Thurles Greyhound Stadium

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Thurles Greyhound Stadium
LocationCastlemeadows (R498), Townparks, Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland
Coordinates52°41'03.6"N 7°49'21.0"W
Operated byThurles Greyhound Racing & Sports Association
Date opened1948
Race typegreyhound racing
Official website

Thurles Greyhound Stadium is a greyhound racing track located on Castlemeadows opposite the Semple Stadium in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. [1]

Racing takes place every Thursday and Saturday evening and the facilities include a trackside restaurant, fast food facilities, a number of bars and totalisator betting. [2]

The stadium has a car park which is also used for overflow parking for Semple Stadium and a farmers market on Saturday mornings. [3]

Race distances are 330, 525, 570 and 600 yards. [4]

History[edit]

Just off the Castlemeadows in Thurles is the Townpark Greyhound Stadium which opened on 13 September 1948. Major events to have taken place over the years at the track and they are called the Tipperary Cup, Guinness 575, the Champion Bitch Stakes and Puppy Stakes. A very large circumference of 509 yards allows greyhounds a good gallop although the track is considered slow.[5]

In 1962 the Grand National came to Townpark and would stay for 26 years until 1984 when it then moved to Shelbourne Park. The premier hurdle event in Ireland was won no less than three times by Special from 1972-1974.[6]

The Thurles Greyhound Racing & Sports Association Limited continually ensured that the venue was kept in good order and it held many charity nights. The Racing Manager for many years was Eamonn Bourke before Paul Hayes took over the chair. In 2011 the stadium underwent significant refurbishment resulting in an extension to the main upstairs bar areas and facilities to cater for events.[7]

Competitions[edit]

current and former

Track records[edit]

Current [8] [9] [10]

Yards Greyhound Time Date Notes
330 Astute Torpedo [11] 17.47 15.07.2017
360 Rambling Jack [12] 19.01 29.07.2006
525 Digital 28.11 16.07.2005
550 Moyne Rebel 29.99 16.09.2000
570 Donation 30.97 01.04.2017
600 O'Learys Peggy 32.70 17.09.2005
600 Roo Come On 32.70 01.08.2009
750 Killough Daisy 41.85 20.06.2008
840 Debidee Lane 46.81 28.01.2006
1035 Slaneyside Havoc 59.71 20.11.2010
525 hurdles Goofys Lofty 29.51 29.05.2004

Former [13]

Yards Greyhound Time Date Notes
330 Move Handy 18.05 19.11.1966
330 Top Customer 18.04 08.08.1976
330 Lemon King 17.94 28.07.1990
330 Quarter To Five 17.64 11.05.1999
330 Pretty Smokey 17.64 27.05.2001
330 Minnies Pavlova 17.54 25.07.2009
360 Lisboney Grosvenor 20.20 08.08.1960
360 Pretty Smokey 19.46 02.06.2001
360 Cloughmartin Lad 19.29 21.09.2002
360 Behind The Clock 19.10 30.09.2003
360 Positive Option 19.08 27.11.2004
525 Spanish Battleship 29.96 08.1954 Tipperary Cup second round
525 Spanish Battleship 29.85 21.08.1954
525 Flaming King 29.25 10.08.1968
525 Sailing Weather 29.20 06.08.1983
525 Moyne Rebel 28.86 09.04.2000 National Produce Stakes heats
525 Moyne Rebel 28.76 23.04.2000 National Produce Stakes semi finals
525 Moyne Rebel 28.70 30.04.2000 National Produce Stakes final
525 Smoking Ban 28.43 12.07.2003
525 Charity Jack 28.28 09.07.2005
550 Maltan Flame 30.85 31.08.1965
550 Lissadell Ranger 30.62 25.07.1987
550 Ardfert Sean 30.26 1988
550 Mathews Gold 30.58 28.07.1990
550 Coalbrook Tiger 30.44 27.07.1991
550 Gunboat Jeff 30.42 1992
550 Moyne Rebel 30.01 04.07.2000
570 Ambleside Amy 31.40 21.09.2002
570 Prince Ned 31.23 03.05.2003
570 Born Flyer 31.14 04.11.2003
570 Charity Jack 31.10 28.08.2004
570 Ronans Delight 30.98 11.12.2004
575 Ballybeg Pride 32.00 04.06.1968
575 Ballybeg Maid 31.94 21.06.1975
575 Gastrognome 31.76 16.06.1984
575 Deenside Lion 31.73 24.05.1998
600 July Sister 33.90 07.05.1960
600 Cool Lad 33.90 11.06.1960 =equalled
600 Articifer 33.12 20.10.2001
600 Silver Shout 32.71 01.02.2003
700 Orwell Wonder 40.00 20.06.1964
750 Getwhoyoulike 42.56 22.09.2001
750 Lovely Rumble 42.10 07.12.2002
750 O Learys Peggy 42.09 03.06.2006
750 Olympic Show 41.88 02.02.2008
840 Clanboy 48.16 30.08.1986
840 Manx Sand 47.84 17.08.1991
840 Bluetoon Solo 47.13 11.10.2003
1035 Indian Hallie 60.75 02.02.2008
1035 Forest Heidi 60.46 01.11.2008
1035 Big Flop 59.88 13.11.2010
330 H Rambler Tonic 18.80 09.07.1960
525 H Olivers Leader 30.20 17.09.1966
525 H Special 29.75 15.09.1973
525 H Frightened Pig 29.58 20.12.2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thurles Greyhound Stadium". Tipperary Tourism.
  2. ^ "Thurles Greyhound Stadium". Thurles Greyhound Stadium.
  3. ^ "Thurles Greyhound Stadium". Irish Greyhound Board.
  4. ^ "Thurles". Greyhound Data.
  5. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  6. ^ Fortune, Michael (1979). Irish Greyhound Annual. Victory Irish Promotions Ltd.
  7. ^ "Official opening of the extension". Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  8. ^ "Track records". Greyhound Data.
  9. ^ "Track records". Greyhound Star.
  10. ^ "Newbridge Track records". Greyhound Star.
  11. ^ "Thurles Fresh Milk Open/S1 330 yds". Irish Greyhound Board.
  12. ^ "THE TOP FLIGHT OPEN 360YDS STAKE HEAT 2". Irish Greyhound Board.
  13. ^ "Thurles track records". Greyhound Data.

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