Thurles Greyhound Stadium

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Thurles Greyhound Stadium
LocationCastlemeadows (R498), Townparks, Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland
Coordinates 52°41'03.6"N 7°49'21.0"W
Operated byThurles Greyhound Racing & Sports Association
Date opened1948
Race type greyhound racing
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Thurles Greyhound Stadium is a greyhound racing track located on Castlemeadows opposite the Semple Stadium in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. [1]

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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

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

current and former

Track records

Current [8] [9] [10]

YardsGreyhoundTimeDateNotes
330Astute Torpedo [11] 17.4715.07.2017
360Rambling Jack [12] 19.0129.07.2006
525Digital28.1116.07.2005
550Moyne Rebel29.9916.09.2000
570Donation30.9701.04.2017
600O'Learys Peggy32.7017.09.2005
600Roo Come On32.7001.08.2009
750Killough Daisy41.8520.06.2008
840Debidee Lane46.8128.01.2006
1035Slaneyside Havoc59.7120.11.2010
525 hurdlesGoofys Lofty29.5129.05.2004

Former [13]

YardsGreyhoundTimeDateNotes
330Move Handy18.0519.11.1966
330Top Customer18.0408.08.1976
330Lemon King17.9428.07.1990
330Quarter To Five17.6411.05.1999
330Pretty Smokey17.6427.05.2001
330Minnies Pavlova17.5425.07.2009
360Lisboney Grosvenor20.2008.08.1960
360Pretty Smokey19.4602.06.2001
360Cloughmartin Lad19.2921.09.2002
360Behind The Clock19.1030.09.2003
360Positive Option19.0827.11.2004
525 Spanish Battleship 29.9608.1954 Tipperary Cup second round
525 Spanish Battleship 29.8521.08.1954
525Flaming King29.2510.08.1968
525Sailing Weather29.2006.08.1983
525Moyne Rebel28.8609.04.2000 National Produce Stakes heats
525Moyne Rebel28.7623.04.2000 National Produce Stakes semi finals
525Moyne Rebel28.7030.04.2000 National Produce Stakes final
525Smoking Ban28.4312.07.2003
525Charity Jack28.2809.07.2005
550Maltan Flame30.8531.08.1965
550Lissadell Ranger30.6225.07.1987
550Ardfert Sean30.261988
550Mathews Gold30.5828.07.1990
550Coalbrook Tiger30.4427.07.1991
550Gunboat Jeff30.421992
550Moyne Rebel30.0104.07.2000
570Ambleside Amy31.4021.09.2002
570Prince Ned31.2303.05.2003
570Born Flyer31.1404.11.2003
570Charity Jack31.1028.08.2004
570Ronans Delight30.9811.12.2004
575Ballybeg Pride32.0004.06.1968
575Ballybeg Maid31.9421.06.1975
575Gastrognome31.7616.06.1984
575Deenside Lion31.7324.05.1998
600July Sister33.9007.05.1960
600Cool Lad33.9011.06.1960=equalled
600Articifer33.1220.10.2001
600Silver Shout32.7101.02.2003
700Orwell Wonder40.0020.06.1964
750Getwhoyoulike42.5622.09.2001
750Lovely Rumble42.1007.12.2002
750O Learys Peggy42.0903.06.2006
750Olympic Show41.8802.02.2008
840Clanboy48.1630.08.1986
840Manx Sand47.8417.08.1991
840Bluetoon Solo47.1311.10.2003
1035Indian Hallie60.7502.02.2008
1035Forest Heidi60.4601.11.2008
1035Big Flop59.8813.11.2010
330 HRambler Tonic18.8009.07.1960
525 HOlivers Leader30.2017.09.1966
525 HSpecial29.7515.09.1973
525 HFrightened Pig29.5820.12.2003

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