The BoyleSports Irish Derby was thrown wide open this morning when it was announced that Clares Rocket had sustained a wrist injury in Saturday’s quarter–final of the classic and will not be taking his place in next Saturday’s second semi-final.
Indeed, it appears likely that the great tracker has run his last race as a result of the badly sprained wrist which is the same injury which caused his withdrawal from last year’s Derby.
It is a terrible blow for the dog’s connections, owners Full House Syndicate and trainer Graham Holland to lose out on two Derbys due to the same reason.
Confirming the news yesterday, Holland said, “I had my fears on Saturday when he checked going into the first bend and then again at the third bend. I wasn’t sure whether it was a problem which caused the third bend check or the leader shutting him off. But there is no way he will be able to run and I doubt if he will, ever run again”.
Clares Rocket was still the 2-1 favourite with sponsors BoyleSports before the news broke but the amended betting now has Sonic as the 9-4 favourite ahead of Good News at 9-2 with Native Chimes on 11-2 and Tyrur Harold at 6-1.