MICHAEL FORTUNE: Tyson 11/4 for International

FATBOYZ Tyson, trained by Pat Gordon in Enniscorthy, is the 11-4 favourite with the sponsors for the Boylesports International to be run at Dundalk on Monday night next.

The first prices were announced following yesterday morning’s draw which was made by Boylesports Head of Publicity Leon Blanche. After Fatboyz Tyson, Tullymurry Act is next in the betting at 7-2 with Shaneboy Lee at 4-1 and Definate Opinion and Skywalker Queen grouped at 5-1. Tyrur Bucko is the 8-1 outsider of the field.

At Monday night’s trial session Fatboyz Tyson clocked 28.39 for the 525 yards while Definate Opinion covered the 550 in a flying 29.77. The defending champion Skywalker Queen made a mess of the start in her spin but recovered to clock 30.20 for the 550.

The draw for the International is: 1 Tullymurry Act; 2 Tyrur Bucko; 3 Definate Opinion; 4 Shaneboy Lee (m); 5 Fatboyz Tyson (m); 6 Skywalker Queen (w).

Meanwhile the Irish Greyhound Board yesterday welcomed the confirmation that greyhound breeding and welfare is to continue to be managed under the existing Greyhound Industry Act.

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD is to introduce legislation in the autumn which will amend the Greyhound Industry and Dog Breeding Establishment Acts, and put welfare standards for greyhounds on a statutory basis.

The Board are pleased that the very comprehensive guide to the care and welfare of greyhounds that exists in the Industry has been recognised, and that this will now be given statutory effect.

The Irish Greyhound Board will work very closely with the Department of Agriculture in advance of this new legislation which will ensure that all Irish Greyhound Board registered Greyhound owners, breeders and trainers will be covered by the amended 1958 Act.

The amended Greyhound Industry Act will be introduced before the end of 2010.


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