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By Toby McKend
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GREYHOUNDS: Hero holds on for sprint triumph

ANNAN 2/1 shot Kelly's Hero led from the first bend to secure a sprint victory as the 2016 racing season began at Halcrow Greyhound Stadium, Gretna at the weekend.

The two-year-old bitch, owned and trained by Ba Ba Metcalfe, crossed the line with a .75 length advantage ahead of a fast finishing Glasgow-based dog, Real Fun.

Later Gretna regular Dexter Clark notched up a victory over the same distance with his three-year-old dog Magnet.

He maintained an early lead to win by an impressive 4.5 lengths from Tom Clark’s four-year-old Workington dog Pop.

Dexter Clark later completed a double when his greyhound Jen won the 665 metres open race at 2/1 finishing three lengths in front of West Cumbrian rival Mary Rose.

 

RESULTS and STARTING PRICES

First race (7.30) – 1, Nosey Rosie, trap 1, price 5/2; 2, Ballydoyle, 5, 5/2; distance 1.25 lengths; winning time 17.88 seconds.

Second (7.45) – 1, Pipa 5, 1/2 fav.; 2, I Wish, 3, 5/4; 6; 17.40.

Third (8.00) – 1, Kelly’s Hero, 2, 2/1; 2, Real Fun, 5, 6/4; .75; 17.91.

Fourth (8.15) – Unlock, 1, 4/6 fav.; 2, Flaming Jill, 4, 5/2; 1; 17.67.

Fifth (8.30) – 1, Magnet, 2, 6/4; 2, Pop, 6, 2/1; 4.5; 17.45.

Sixth (8.45) – 1, Mobil Oil, 6, 4/6 fav.; 2, Rocky, 1, 6/4; 5; 17.28.

Seventh (9.00) – 1, Jen, 4, 2/1; 2, Mary Rose, 2, 2/1; 3; 43.29.

Eighth (9.15) – 1, Reilly, 2, 6/4; 2, Cracker, 1, evens/fav., 6.16.

Ninth (9.30) – 1, Jumbo, 2, evens /fav.; 2, Star, 1, 6/4; 4.25; 29.68.

Tenth (9.45) – 1, Barbie, 2, evens/fav.; 2, Coal Mor, 5, 6/4; 1.75; 30.33.

 

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