Long Fellow – the greyhound named in honour of the late, great, Lester Piggott – landed the Horse and Hound Syndicate a memorable first Category One triumph at Oxford Stadium on Friday night.
Watched by a bumper crowd, Matt Dartnell’s January ’22 pup delivered the performance of his short career to date when beating favourite King Memphis by three-quarters-of-a-length in 26.72 seconds.
It scooped connections the £10,000 first prize with Long Fellow becoming the competition’s second champion after it was launched in October last year as part of Oxford Stadium’s regeneration.
Horse and Hound Syndicate lead George Sell told the Racing Post: “I can’t quite believe it! It’s the first time many of the group have been involved with a greyhound.
“I used to have one with Matt (Dartnell) and was interested in getting pup and liked Away Shelly (Long Fellow’s dam) who he had trained. From her, there was a three-month old litter of four, three bitches and one dog. I asked Matt if we could have the dog, and he agreed.”
On behalf of everyone at Oxford Stadium, congratulations to Long Fellow and all connections.