4 April 2017
At any host venue around the country, the feature events of the season can create hugely exciting atmospheres as they welcome talented runners and their connections from kennels nationwide. Doing battle for outright glory, the ultimate victor is certain to receive all due adulation from appreciative patrons, ready to hail their new champion. But, when reaching final stage with local connections still holding realistic claims of victory, it is quite understandable then to find regular patrons together as one in support of their counterparts as they attempt to keep the big prize on home soil.
7 March 2017
Even for the most experienced of greyhound owners, each new pup or racing recruit brings with them a fresh hope for what may lie ahead in their impending career and while the classics are reserved for only a lucky few, our sport is perpetuated and survived in the main by kennel stars who will rarely grab the major headlines but who are, for their adoring owners, superstars of a different form as they endear themselves in varying ways to lucky owners who wouldn’t swap them for the world!
3 February 2017
Razor house an idealistic Dream for syndicate ownership
We have featured many syndicates with differing formats and aspirations in this column thus far but grabbing attention when Candid Dreams (Razldazl George/Pukka Babe) reached the final of the Dublin Track Bookmakers Marathon at Harolds Cross recently, the House Of Razor Syndicate were out in force to support a 50/1 shot who was making a dream come true, just by reaching the final.
6 December 2016
Nothing like a good Kipper for the Hangover
Cold weather conditions over the past weeks have affected the racing schedule at various venues and has left the Hangover Seven Syndicate with a fortnight delay to see their Kippers Rocket (Ace Hi Rumble/Tromora Dixie) contest the final of the Niall Comerford Memorial A4 525 Yard Stake at Kilkenny. However, with milder conditions predicted this week they will be back in action on Friday night, determined to enjoy more of the racing “craic” that their syndicate name would suggest.
25 October 2016
Clutching to hopes for a lucky 13 in Leger final
7 October 2016
Glamour girls score with a very cool Daddy
7 September 2016
It is without doubt the dream of every owner in racing to find a greyhound good enough to contest the Irish Greyhound Derby and some lucky few do get to realise that dream.
We have already profiled some of this year’s syndicate owned contenders and heard of the extensive preparations in readiness for a Derby assault but the story of College Paradise and the Metinthehalfway Syndicate sets out a new template for syndicate’s seeking a classic runner as thirty minutes before the opening round draw, they didn’t even own him!
31 August 2016
Arguably the two most inherently Irish of all Irish pastimes, the GAA and Greyhound Racing have been intrinsically linked throughout generations of feverish participation in a sports hungry nation. How appropriate it is that the Senior Inter County Championships in both Football and Hurling draw to their conclusions during the five weeks of Irish Greyhound Derby action at Shelbourne Park when both associations crown their ultimate champions of the year.
16 August 2016
The 2016 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby is as strong in depth as any in recent memory with runners who have already achieved superstar status, stalwarts of the Irish Open race scene in search of an elusive classic victory which will see their name forever immortalised in the record books, along with young pretenders ready to stake their claim as one of racing’s luminaries.
9 August 2016
For many in greyhound racing, the dream of being involved with a Derby runner can remain just that, a dream, which can easily elude even the hardest working owners for an entire lifetime. That could very plausibly have been the case for Michael Farrell of Cahir who resisted the possibility of a break from greyhound racing and now finds himself with a Derby contender of real merit as head of the Famous Five Lads Syndicate.
4 July 2016
K’s are here to stay with busy Brazilian
The greyhound racing fraternity is gratefully renowned for creating a welcoming environment for those who are embarking on their first ownership venture. There is no greater wish for these new participants than the hope that their first experiences will prove successful and possibly lead to an extended stay in our sport for these new owners.
16 May 2016
Swelling the attendance figures on a regular Friday evening graded programme at Limerick Greyhound Stadium in early April, natives of Askeaton Co.Limerick arrived in force ahead of the opening race and it didn’t take long for those present to realise who was the recipient of such fervent support when cheers of encouragement began to ring through the stands during the opening N3 525 Yard race as Rastablasta began to mount his challenge at the closing bends which would ultimately bring a debut victory for an ecstatic Joes Army Syndicate.
12 April 2016
Enjoying the early stages in the career of four time race winner Kilbrien Clodagh (Knockglass Billy/Trixies Post), the Only In It For The Craic Syndicate embody all the sporting spirit that name would suggest in support of their latest in a line of trackers since first forming over a decade ago.
15 March 2016
Keeping friends together in support of a young and highly promising tracker, the Halfway Bar Syndicate are enjoying the successful career start of Trembling Bean (Romeo Recruit/Beanfield Parke) having seen the May 2014 dog register his fourth victory from just six career starts when leading throughout his latest A3 525 yard contest at Limerick Greyhound Stadium. However, celebrations in the wonderfully welcoming confines of the Clarecastle public house of the same name have been untypically muted from the highly sociable supporting entourage of late as John Keane declares that all four members are “on the dry for lent!”
23 February 2016
Abbeyfeale Ten can Ramble Inn-to Juvenile final
20 January 2016
There can be many reasons for forming a greyhound racing syndicate and whether it be in search of a future superstar in the hope of financial rewards or to create an outlet for friends to enjoy exciting nights out together, the primary objective is and probably always should be to simply have fun in support of your aspiring race winner. That is without doubt the case for the Can’t Afford A Horse syndicate who have created priceless memories while laying down a blueprint for all future syndicates since first starting out with Pochie Of Aus (Premier County/Crockadee) in 2007.
14 December 2015
Outside of being lucky enough to win a classic with your first venture into greyhound racing, there can hardly be a greater reward when forming a syndicate than embarking on an exciting new adventure that will strengthen the bonds of long term friendships in support of your new aspiring race winner. Such is the case for the Up To No Good Syndicate of Galway who recently witnessed their Upourside (Royal Impact/Sandals Oz) score his first race victory on home ground, on his debut appearance!
20 October 2015
A young and extremely promising Jackies Flyer (Iso Octane/Highview Baby) scored his seventh career victory at Shelbourne Park on Saturday last when completing a hat-trick of wins and continues to show his owners, the Na Fianna Syndicate of Enfield Co.Meath a winner’s mentality and steely determination that will be needed on Bank Holiday Monday when Na Fianna bid for Meath County Football Final glory against Navan O’Mahony’s.
30 September 2015
Derby Venture in Doubt while Apostles follow the lead
25 September 2015
Plenty of life after the Derby for King Henry
1 September 2015
Askeaton Quartet adore a good Foxtrot
19 August 2015
Donoghmore Girl scores Derby heat win, by candlelight!
5 August 2015
Zorro continues winning run for Newmarket hurlers
21 July 2015
While most of the syndicates featured in this column will have been formed either through friendship, in the workplace or among groups of sports minded people who may have known each other for some time, the formation of the Worldwide Syndicate who own Dundalk debut winner Ballymac Johnros was a product of an on-line initiative by Louth trainer Peter Noone and consists of twenty members who had for the most part been virtual strangers!
7 July 2015
Eagerly awaiting the start of West End Boy’s racing career, Rosies-Cantina-Syndicate of Lismore County Waterford made an impulsive decision to purchase a greyhound following a trip to Youghal Greyhound Stadium but with Mary Dalton using her organisational skills from behind the counter at Roses West End Bar, all involved remain enthusiastic about the new venture that they finance for a fiver per week!
23 June 2015
New syndicate reap Benefits of David’s Fantasy
10 June 2015
The year long ownership of Razldazlnewstalk (Kinloch Brae/Razldazl Alice) by radio station Newstalk FM came to an end earlier this month with the 2014 Irish Grand National winner set to continue his career in the UK but leaves breakfast show presenter and leading syndicate member Ivan Yates with many positive memories in what he describes as a highly successful venture.
25 May 2015
Victory in the Lee Strand A2 525 yard stake at Tralee on Saturday of last week saw Baby The Goat (Droopy Scolari/Boxer Princess) continue his immensely impressive career start while also enhancing the brilliant winning statistics for the Tom Hegarty bred litter that is “the talk” of a usually football mad parish in Lissleton, Co.Kerry.
25 May 2015
A defeat in her fourth career outing at Limerick Greyhound Stadium for Mynamesjeff (Droopys Scolari/Kilara Cher) on Saturday last sees her still in search of a first race victory but having shown promise in all starts, she retains the faith of her six strong syndicate of young owners who certainly know a good one when they see it!