A packed Shelbourne Park and huge tv viewers noticed the Tipperary-trained Lenson Bocko land the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby on Saturday evening in one among the ultimate’s most thrilling finishes ever.
The win earned €140,000 for connections, together with house owners the Lochead-Ponder-Whelan Syndicate and Golden-based coach Graham Holland.
Lenson Bocko obtained over the road only a neck forward of the fast-finishing Boylesports King.
Above – Conor Grey, CEO of BoyleSports (sponsors) presents the trophy to Austin Whelan and the connections of Lenson Bocko after his victory within the closing of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park. Additionally included are Gerard Dollard CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB); Clonmelman Frank Nyhan (again, left), chairman, IGB; Andrew Doyle, Minister of State on the Division of Agriculture, Meals and the Marine; joint house owners Len Ponder and Graham Field; coach Graham Holland, Nicky Holland (handler), Rachel, Timothy and Christopher Holland. Image: Imelda Grauer
One other Tipperary canine, Run Blissful, skilled in Cappawhite by Pat Buckley, ran a gallant race to complete an extra head behind in third place.
A photograph end was required to separate all three greyhounds.
Killmacdonagh and Mucky Brae (additionally skilled by Graham Holland) took fourth and fifth locations respectively.
156 greyhounds started the occasion 5 weeks in the past in what was a 13% enhance on entries for final 12 months’s occasion. The Derby boasted an general prize fund of €300,000.
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