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Graeme Bate: Velocette and Amity Bale retire from racing

by Matt on December 3, 2009

Trainer Graeme Bate has had to retire two of his greyhounds from racing. The first, Velocette, was officially retired (as suspected) after sustaining a back injury in last month’s Melbourne Cup heats. Velocette leaves behind an outstanding Australian greyhound racing career, highlights of which include five Group wins including victory in the coveted Group 1 Australian Cup.

The second – and absolutely shocking – career end belongs to that of star runner Amity Bale, who following last night’s race in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup at The Gardens, suffered a severe hock injury during the race. Veterinary inspection that took place following the race revealed a fractured hock for the Graeme Bate trained staying star. Amity Bale officially retires with 72 career race starts, with 31 wins, 24 placings and total career earnings of $275,195. However, there would be few who would not admit that Amity Bale seemed to only be coming into her stride in recent times, and that a great future as a Group1 champion lay ahead.

We can’t help but feel immensely sad at the recent events, particularly considering the bright star we saw in Amity Bale’s future.

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