The greyhound world has been shocked by the news that Clare's Rocket has been abducted. The leading fancy for next year's English Derby was snatched from the kennels of trainer Graham Holland in Tipperary, Ireland.
Arguably the fastest greyhound seen in many years, fans have been left in despair. Irish police confirmed they are investigating the disappearance of the dog which is second-favourite for next year's English Derby.
Owned by a Limerick syndicate, Clare's Rocket hit the headlines earlier this year when suffering an injury when competing in the first round of the BoyleSports Irish Derby.
He made a full recovery, returning in November, only to be beaten when 2/5f at the showpiece Night of Stars meeting at Shelbourne Park.
Holland was returning from holiday at the time the dog went missing in the early hours of Monday morning.