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Dog Racing: Solid Money retired after injury hits in Olympic.

SOLID MONEY, one of the best competition dogs of recent years, has been retired after finishing lame in the opening round of the Courage Olympic at Hove on Tuesday, writes Patrick Kelly.

Derek Knight, his trainer and part-owner, said: "He's injured a gracillis muscle and, after consultation with John [Ward, co-owner], it was decided to bring the curtain down on the career of one of the finest greyhounds I've trained."

A March 02 son of Droopys Vieri out of Town Band, Solid Money enjoyed a distinguished career at the top level and gained big-race victories in the Victor Chandler Puppy Stakes (475m, Walthamstow), Dick Smith Memorial Trophy (515m, Hove), William Hill Cesarewitch (645m, Oxford), Racing Post Festival Stayers (640m, Walthamstow) and William Hill Prestige Stakes (645m, Hall Green).

A winner of 32 of his 66 starts, he set a new track record of 34.78sec for Rom-ford's 575 metres during the 2004 Champion Stakes, and his track exploits ensure that he will long be remembered as one of Hove's most celebrated performers of the past decade.

"He's been a super dog for the kennel and greyhounds of his calibre are irreplaceable," added Knight. "He's given us a great deal of enjoyment and, of course, plans have already been made for him to enjoy his retirement at a lovely new home."

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 30, 2006
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