Owned by Raymond Patterson in Devon, Skywalker Puma is trained by Frances O’Donnell in Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Frances, who is a sister of last year’s winning trainer, Dolores Ruth, celebrated a fourth Derby win for the O’Donnell household with trainer husband, Matt.
A massive crowd of over 6,000 people were in Shelbourne Park for the Final, which was worth €120,000, plus trophy to the winner. Skywalker Puma is a son of Royal Impact and Dianas Ranger, bred by Paddy Purtill from Kerry.
Result of the 2012 Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby Final
1 Skywalker Puma 29.39
2 Cuil Cougar nk
3 Razldazl George 3.5L
4 Coolykereen Imp .75L
5 Tyrur Sugar Ray 1L
6 Camas nk
Ireland’s National Broadcaster, RTE broadcast live on the night, and the programme is currently available worldwide online on rte.ie/player. Greyhound View will be carrying all the action on Thursday night on TG4 & Setanta; and the highlights of all the rounds are available Youtube.com/irishgreyhoundboard.
Dublin trainer, Marie Gilbert, was named Best Dressed Lady on the night, winning a fantastic Getaway break in Limerick, including a stay in the 4 Star Clarion Hotel, a VIP night in Limerick Greyhound Stadium, and €500 spending money.