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Horse Racing: Dundalk's developments are on track.

Byline: MICHAEL FORTUNE Irish View

THESE really are encouraging times at Dundalk where the action in the sprint Classic, the Bar-One Racing Irish Sprint Cup, has been awesome to date.

But off the track there have been some significant moves also. All the planning process for the new horseracing all-weather racetrack has been completed and the workers will move into the site on Monday week to commence the further development of the stadium and the installation of the new racetrack.

The Grandstand will be extended on both sides from floor to roof, being doubled in size. This work is expected to be completed in time for next year's Boylesports International on July 12.

Horse Racing Ireland has granted twelve dates to Dundalk for the period between August 26 and December 31.

It will be the first dual horse and greyhound facility in this part of the world and CEO Jim Martin is hugely excited at the prospect. "It's great that we are now almost ready to commence work and we will be staging our first horse meeting on Sunday, August 26th". The total cost of the Dundalk project will be EUR23 million.

The Bar-One Racing Irish Sprint Cup is a tremendous test of a greyhound over the daunting 400 yards two-bend trip and the quality this year has been simply awesome. Two tremendous semi-finals are in prospect tomorrow.

Ian Reilly's Droopys Rodger posted a new record when winning his second round heat in 21.06sec and then lost out by a short-head to the flying Mulcair Jo in a thrilling third round heat. They clash again in the second semi and Rodger's kennel companion Droopys Leon is also in there with a massive chance.

The opening semi has reigning champion and previous record holder Mabels Dilemma in trap two. This heavyweight had been at stud since last year's victory but is getting sharper with each run and he gets the vote to lead home Staley Vegas.

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2006
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