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Fred Down And Out For Two Weeks
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Friday, 8 June 2007: Celebrity greyhound Fred Basset took a tumble at Sandown Park last Thursday night but trainer Angela Langton is confident her star will be sidelined only temporarily.

Fred and Jules Lund earlier this year
Fred and Jules Lund earlier this year

Chasing his first win in Melbourne, the media megastar began quickly from box 6
and was vying for the early lead with three other greyhounds before being
sandwiched on the first turn and falling spectacularly.

He then regained his footing and encouragingly managed to complete the race, finishing last.

Fred was examined by Sandown Park Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Narelle Cribb after
the race, who advised Stewards to prevent him from competing for 5 days after
he was found to be sore in his right thigh and left shoulder.

“He’s a bit sore but it’s certainly not a major injury and I’d expect him to race
again within a fortnight or so.

He’d try and race now if I let him”, Langton said on
the morning after the race.

Fred Basset rose to stardom on the top rating radio program the Hamish & Andy
Show last year, and half of his prize money goes to the Royal Children’s Hospital,
for whom he has earned nearly $3,000 this year on top of the $7,000 he earned
for the 2007 Good Friday Appeal in April.

His race record now stands at 27 starts for 7 wins, 2 seconds and 9 thirds.

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