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Horse Racing: A traditional holiday in Ireland, the 15th; Irish View.

Byline: MICHAEL FORTUNE

OVER the years it has become the tradition to visit Dundalk on the 'Fifteenth of August'. A traditional holiday in Ireland, the 15th became the standing date for the Dundalk International and we witnessed some marvellous nights at the Ramparts venue.

Things have changed in a huge way at Dundalk in the past few years - and very much for the better. The Ramparts is no longer and now racing is staged at the magnificent new Dundalk Stadium which, by this time next year, will be the only dual greyhound and horseracing facility in this part of the world.

The changes to the calendar during the years of Dundalk's closure means that the 15th is no longer an appropriate date for the International final as it would clash with the Irish Derby. So, Dundalk has switched the Bar-One Racing Irish Sprint Cup final to this date and there should be a very large gathering for next Tuesday's battle over the daunting 400- yard two-bender, with a highclass field

The two big weekend races in Ireland are the Paddy Byrne Memorial 550 final at Tralee tonight and the valuable Ladbrokes Champion Stakes final at Lifford on Sunday evening.

Tony Griffin's Jeffs Star could be the one at Tralee, while Pat Duffy's Podium Chic has the early to capture the E10,000 prize at Lifford.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2006
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