Clares Rocket has been ruled out of the 2017 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby after picking up a wrist injury in Saturday's quarter-finals at Shelbourne Park, and the Graham Holland-trained superstar, who was sitting at the head of the betting, will now be retired.

Beaten a neck by Good News in Saturday's quarter-final, Clares Rocket has previously racked up a trio of wins in the competition, as he attempts to improve on his English Greyhound Derby finish, where he was a beaten finalist in the Towcester showpiece, but Holland's kennel star will now not be seen on the track again, after picking up this career-ending injury.

A greyhound that has made the front pages of national newspapers in recent times following a kidnapping scandal, it was Clares Rocket's performances on the track that propelled him into the limelight, but a glittering career is over for a dog-of-a-lifetime, and trap four will now be vacant in Saturday's second semi-final.

Revised Irish Greyhound Derby Semi-Final Draw & Odds

Saturday 16th September

Heat 1

  1. Black Farren
  2. Hey Bound
  3. Native Chimes
  4. Tyrur Harold (m)
  5. Bockos Dream (w)
  6. Jaytee Barracuda (w)

Heat 2

  1. Good News
  2. Drumsna Star
  3. Sonic (w)
  4. vacant
  5. Kilgraney Ace (w)
  6. Jaytee Jet (w)