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IGB: Taggart resignation a huge loss.

IRISH greyhound racing was yesterday turning its thoughts to who might succeed Paschal Taggart as chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board.

Although Taggart refused to comment further, the Irish Greyhound Board confirmed his resignation. Acting chief executive Michael Foley said: "Paschal's decision is a massive loss. He is one of the best men I have ever worked with, he held a clear strategy and vision for the industry, and was a true motivator.

"He understood greyhounds and greyhound people."

Yesterday's Racing Post carried the shock news that following an apparently routine meeting on Wednesday, Taggart had decided he had enough. It was being attributed to a particularly lengthy session, where seemingly very little was achieved, and he decided he had had his fill.

Minister John O'Donoghue now not only has to find a new chairman, but also another Board member as well - Taggart supporter Cathal Curley has also resigned.

Taggart, over eight years in the role, had always said he planned to leave once Dundalk opened - which it has. But he had seemed set to remain for another couple of years.

Irish greyhound racing has been transformed through Taggart helping persuade the Government to invest in the sport, and modern super-stadia can now be found all over Ireland. It is the envy of Britain.

Oddly the IGB now has neither a permanent chief executive nor chairman, a parallel of the mess the British Greyhound Racing Board found itself in last year until the appointment of Lord Lipsey.

View's favourite

AN Irish Cup opening day as eventful and testing as Clounanna marked the return of the event to Limerick yesterday.

Shocks and controversy left the big crowd stunned, with favourite Trajectory gone by the third buckle. But even those who qualified faced an unexpected barrier, with the hare escape proving unreliable in bright sunshine - hares regularly turned back and forced exhausting runs on their pursuers.

Damien Delaney, secretary of the Limerick club, said: "The sunshine appears to be causing problems with shadows, we will be working on it this evening."

Ashmore View, a hardy Cup dog trained by Dan Brassil in Kerry and Northern-owned by Gary Anderson and Stephen Boyle, was favourite after an impressively clinical run. The event continues today and tomorrow.

nBetting: 7 Ashmore View, 8 Kyle Tiger, Pals Magic, Mustang Rooster, Musical Hill, 10 bar.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 21, 2004
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