Saturday 18 November 2017

‘The Shergar of the greyhound industry’ – Record-breaking greyhound worth €1m stolen

Proud connections of Clare's Rocket receive the Doire Construction Champion Stakes Trophy
Proud connections of Clare's Rocket receive the Doire Construction Champion Stakes Trophy
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

An investigation has been launched after a record-breaking greyhound worth over €1m was reported stolen.

Clares Rocket was reportedly stolen from the kennels owned by Irish Derby winning trainer Graham Holland in Golden, Co Tipperary.

It is believed the incident occurred between 6pm on December 4 and the early hours of December 5.

The dog is owned by a Limerick syndicate, and has been trained by Holland, who owns family-run business Riverside Kennels in Tipperary.

“This is really the Shergar story of the greyhound industry,” one high profile Limerick greyhound trainer told the Limerick Leader today.

“If you look at his card, I think he has won over €53,000 in prize money and I would say for stud purposes he could be worth in excess of €1 million,” he added.

Clares Rocket is currently listed as second favourite to win the English Derby.

Earlier this year, the dog won the Doire Construction Champion Stakes semi-final by seven lengths.

That victory was described as "an annihilation of some of the best greyhounds on either side of the Irish Sea."

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Tipperary Garda Station on 062 80670, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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