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Mixed week for Shearer trainer Ted.

Byline: Jonathan Kay

Mixed week for Shearer trainer Ted

TED SOPPITT experienced the highs and lows of greyhound racing this week when the brilliant record run of Droopys Shearer at Nottingham on Monday was followed just 24 hours later by the career-ending injury suffered by Teds Jo at Hall Green, but he said yesterday that the show must go on, writes Jonathan Kay.

"You have to come to terms with injuries in this game and I'm lucky that I still have Droopys Shearer to look forward to, although that is no consolation to John Carr and Mark Crossley who own Teds Jo.

"I couldn't sleep on Monday because I was on such a high after Shearer's run and I was still buzzing going to Hall Green the next day. But coming back from there with Teds Jo strapped up, you'd have thought I'd been hit by a bus.

"I am glad that Teds Jo has done enough to warrant a try at stud [travels to Ireland next week to stand with Michael and Sean Dunphy], but you can't help wondering what might have been with him on the track because he had nowhere near reached his potential."

Droopys Shearer is due to run in the heats of the William Hill Puppy Classic at Nottingham on Monday and Soppitt said it is important to banish this week's bad memories.

"You can't go worrying every time you put a dog on the track, you're better off out of the game if that is the case. But you only have to look at the way injuries have gone up in the past few weeks to realise that this is a dangerous time of year.

"Tracks have to do everything possible to make the surfaces safe and that means putting loads of water on while the weather is so hot. Hall Green did that and Teds Jo's injury was just one of those racing things, but I'm not so sure that other tracks are as good."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2003
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