Knowing of the luck Geraldines have had this season, the probability is the benefit greyhound meeting being staged by the Haggardstown club at Dundalk Stadium on Saturday night will have that many racegoers there, they’ll be hanging out of the rafters. And there’ll probably be loads of local winners of the heavily-sponsored races as well.
We could have Stephen Thornton coming in with a double, his brother, Martin, leading out one for John Savage, and maybe Vivian Sands scoring with one of the Sandygroves. And what about Pat Duffy? He’s long enough living on the Chapel Road to be called one of their own, and this being a season during which Pat has had a strong measure of success, one of his charges would surely have a chance if getting a run.
Okay, so it hasn’t been all luck, or even a small part, on the field. The intermediate team may have nicked the league with a win in the very last game, but there was nothing fluky about their eclipse of St Bride’s in the championship final. And the same can be said of the minors’ success in the knock-out, the Josh Arrowsmith-captained side putting St Mary’s to the sword in the second half. Along with all that, the U21s landed a competition win soon after the season had left the traps.
What of Senator Jim D’Arcy? Taking a lash of the party whip, he went out canvassing for the abolishment of his workplace a number of weeks back. He mightn’t have liked it, but had to do it. His side was odds-on to score, but what happens? The favs are turned over, beaten in a photo finish. And Jim keeps his job. Now, that’s luck.
Jim, an avid racegoer, could be there on Saturday night, perhaps in the company of party colleague, Co Meath TD, Ray Butler, whose name has often appeared on racecards this seasons, many times attached to a winner.
The already-mentioned Stephen Thornton has been prominent in organising Saturday’s meeting, and he reports that there’s been a great response to calls for sponsorship. Being a greyhound man, he’s made sure there’ll be a few extra quid in it for the winning owners.
It won’t be all about greyhound racing. There’ll be grub on the job, and long before the last greyhound crosses the finish-line, The Long Riders will be strumming their guitars and clearing their throats. First race is at 8 o’clock, and even if you haven’t got a ticket, you can pay at the door.