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Former Yarmouth Stadium regular victorious in triple dead-heat re-match

PUBLISHED: 15:34 29 January 2011

Neck, neck and ...neck From top, Killishin Masai, Droopy Djokovic and Ayamzagirl hit the finish line together in the triple dead heat at Romford Stadium , East London

Neck, neck and ...neck From top, Killishin Masai, Droopy Djokovic and Ayamzagirl hit the finish line together in the triple dead heat at Romford Stadium , East London

A re-match between the greyhounds involved in a surprising triple dead heat earlier this month saw the Norfolk contender come out on top.

Droopys Djokovic, who began his racing career at Yarmouth Stadium, was one of three dogs to take first place at Romford Stadium on January 19.

Officials spent 10 minutes studying a photograph from the finishing post to try to decide who had won, only to rule they had all taken 59.53s to run the 925m track.

The image showed all three dogs’ noses perfectly level as they crossed the line.

But on Friday, race organisers Coral staged a re-match between two-and-a-half year old Droopys Djokovic, Ayamzagirl and Killishin Masai to determine the outright winner.

The Bring It On Challenge saw the Watton greyhound beat his opponents.

It took Droopys Djokovic - named after the tennis player - 59.65s to cover the 925m, which is the equivalent of a marathon for greyhounds.

But the race, which had just three contenders, was still close with less than 0.5s separating first and third. Ayamzagirl finished in 59.91s while Killishin Masai took 60.03s.

Following the attention that surrounded their last race, the prize money had been increased with the three dogs winning £3,000 between them.

Droopys Djokovic, trained by Jim Daly from Summer Lane Kennels at Carbrooke, near Watton, took home £2,000 while second and third places won £500 each.

Bookmaker Coral had put odds of 2/1 on all three dogs.

Their last race saw each dog win their owners £225 after the prize money was split evenly between them.

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