The offer of the money obviously appealed to the thieves and, after eleven days, they contacted Kelleher and told him that he would get the bitch back once the money was paid over to them.
Kelleher felt that he was left with no choice but to hand over the € 1,000, foolish and all as that decision might appear, and one can well imagine his anger on discovering the damage that had been done to the bitch.
She couldn’t be earmarked again and had to be micro-chipped, but, with good care, she recovered well and did reasonably good time in her first trial back. Subsequently, she was to reveal quite outstanding ability and, indeed, she went to England on February 28 and beat some very good greyhounds over 678 metres.
She was actually 5/4 favourite to win a secondround heat of the Irish Cesarewitch at Mullingar last Saturday night, but she was beaten into fifth place. Hopefully, she will enjoy better luck in other upcoming events, to give the story the kind of flavour that everybody would like to see.