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Greyhounds: Wrist injury forces Rebel retirement.

Byline: Michael Fortune

SCOTTISH Derby hero Priceless Rebel has run his last race. He sustained a serious wrist injury in Saturday's second round of the Paddy Power Irish Derby and will be retired to stud duties.

Trainer Paul Hennessy admits to having a phobia about sand tracks and lays the blame for the spate of injuries that have hit his star trackers at the door of sand surfaces.

He said yesterday: "Sand is causing a huge amount of injuries and I would love to see them dig up the sand at Shelbourne and put it back down the rabbit hole it came from. My local vet says he is making a living treating injuries from one provincial track alone.

"The money people are spending on good dogs now they deserve better. There's no reason why they can't have a good grass track at Shelbourne, the track is spared, there are few trials, no handslips, no sales trials, just three nights of racing per week. Why can't we have a proper grass surface?"

Hennessy continued: "I'm not alone in this, ask trainers anywhere. The rate of injuries on sand just now is frightening."

In the past few weeks Hennessy has seen the careers of his star trackers Rutland Budgie, Longvalley Tina, Late Late Show and Priceless Rebel all ended by injuries.

Priceless Rebel, a son of Staplers Jo and Tinas Beauty, holds the 525 track record at Shelbourne with a 28.27sec return, but he will always be remembered for his great Scottish Derby final buckle with Santovita. He is owned by Kathleen Murphy.

Said Hennessy: "He was a great servant and I honestly felt he had a real chance of winning the Derby. He was just coming to himself after his lay-off. He will now join Rutland Budgie and Late Late Show at our Black & Amber Stud."

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The brilliant Priceless Rebel has now officially hung up his muzzle after sustaining a wrist injury at Shelbourne on Saturday night, and will now begin a new career at stud
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2002
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