The Executive Committee of the Irish Coursing Club decided at its executive meeting last week to change the format for the National Meeting held each year at Powerstown Park, Clonmel.
Following this year’s event the committee took feedback from the coursing public and have decided to stage the biggest coursing event in the calendar on Saturday, February 2; Sunday, February 3 and Monday, February 4, 2013 with over E180,000 in prize money.
The move is designed to accommodate the many coursing supporters that were unable to attend under the previous format due to work or college/school commitments.
The CEO of the Irish Coursing Club, D.J. Histon has stated “the National Meeting is the final destination for all the qualifiers of the Boylesports.com Derby and the Greyhound and Pet World Oaks and attracts visitors both nationally and internationally to the town of Clonmel each year.
This initiative is likely to facilitate the many people who are unable to attend under the weekday format and it is anticipated that with the revised weekend dates attendances will reflect the demand for such a change.
The executive committee acknowledges that the change involved a number of parties working with them to ensure the transition is seamless, in particular the committee of the local Clonmel and District Open Coursing club, sponsors and bookmakers”.