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THE CORAL GREYHOUND OLYMPIC - HOVE 515m (£7,500)

Holdem Chico, trained by Carol Weatherall, brought the curtain down on 2015 with an incredible victory in the 2015 Coral Greyhound Olympic. Six greyhounds had one last chance to end the year on a high by banking the £7,500 first-prize. It was Holdem Chico who shined the brightest, not only banking the money but grabbing his place in the history books.

 

The hare is running the traps fly open and it's Millward Master and Holdem Chico who are level in the early stages. Holdem Chico showed better acceleration into the corner and turned in front. Ballymac Brogan rushed past Millwards Master into second and he was off in hot pursuit of the leader. Out in front, Holdem Chico was setting a strong pace; he flew down the back and if anything was slightly increasing the gap. Turning for home Ballymac Brogan gave it everything but Holdem Chico though would not be denied and he crossed the line 3/4 length to the good over Ballymac Brogan in 30.10 (-20).

 

There was plenty to like about this performance from Holdem Chico. He delivered in the early-pace department and that is what won him this competition. Ballymac Brogan ran another very solid race and it would be no surprise to see him land a Category One competition next year. Millwards Master third and Crossfield Cesar fourth have both landed big competitions and on this evidence more trophies will be heading their way in 2016. Forest Gavin fifth, and Southern Henri sixth, deserve a lot of praise for making the final, both are a credit to connections. 

 

Carol Weatherall on Holdem Chico 

 

“He'd not won since about July, he is a very nervous dog, but he is coming on leaps and bounds. He showed terrific early-pace and the bunching around the first-bend helped him. I'm delighted with him. He just needed that clear run and he got it and it is a really nice way to end the year. His owners are absolutely thrilled and I just hope this is now his time to shine. He will more than likely have a rest now and then we will probably target the Scottish Derby. I would like to say thanks to Hove and everyone connected with Coral for their amazing sponsorship. I'm so pleased I really am and I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year".

 

OLYMPIC HISTORY

 

You can't write about the Coral Greyhound Olympic, without mentioning the great House Hunter. This competition was first run in 1947, and only one greyhound has managed to win the competition back-to-back; House Hunter. A 1983 whelp, by Tiger Jazz - Brass Tacks, trained by Gunner Smith, he lifted this famous trophy aloft in 1986 and 1987. He nearly made it three wins because in 1985, he was only stopped by the great Ballyreagan Bob, who was sent off at 2-5. At the line there was only 1 and 1/2 lengths between them in 30.04. House Hunter made the Derby final in 1985, won by the great Pagan Swallow, but his second and two victories in the Olympic ensure his place in the history books is cemented for all time.