"Not exactly Crufts"...was a comment heard when VISNEWS filmed at Mongrel Park, Kilcullen, Country Kildare,?
GV.PAN.Crowds at Mongrel Park, Kilcullen.
SCU. Dog waiting to be registered for races.
CU. Another dog waiting to be registered.
SCU. Another dog waiting to be registered.
STV. Owners registering dogs names.
SCU. Coloured neck-band being put over dogs head.
SCU. Another dog having neckband put over head.
SCU.PAN.DOWN From little girl with her dog who fights shy over neckband.
SV. Crowd looking on.
CU Many hands holding dog's head while neckband is put on.
CU. Small dog having neckband put on.
CU. Announcer giving particulars of first race over microphone.
LV. Owners with dogs parading.
SV. Small girl in parade with dog.
SV. Crowd around bookmakers.
SV. Bookie taking large sum for bet being placed.
CU. Bookie turns to tell clerk particulars of bet.
CU. Clerk entering bets.
CU. Board showing positions drawn for race.
SV. Dog being put into trap.
CU. Dog being put into trap.
SCU. Another dog put into trap.
CU. Dogs shut in traps.
CU. Uncovering hare.
LV. Flag at traps signals that race is set for start.
SV. Man turning large wheel which pulls hare.
CU. Hare being pulled.
LV.PAN.Dogs out of trap PAN to B/V in "Slow Coach Canter" race.
SV.PAN.Finish of race, dogs run into bushes and are caught.
SV. Result of race being chalked up on wall.
CU. Winning dog's time on board.
CU. Dog holding ladies handbag in mouth (owner gone to collect winnings).
LV. Dogs large and small parading for next race.
SV. Men looking at race cards.
SV. Small dog passing larger dog as he is put into trap.
LV. Dogs out of trap (large dog handicapped) PAN to B/V in the "Rag Man's Dash "race.
CU. Little girl spectators.
SCU. Ringing bell for next race.
SV. Man turning large wheel
CU. Face of above man.
LV.TOWARDS.Finish of "The Non-Triers Fiddle" race, box is put over hare.
CU. Dog smelling and barking at box.
LV.PAN.Finish of "The Cut Throat Gallop" race, dogs through bushes and start fighting.
CU. Two dogs fighting.
SPORT: TERRIER RACING
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Background: "Not exactly Crufts"...was a comment heard when VISNEWS filmed at Mongrel Park, Kilcullen, Country Kildare, Eire, May 24, where an Irishman's inner love for a gamble has once again blossomed to the surface with a new 'sport' - Terrier Racing. Shaggy dogs, hairless dogs, tall dogs, tiny dogs... dogs of all shapes and descriptions are defying the greyhound monopoly on village 'tracks' all over Ireland.
The 'Race-card' lists such colourfully named races as the 'Slow Coach Canter' ...'the Rag Man's Dash'...and the 'Non-Triers Fiddle'.
Following the rules of greyhound racing very closely, the dogs are registered, clothed in an identifying knitted coloured collar, solemnly paraded so that the punter may back his fancy with numerable bookmakers, and placed in the trap ready for the 'off'.
When human and canine yapping has subsided, the starter raises his flag... they're under orders. The hareman begins to wind the 'hare' home, and all is silent as the 'hare' passes the trap...gates fly open and they're off.
Six eager yelping tykes hurl themselves down the hundred yard stretch after the fugitive 'hare'. So great is their enthusiasm that a brush fence is erected across the 'track' to arrest their headlong flight. Even this does not prevent them crashing through and fighting over the now safely 'boxed' prize.
Prizes of up to five pounds are tempting owners to enter the family pets.