Dolores Rocket

Dolores Rocket

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Black bitch Dolores Rocket (March 1969, by Newdown Heather out of Come On Dolores) was the first greyhound to win both the Derby and the St Leger since the mighty Mick The Miller in the early 1930’s. Her dam had won over 880 yards, and she imbued her daughter with her abundant stamina. Dolores Rocket, the only bitch in a litter of seven, was retained by her owners, the four White brothers, who sold on the six male pups. This proved to be a stroke of luck for the Surrey-based owners, who could not have foreseen Dolores Rocket’s brilliant career.

Dolores Rocket wasted no time in realizing her potential; in her very first competition she won the final of the 1970 Puppy Oaks at Wimbledon, and followed that by winning the Sporting Life Puppy Stakes. After her seasonal rest owner-trainer Harry White aimed Dolores Rocket at the 1971 Derby. She was slow to come to hand, and in her semi-final she scraped through in third place, just in front of Irish Derby winner Sole Aim. Come the final, though, Dolores Rocket was back to her best, and beat a strong field in 28.74 seconds, the second fastest time for the premier classic over the 525 yard trip (the distance was changed to 500 metres in 1975).

It was time now for Dolores Rocket to show her mettle over six bends. She did her multitude of supporters proud, breaking track records at Romford and Wimbledon. She’d already won the Spring Cup at Wembley, and she returned in the autumn to take the St Leger in 40.03 seconds. Combining speed and stamina, Dolores Rocket proved herself a wonderful racing greyhound, and she remains the only bitch to win both the Derby and St Leger.

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