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Clares Rocket

Clares Rocket: found safe and well after abduction

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Garda report Clares Rocket 'found and is safe'

GARDA on Wednesday morning said Clares Rocket "has been found and is safe and well."

The greyhound world had been rocked by the news that Clares Rocket, arguably the fastest greyhound seen for many years, had been abducted from the kennels of trainer Graham Holland in Tipperary.

Irish police had previously stated an investigation was taking place into the apparent theft of the dog, who is second-favourite for the 2017 English Derby. Four men have now been arrested in connection with the theft.

Clares Rocket, who is owned by a Limerick syndicate, was the ante-post favourite for the BoyleSports Irish Derby this year, but was withdrawn with an injury after finishing second in the first round.

He recovered from the injury, but was again beaten on his return when a hot favourite to win one of the valuable races on the showpiece Night of Stars at Shelbourne Park in November.

It in understood Holland, an Englishman who has been hugely successful since switching to train from his base in Golden, Tipperary, was returning from holiday at the time the dog went missing in the early hours of Monday morning.

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