One of the best greyhounds of his own or any generation, the 2016 Con & Annie Kirby champion Droopys Roddick (Droopys Jet/Droopys Start) has been retired due to a recurrence of the wrist injury sustained during last year's Derby.
Nursed back with an eye on a comeback, he held up well to gallops and a hand-slip prior to his sprint trial at Tralee on Friday but Pauline Buckley confirmed the same injury had come back to haunt him.
He will remain with team Buckley as they again treat the injury before returning to Portlaw to stand at stud with his breeders.
Winning an English Puppy Derby, Con & Annie Kirby Memorial and Dundalk International, Roddick gathered yet more fans in a brilliant effort to win the English Derby when only narrowly denied by Jaytee Jet in a photo-finish last season and will be remembered as a true superstar of the sport who never knew when he was beat.
2016 Con & Annie Kirby Final.
2016 Dundalk International