Family who won greyhound on scent of Derby win
Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30
A FAMILY who landed a prize-winning greyhound in a competition hope to see him race in the prestigious Irish Greyhound Derby.
Carol Kendellen – and three family members – became syndicate owners for the first time less than a year ago after entering a 'Win a Greyhound for a Year' competition to highlight the sport.
They were newcomers to the sport but the dog they selected – trainer Dolores Ruth's home-bred Razldazl Al – has proved fast out of the traps, as he has won four times in a row.
After the competition staged by the Irish Independent and the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), Carol visited four different trainers before settling on the then unraced 16-month-old at the trainer's yard in Rathangan, Dublin.
Carol, from Drumcondra, Dublin, pinned her faith in the trainer after learning that she had won two Irish Greyhound Derbys, one of the richest greyhound races in the world, and also landed the English Greyhound Derby.
"We went for Al and he hadn't even trialled. He didn't win his first race, his second race, or his third race," she said.
However, after increasing his distance, he won four races in the row and delivered fun nights out for the family – and they brought almost 50 people to a night at Shelbourne Park as part of the competition win.
"When he won the first race, it was magic. There is nothing like it – any prize money is incidental," said Carol.
The family now hope he will be one of more than 100 dogs entered for the Irish Derby – which will see six dogs battle it out in the final.
"I'd love to continue on with the syndicate after it is up on September 30. At that stage, he'd be an expensive little pet," said Carol, who says the sport is an affordable and enjoyable pastime with a syndicate to pay for the dog's board and training.