03
1952 Wee Chap Mad Fair – Laveybeg 30.12
1954 Spanish Battleship Spanish Chestnut – Ballyseedy Memory 30.17 Tom Lynch
1955 Spanish Battleship Spanish Chestnut – Ballyseedy Memory 29.72 Tom Lynch
1956 Baytown Duel Ollys Pal – Baytown Brunette 29.67
1957 Doon Marshall Hurry Abdul – Dooniskey Lass 30.41
1958 Sharavogue Ballinclea Dancer – Deuce of Diamonds 29.96
1959 War Dance The Grand Champion – Witching Dancer 29.76
1960 Springvalley Grand The Grand Champion – Springvalley Lady 29.92
1961 Tinys Trousseau The Grand Fire – Kilcomney Tiny 29.66
1962 The Grand Canal Champion Prince – The Grand Duchess 29.93 Paddy Dunphy
1963 General Courtnowski Man of Pleasure - Yoblstrap 29.98
1964 Ballet Dante Romolas Dante – Havana Miss 30.27 M Kirwan
1965 The Grand Time Hi There – The Grand Duchess 29.50
1966 Clomoney Grand The Grand Fire – Last Landing 29.50
1967 Tinys Tidy Town Mothel Chief – Kitty's Fire 29.59
1968 It's A Mint Prairie Flash – Cranog Bet 29.63 Leslie McNair
1969 Move Gas Dandy Man – Move Sally 30.29 Ger McKenna
1970 Monalee Gambler Prairie Flash – Sheila At Last 29.52
1971 Postal Vote Dusty Trail – Paddistarr 29.36 Gay McKenna
1972 Catsrock Daisy Fantastic Prince – Truly Silver 29.01 Sammy Easton
1973 Newpark Arkle Monalee Arkle – Little Playgirl 29.40
1974 Aqueduct Rosie Myross Again – Monalee Leader 29.52
1975 Tantallons Flyer Monalee Champion – Jaime Wonder 29.60
1976 Cindys Spec Spectre II – Cyndys Hope 29.20
1977 Weigh In First Ritas Choice – Silent Treatment 29.58
1978 Rokeel Light Yanka Boy – Rokeel Rebel 29.50
1979 Shady Bunch Bright Lad – Shady Primrose 29.42
1980 Indian Joe[8] Brave Bran – Minnatonka 29.16 John Hayes
1981 Murrays Mixture Brush Tim – Stylish Heather 29.15 Francie Murray
1982 Speedy Wonder Shamrock Sailor – Queen of Moray 29.40
1983 Wicklow Sands Sand Man – Smart Spy 29.64
1984 Spartacus Knockrour Slave – I'm A Star 29.22 Matt O'Donnell
1985 Oran Express Oran Jack – Thank You Ken 29.67
1986 Baby Doll Lindas Champion – Sineads Zest 29.37
1987 Spartafitz Spartacus – Cobbling Rose 29.36 Matt O'Donnell
1988 Joannes Nine Lindas Champion – Emohruo 29.65
1989 Annagh Bar Cronins Bar – Thoor Ballylee 29.61
1990 Lassana Champ Sail On II – Moneypoint Peg 29.34 Matt O'Donnell
1991 Farloe Melody Lodge Prince – Chini Chin Chin 29.53 Matt O'Donnell
1992 Farloe Melody Lodge Prince – Chini Chin Chin 28.93 Matt O'Donnell
1993 Jacks Well Kyle Jack – What If 29.54
1994 Valais Express [9] Daleys Gold – Carrick Express 29.13 J Ryan
1995 Lacken Prince [10] Live Contender – Afternoon Blue 29.38
1996 Ballyduag Manx [11] Manx Treasure – Strange Manner 29.23
1997 Park Jewel [12] Park Minister – Rantogue Queen 29.27 3-1 PJ Fahy
1998 Mr Pickwick [13] Trade Union – Terrys Whisper 28.91 1-1f Paul Hennessy
1999 Chart King [14] Trade Official - Clarinka Sand 28.40 5-4f Ralph Hewitt Track record
2000 Mr Bozz [15] Cry Dalcash – Terrys Whisper 28.94 7-4f Paul Hennessy
2001 Late Late Show [16] Spiral Nikita – Ullid Nitrate 28.60 9-10f Paul Hennessy
2002 Late Late Show [17] Spiral Nikita – Ullid Nitrate 28.74 4-9f Paul Hennessy
2003 Mobhi Gamble [18] Spiral Nikita – Chica Chuita 28.47 4-1 Larry Dunne
2004 Premier Fantasy [19] Premier County – Nifty Niamh 28.08 4-9f Seamus Graham Track record
2005 Mineola Farloe [20] Top Honcho - Farloe Dingo 28.39 6-1 Seamus Graham
2006 Ahane Lad [21] Larkhill Jo – Daffodil Dance 28.21 5-2 Owen McKenna
2007 Ardkill Jamie [22] Top Savings – Fast Issue 28.30 4-1 Paul Hennessy
2008 Tyrur Kenny [23] Top Honcho – Tyrur Pearl 29.91 2-1 Paul Hennessy
2009 Droopys Noel [24] Westmead Hawk – Drive On Buzz 29.91 6-1 Pat Buckley
2010 Thurlesbeg Joker [25] Head Bound – Free To Air 29.55 6-4f Owen McKenna
2011 Makeshift [26] Razldazl Billy – Razldazl Pearl 29.59 2-1f Dolores Ruth
2012 Tyrur Big Mike [27] Brett Lee – Tyrur Temptress 29.73 2-1f Conor Fahy
2013 North Bound [28] Head Bound – No Joke Sherry 29.46 4-1 Niall Dunne
2014 Skywalker Farloe [29] Skywalker Ace – Final Orchid 29.63 2-1 Frances O'Donnell
2015 Sidarian Blaze [30] Kinloch Brae – Silverhill Tina 29.52 6-4 Graham Holland
2016 Jaytee Jet [31] Droopys Scolari – Chin Gach Gook 29.45 6/4f Paul Hennessy
2018 Colarhouse Gerry[32][33] Head Bound – Thongue Hope 29.56 9/2 Owen McKenna
2019 Clona Blaze[34] Laughil Blake – Coolavanny Pearl 29.37 5/2f Graham Holland
2020 Wolfe[35] Tyrur Big Mike – Jalingo 29.89 6/4f Graham Holland
2021 Knocknaboul Syd[36] Droopys Sydney – Knocknaboulmadam 29.58 11/4 Pat Buckley
2022 Susie Sapphire[37] Droopys Jet – Jetstream Lynx 29.48 1/3f Owen McKenna

Venues and distancesEdit

  • 1928–2007 (Shelbourne Park 525y)
  • 2008–present (Shelbourne Park 550y)
  • 2017 (not held)

SponsorsEdit

  • 2004–2007 (Donal Reilly)
  • 2009–2009 (BCR Print Management)
  • 2010–2013 (College Causeway/Killahan Phanter)
  • 2014–2015 (Dandelion Bar & Nightclub)
  • 2016–2021 (Ladbrokes)
  • 2022–present (Bresbet)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, page 352. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  2. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing, page 309. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  3. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing, page 309. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  4. ^ "Irish Oaks advertised for Shelbourne Park". Irish Independent.
  5. ^ "IGB confirms closure of Harolds Cross Greyhound Stadium". IGB. Archived from the original on 2017-03-10. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  6. ^ "COVID 19 UPDATE: RACING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS". Irish Greyhound Board.
  7. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008, pages 171-172. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  8. ^ "All Those Aprils". Vol. 16, no. 4. Greyhound Star. 4 April 1998.
  9. ^ "1996 Easter Cup Final". Greyhound Data.
  10. ^ "1996 Easter Cup Final". Greyhound Data.
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  12. ^ "1997 Easter Cup Final". Greyhound Data.
  13. ^ "1998 Easter Cup Final". Greyhound Data.
  14. ^ "1999 Easter Cup Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  15. ^ "2000 Easter Cup Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  16. ^ "2001 Easter Cup Final". Greyhound Data.
  17. ^ "2002 Easter Cup Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  18. ^ "2003 Easter Cup Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  19. ^ "Donal Reilly Auctioneers Easter Cup Final '04". Irish Greyhound Board.
  20. ^ "€75,000 DONALREILLY.COM EASTER CUP". Irish Greyhound Board.
  21. ^ "2006 Donal Reilly Easter Cup Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  22. ^ "2007 Donal Reilly Easter Cup Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  23. ^ "2008 BCR Print Management Easter Cup Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  24. ^ "2009 BCR Print Easter Cup". Irish Greyhound Board.
  25. ^ "2010 College Causeway/Killahan Phanter Easter Cup". Irish Greyhound Board.
  26. ^ "2011 College Causeway/Killahan Phanter Easter Cup Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
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  28. ^ "College Causeway/Killahan Phanter Easter Cup". Irish Greyhound Board.
  29. ^ "2014 Dandelion Bar & Nightclub Easter Cup". Irish Greyhound Board.
  30. ^ "2015 Dandelion Bar & Nightclub Easter Cup". Irish Greyhound Board.
  31. ^ "2016 Result". Irish Greyhound Board.
  32. ^ "2018 Ladbrokes Easter Cup". Irish Greyhound Board.
  33. ^ "Lifford man celebrates €25,000 win - after great victory in less than 30 seconds". Donegal Now.
  34. ^ "2019 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final meeting". Irish Greyhound Board.
  35. ^ "2020 Easter Cup final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  36. ^ "The 2021 Ladbrokes Easter Cup 550 Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  37. ^ "The 2022 Breset Easter Cup Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland. Retrieved 30 March 2022.