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GREYHOUNDS: Festive cheer for Hopper kennels

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THERE was a winning double for veteran Gretna trainer Tony Hopper’s kennel at the final Halcrow Stadium greyhound racing meeting of the year on Friday night.

His four-year-old race ace Aguero had the edge in the closely run 8.30 sprint race finishing with a .75 of a length lead on the line.

Putting on a strong challenge was favourite Envoy, a four-year-old dog from Willie Hyslop’s Kilmarnock kennels.

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Next Hopper victory came over the same distance in the 9.15 race when two-year-old dog Diamond Charlie took the honours in another nailbiter.

He eased ahead on the inside to take the honours by .5 of length from runner-up, Dexter Clark’s three-year-old Kirkbride dog Tic Tac.

There will be a two-week New Year break from racing at Gretna with the next scheduled Halcrow Stadium evening meeting on Friday January 13, 2017.

RESULTS and STARTING PRICES

1st race (7.30) – 1, Fat Man, trap 4, price 6/4; 2, Lochar Jet, 5, 7/4; distance 5 lengths; winning time 17.71 seconds.

2nd race (7.45) – 1, Nee Luking, 1, 4/6 fav.; 2, Lying Rascal, 2, 6/4; a neck; 17.51.

3rd (8.00) – 1, Big Rascal, 2, 4/6 fav.; 2, Macca Black, 1, 6/4; 3.75; 17.67.

4th (8.15) – 1, Torpid, 3, 6/4; 2, Wiggy’s Black, 1, 7/4; .5; 17.51.

5th (8.30) – 1, Aguero, 4, 5/4; 2, Envoy, 6, evens/fav.; .75; 17.45.

6th (8.45) – 1, Honey Suckle, 5, 5/2; 2, Condor, 2, 7/4; 1.25; 17.60.

7th (9.00) – 1, Slump, 1, 2/1; 2, Macca Moose, 3, 3/1; a neck; 17.29.

8th (9.15) – 1, Diamond Charlie, 2, evens. fav.; 2, Tic Tac, 3, 3/1; .5; 17.37.

9th (9.30) – 1, Kyle’s Alpha, 4, 5/2; 2, Mollie, 1, 5/4; 2.25; 29.65.

10th (9.45) – 1, Rachel’s Storm, 1, 2/1; 2, Whack, 6, 6/4; 1.5; 29.43.

 

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