Laurels (Irish greyhounds)

This page is about the Irish Greyhound Race. For the British race, see Laurels (greyhounds).

Irish Laurels
Feature race
LocationCurraheen Park
Inaugurated1944
Race information
Distance525 yards
SurfaceSand
Purse€30,000 (winner)

The Laurels is a greyhound racing competition held annually at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium located in Bishopstown, west of Cork, County Cork, Ireland.[1]

It was hosted by the old Cork Greyhound Stadium from 1944 to 1999[2] but inevitably continued to be held at the new track after it opened.

It is a prestigious event targeted by many of Ireland's leading greyhounds and is an integral part of the Irish greyhound racing calendar.[3]

Clonbrien Hero, trained by Graham Holland and owned by Ms. Kay Murphy of Athlacca, Co. Limerick set a new record for the final of the Laurels (at Curraheen Park) when he won by three lengths in a time of 28.00 on 22 July 2017.[4]

Past winnersEdit

[5]

Year Winner Breeding Time Trainer SP Notes
1944 Robeen Printer Printer – Deoc Deireannach 28.98
1945 Munster Hotel Highland Rum – Ballinspittle 29.20
1946 Ballinrea Express Rebel Express – Champion Queen 28.80
1947 Careless Border Ruby Border – Volcut 28.80
1948 Double Shadow Dark Shadow – Grosvenors Lady 28.33
1949 Spanish Chestnut Rebel Abbey – Cordal Moonlight 28.55
1950 Spanish Chestnut Rebel Abbey – Cordal Moonlight 28.70
1951 Knockrour Favourite Bellas Prince – Favourite Tip 28.85 Jack Lynch
1952 Tragumna Dasher Dark Shadow – Bran Cream 28.70
1953 Templenoe Rebel Ballymac Ball – Templenoe Medora 28.55
1954 Come on Bella Lucky Tanist – Knockrour Bella 28.90
1955 Spanish Battleship Spanish Chestnut – Ballyseedy Memory 28.35 Tom Lynch
1956 Rather Grand [6] The Grand Champion – Ashbrook Gift 29.00 7-1
1957 Kilcasey Streak 28.80
1958 Brook Prancer Glittering Look – Shaggy Dancer 28.43
1959 Celbridge Chance Eridanus – Avril 28.50
1960 Last Lap The Grand Champion – Dooniskey Lass 28.15
1961 Round Tower Rose Champion Prince – Knockdrina Rose 29.80
1962 Dark Baby Knockrour Again – Ronnoc Miss 29.40 Track record
1963 Powerstown Proper Hi There – Faoide 29.75
1964 Tanyard Heather Oregon Prince – Clonbanin Chariot 29.20 P Cashman
1965 Boro Parachute Crazy Parachute – Anjone 29.60
1966 Westpark Ash Hi There – Westpark Ballet 29.40
1967 Philotimo Booked Out – Pride of Corrin 29.65 C Kelleher
1968 Flaming King Market Green – Maglin Lady 29.25 S Moran
1969 Skipping Tim [7] Myross Again – Right On Time 29.50 Dave Cashman
1970 Gabriel Boy Yanka Boy – Gabriel Star 29.25 Ger McKenna
1971 Ivy Hall Flash Proud Lincoln – Ivy Hall Rose 29.15 Paddy Keane
1972 Dublin Eily Maryville Hi – Right Champion 29.70 J Buckley
1973 Kilbracken Style Kilbelin Style – Maggie Ann 29.10 Paddy Keane
1974 Silent Thought[8] Ivy Hall Flash – Oulartwick Jane 29.50 Paddy Keane 2-1
1975 Moonshine Bandit Yanka Boy – Westpark Roma 29.30 Christy O'Callaghan
1976 Nameless Star Ritas Choice – Itsastar 29.30 Ger McKenna
1977 Ashleigh Honour Kudas Honour – Miss Ashleigh 29.15 Dave Cashman
1978 Knockrour Girl Bright Lad – Knockrour Last 29.40 Denis Lynch
1979 Knockrour Slave Sole Aim – Knockrour Exile 29.45 Ger McKenna
1980 Knockrour Slave Sole Aim – Knockrour Exile 29.00 Ger McKenna Track record
1981 Knockeen Master Laurdella Fun – Knockeen Guest 29.50 Christy O'Callaghan
1982 The Stranger [9] Dark Mercury – Lovely Blend 28.95 Christy O'Callaghan Track record
1983 Back Garden Knockrour Slave – Sweeping Billy 29.66 Ger McKenna
1984 Rugged Mick Ceili Band – Blueberry Pet 29.09 Ger McKenna
1985 Follow A Star Under Par – Float A Loan 29.42 Ger McKenna 10-1
1986 Big Oran[10] Oran Jack – Big Deposit 29.78 Ann Wade
1987 Yellow Bud[11] Yellow Ese – Budweiser 29.28 Donal O'Regan 10-1
1988 Odell King[12] Sail On II – Odell Tansy 28.98 Ned Power 7-2
1989 Airmount Grand[13] Daleys Gold – Airmount Jewel 28.82 Gerald Kiely Track record in final, sf and 2nd Rd
1990 Adraville Bridge[14] Im Slippy – Milltown Gem 28.78 Mossy O'Connor 9-4jf Track record
1991 Terrydrum Tico Tico – Gentle Sarah 28.86 Davy Lennon 2-1f
1992 Market Rascal Coral Town – Twins Petra 29.58
1993 Lisglass Lass[15] Quare Rocket – Machern 28.97 Francie Murray
1994 Clounmellane Oak[16] Ravage Again – Rosehip Joy 29.44 John Lynch 6-1
1995 Standard Image[17] Murlens Slippy – Simply Elite 29.04 Christy O'Callaghan 5-1
1996 Deerfield Bypass[18] Daleys Gold – Black Adraville 29.12 Ger McKenna 7-2
1997 Mr Pickwick Trade Union – Terrys Whisper 29.16 Paul Hennessy 1-2f
1998 Mr Pickwick Trade Union – Terrys Whisper 29.29 Paul Hennessy 4-5f
1999 Lumber Boss Batties Rocket – The Other Joy 29.42 Frances O'Donnell 5–1 dead-heat
1999 Tigers Eye Coalbrook Tiger – Swift Comment 29.42 Nicky Turner 10–1 dead-heat
2000 Barefoot Ridge Some Picture – Cailin Dilis 28.69 Paul Hennessy 6–1
2001 Sonic Flight [19] Frightful Flash – Westmead Flight 28.41 Dolores Ruth 4–1
2002 Annual Award Smooth Rumble – Heres Steppie 28.33 Eddie Wade 7–1
2003 Nikita Billie Split the Bill – Nikita Doll 28.34 Jack Walsh 9–2
2004 Boherduff Light[20] He Knows – Travelling Light 28.14 Owen McKenna 2-1jf
2005 Tyrur Ted[21] Top Honcho – Watch the Market 28.33 PJ Fahy 4-6f
2006 Ardkill Jamie[22] Top Savings – Fast Issue 28.35 Paul Hennessy 5–2
2007 Catunda Harry[23] Elite State – Your So Vain 28.18 Owen McKenna 5-4f
2008 Cashen Legend[24] Balintore Brave – Fergus Gold 28.74 Chris Houilhan 14–1
2009 Sevenheads Bay[25] Ballymac Maeve – Travara Daisy 28.50 Graham Holland 4–1
2010 Tyrur Enda[26] Razldazl Billy – Regards To Alice 28.42 PJ Fahy 4-6f
2011 Razldazl Rioga[27] Brett Lee – Razldazl Pearl 28.32 Dolores Ruth 7–2
2012 Knockglass Billy[28] Ballymac Maeve – Knockglass Lady 28.30 Graham Holland 2-1f
2013 Lassa Expedition[29] Crash –Lassa Experience 28.39 Rachel Wheeler 3–1
2014 Vimmerby[30] Winetavern Oscar – Wee Rose Garden 28.56 John Kavanagh 3–1
2015 Midtown Raffa[31] Kinloch Brae – Raffa Baby 28.31 Maurice O'Connor 2-1f
2016 Skywalker Manner[32] Leeview Jet – Jibberish 28.29 Graham Holland 5–1
2017 Clonbrien Hero[4] Razldazl Jayfkay – Trout or Salmon 28.00 Graham Holland 5–2 Curraheen Park final record
2018 Rockybay Foley[33] Sparta Maestro – Ironically 28.37 Kieran Lynch 4/5f
2019 Rockybay Foley[34] Sparta Maestro – Ironically 28.57 Kieran Lynch 7/4f
2020 Runninta Seeya[35] Laughil Blake – Droopys Harbour 28.48 John Linehan - No SP due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
2021 One Time Only[36] Droopys Sydney – Mags Image 28.17 Thomas O'Donovan 3/1

Venues & DistancesEdit

  • 1944–1960 (Cork, Western Road, 500 yards)
  • 1961–1999 (Cork, Western Road, 525 yards)
  • 2000–present (Cork, Curraheen Park, 525 yards)

SponsorsEdit

  • 1979–1981 (Cashmans)
  • 1985–1986 (Joe Donnelly)
  • 1987–1991 (Kantoher Co-op)
  • 1992–1992 (Michael McCarthy)
  • 1993–1994 (Michael Crowley)
  • 1995–2003 (Co-op Superstores)
  • 2004–2009 (Cashmans Bookmakers)
  • 2010–2011 (Pat Hennerty Sales)
  • 2012–2014 (Connolly's Red Mills)
  • 2015–2019 (Irish Independent)

ReferencesEdit

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