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Greyhounds: Barney not so bad says trainer.

Byline: Andy Johnson

HEE HAWS BARNEY is not as badly injured as many feared when he trailed home in the first round of the Paddy Power Irish Derby at Shelbourne Park on Wednesday night, with trainer Andy Johnson yesterday reporting the two-yearold to have suffered a back injury, writes Jonathan Kay. ``We're not certain of the exact nature of the injury,'' said Johnson, who flew home yesterday morning, leaving Hee Haws Barney to receive veterinary care in Ireland, ``but everyone is very hopeful that he'll make a full recovery.

``I've watched the race five or six times this morning and you can definitely see him check up at the third bend, which is where he must have felt something. To my mind, he looked like the winner at that point, then the next thing he was limping in behind the rest of the field.

``We can't put a timescale on when he'll be back, but I'm just pleased that he will be. We've had an unbelievable run of injuries lately and it does test your resolve, but we've stayed as upbeat as we can. You have to move on in this game and now we're looking forward to a young pup of ours, Smoking Blues, running on Monday.''

Hee Haws Barney was the talking dog of the winter after being purchased out of Ian Reilly's kennel for E100,000. He has shown good form at times during a limited racing career, but got no further than round two in the William Hill Derby.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 12, 2005
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