Prior to the €30,000 to the winner final of the Irish Greyhound Laurels, all the talk was about the big local favourite, Rockybay Foley. Trained by popular Cork trainer, Kieran Lynch, Rockybay Foley was sent to traps as the 7-4 market leader. The defending champion was bidding to win back-to-back Laurels and become the first greyhound to achieve the famous double since Mr Pickwith in 1998.
Outsider Donna Buck came with a strong late finish and they crossed the winning line together. It took a while for the result to filter through but once people realised Rockybay Foley had won, the place went mad. Lynch said: “Beforehand it was one of the best finals on paper ever, it turned into an incredible race. I couldn’t tell the result from where I was. It’s a very special night. It’s incredible.”