Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium

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Brighton and Hove Greyhound Stadium
Brighton and Hove Greyhound Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 540920.jpg
LocationBrighton and Hove
OperatorLadbrokes Coral
Opened1928
Tenants
Greyhound racing
Website
http://www.brightonandhovegreyhoundstadium.co.uk/

Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium is a greyhound racing track located in the Hove Park area of the city of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex.[1] The stadium also has a restaurant and a number of bars and is owned by the Gala Coral Group and race meetings are held every Thursday and Saturday evening, in addition to three afternoon meetings.

Competitions[edit]

Origins[edit]

The plans for the site on Nevill Road and adjoining Hove Park were unanimously passed by the Brighton Corporation in January 1928. Charles Wakeling, Freddie Arnold and Major Carlos Campbell instigated the construction and the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA) had shares in the company called the Greyhound Racing Association (Brighton) Ltd.[2]

Opening[edit]

The first race to be held at the track known as the Hove Sports Stadium was the Hove Stakes and took place on 2 June 1928. 'Costs' the 7-4f won the 525 yards race for trainer Toone and won £16 for his owner W.G.Hooper who was a solicitor by trade.[3]

Pre-War History[edit]

Originally the track was primitive with the hare being wound around the course by hand and it took ten years of racing before electric lighting was installed. A hand operated tote was installed in 1932 but suffered from the government ban on tote betting the same year until the 1934 Betting and Lotteries Act reversed the ban. In 1940 the resident kennels moved to Morley Lodge, Albourne, Henfield, West Sussex. This purpose built kennel facility for over 200 hounds offered a modern brick facility and each range had its own grass paddock. Breeding kennels were set up on a farm in Sussex and rearing kennels were built in nearby Cumberland. The circuit was described as easy swinging turns of 160 yards and short straights of 85 yards and distances were 310, 525, 565 and 800 yards with an 'Inside MacWhirter Trackless' hare. Amenities included a club in both enclosures (the Nevill Road Club and the Orchard Road Club) and there were dining facilities in the Grand enclosure.[4]

1945-1980[edit]

After the war the company was called the Brighton & Hove Stadium Ltd and in 1948 the stadium introduced a new event called the Regency. The Managing Director Charles Wakeling who was also the chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. died leaving the stadium in the hands of Major Carlos Campbell. Campbell died in 1958 leaving the controlling interest of the shares in the hands of the GRA. They brought in Gerard Kealey as General Manager and Peter Shotton as Racing Manager (the latter replacing Tom King in 1964)[5] and the pair went about building up the reputation of the seaside track. During the sixties racing was held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, in addition to the restaurant there was three buffet bars and seven licensed bars. The circumference had changed to 491 yards with distances of 550, 725 and 880 yards with an 'Inside The track trainers consisted of Fred Lugg, Arthur Hancock, Birch & Gunner Smith Sumner' hare.[6]

Brighton introduced travelling payments for open race trainers to encourage entries to travel south and the Sussex Cup was inaugurated in 1972 followed by the Brighton Belle for bitches in 1975.[7] In 1976 a significant deal was struck in when Coral Leisure purchasing Brighton and Romford. Des Nichols was brought in as Racing Manager from sister track Romford when Shotton moved to Wembley in 1978. Jim Layton succeeded him a few years later. A fourth major race called the Olympic was introduced in 1979

1981-1999[edit]

Brighton greyhound Ballyregan Bob trained by George Curtis became a household name after breaking the world record in 1986 by winning 32 consecutive races. One year later the stadium became the last course in Britain to remove their turf surface changing to all-sand. Gerard Kealey died in 1989 and Peter Shotton became General Manager (he had returned to Brighton from Wembley).[8]

In 1991 Coral announced that their greyhound tracks would be sold to fund the purchase of 73 bingo halls from Granada Theatre Ltd but despite the deal being struck and subsequent birth of Gala Bingo the tracks remained under the ownership of Coral. However Coral did lose a court case around the same time to the Alliance & Leicester forcing them to relinquish land where the Orchard Road enclosure stood. A new generation of trainers arrived at Hove in the 1990s, Brian Clemenson was three times Champion Trainer and his assistant Alan (Claude) Gardiner replaced Bill Masters when he retired. Peter Miller replaced Jim Layton as Racing Manager in 1994.[9]

21st Century[edit]

Today the track remains one of the premier venues in the country and attracts some of the best trainers in the country including recent acquisitions Seamus Cahill and Norah McEllistrim. In 2018 the stadium signed a deal with SIS to race every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon, and every Thursday and Saturday evening.[10]

Achievements[edit]

Track records[edit]

Current records[edit]

Distance
metres
Greyhound Time Date Notes
285 Jimmy Lollie [11] 15.89 07.10.2010
285 Target Harris [12] 15.89 12.06.2014
475 Southfield Jock [13] 27.42 22.10.2015
475 Forest Con [14] 27.42 03.05.2017
490 Droopys Gold [15] 28.38 27.12.2018
515 Barnfield On Air [16] 29.20 31.07.2007 Sussex Cup final
515 hurdles Junior Mac [17] 29.83 27.07.2010
695 Caloona Striker [18] 40.73 21.06.2005
740 Form of Magic 43.59 30.03.2002
930 Roxholme Magic [19] 56.18 30.07.2015

Former records[edit]

Distance (metres) Greyhound Time Date Notes
285 Fell Swoop 16.55 1987+ grass
285 Ard Boxer 16.48 1988+ sand
285 I Will Whisper 16.38 1989+
285 Ravage Again 16.35 30.08.1990 Etherington Sprint heats
285 Ravage Again 16.27 04.09.1990 Etherington Sprint final
285 Escort Captain 16.11 11.07.2000
285 Smoking Jonesey 16.29 2002+
285 Setemup Joe 16.20 22.03.2003
285 Tims Crow 16.05 22.05.2003
285 Jimmy Lollie 16.02 13.08.2009
285 Jimmy Lollie 15.94 17.07.2010
475 Droopys Candice 27.67 24.07.2001
475 Swift Star 27.47 01.08.2002
475 Cash the Deal 27.47 26.07.2003
500 Linacre 28.99 1976+ National record
500 Balliniska Band 28.99 1977+
500 Mondays Bran 28.96 1979+ Sussex Cup final & world record
515 Glen Miner 29.62 04.05.1982 grass & Olympic Final
515 John Doe 30.14 1988+ sand
515 Hit The Lid 29.73 30.07.1988
515 Iceman Joey 29.46 19.07.2002
515 Buy the Mystery 29.41 21.08.2003
515 Ballybrazil Hero 29.27 20.07.2004 Sussex Cup Heats
670 Westmead Champ 39.78 1976+ Regency Final
680 Fair Reward 40.30 1980+
680 Glin Bridge 39.94 1976+
695 Ballyregan Bob 41.13 02.11.1985 grass
695 Ballyregan Bob 42.04 09.12.1986 sand
695 Waltham Abbey 41.21 31.08.1989
695 Killeacle Phoebe 41.10 21.04.2001
695 Form of Magic 40.82 26.03.2002 Trainers Championship
695 Centour Corker 40.74 08.05.2003
725 Glin Fane 1978+
725 Princess Glin 43.22 1979+
740 Sundridge Bet 44.42 08.07.1982
740 Apache Warrior 44.15 1987+ grass
740 Ballyregan Bob 44.62 1988+ sand
740 Life Policy 44.35 1988+
740 Sail On Valerie 44.29 05.05.1990
740 Mobile Magic 44.24 1992+
740 Lady Flyaway 44.20 21.08.1997
930 Kegans Gold 56.88 24.07.2001
930 Centour Corker 56.29 03.06.2003
930 Greenacre Lin 56.20 08.06.2004
955 Langford Dacoit 58.46 1978+
970 Sandy Lane 59.66 20.08.1983
970 Huntsmans Nippy 59.59 1987+ grass
970 Comeragh Larch 61.20 1988+ sand
970 Saquita 59.99 27.07.1989
970 Marys Gem 59.56 14.09.1997
500 H Wotch It Buster 29.71 1978+
515 H Sir Winston 30.47 1987+ grass
515 H Ozarks Warrior 30.89 1988+ sand
515 H Lord Westlands 30.49 05.11.1988
515 H Group Tycoon 30.78 24.07.2001
515 H Group Tycoon 30.39 15.09.2001
515 H Greenacre George 30.08 01.08.2002
680 H Across The Miles 41.43 1979+
695 H August Monday 42.86 1987+ grass
695 H Mixer Mick 44.06 1988+ sand
695 H Mixer Mick 43.13 1988+
695 H Razmac Dancer 42.95 1989+

+ Record holder during year

Pre Metric[edit]

Distance
(yards)
Greyhound Time Date Notes
310 Four-Mile Bridge 17.14 09.06.1937
525 Jesmond Cutlet 29.36 10.07.1938
525 Good Worker 29.31 1948
525 Kings Signature 29.24 05.1949 Regency final
525 Kans 28.71 14.09.1963
525 Carry on Hasty 28.32 1973+
525 Easy Investment 28.17 30.06.1973 World and National record
550 Woodvilles Fury 30.09 20.09.1965
550 Noble Pride 21.04.1966
550 Hard Held 29.77 1970
565 Bella 31.82 04.1934
565 Roving Spring 31.61 14.09.1936
565 Raths Record 31.50 1949
725 Ballyhandy Cedar 40.48 15.09.1965
725 Deneholme Flash 40.20 12.07.1969
800 Grosvenor Edwin 46.35 15.08.1938
880 Joyful C 50.70 12.04.1961
880 Spectre II 50.09 25.04.1967 Sportsview Television Trophy
1041 Hi There Snow 60.19 1970
310 H Nakomis II 18.11 23.10.1937
500 H Conna Chief 30.99 1970+
525 H Wooteys Kingmaker 30.39 12.08.1938
535 H Athea Lad 30.34 21.07.1948
550 H Blue Sprite 31.14 25.08.1965
565 H Sammys Adventure 32.61 29.08.1931

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Track Search". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 25 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  2. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing, pages 36-38. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  3. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, pages 73-78. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  4. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing, pages 36-38. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  5. ^ "Remember When - September 1964". Greyhound Star.
  6. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing, pages 36-38. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  7. ^ Genders, Roy (1975). The Greyhound and Racing Greyhound, pages 95-96. Page Brothers (Norwich). ISBN 0-85020-0474.
  8. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook, pages 216-217. Ringpress Books. ISBN 186054-010-4.
  9. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008, page 189. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  10. ^ "SIS announces schedule for SIS British Greyhound Service for 2018". SIS.
  11. ^ "2010 result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  12. ^ "2014 equal track record result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  13. ^ "2015 track record result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  14. ^ "2017 track record result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  15. ^ "2018 new distance track record result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  16. ^ "2007 result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  17. ^ "2010 result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  18. ^ "2005 result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  19. ^ "2015 result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.

External links[edit]

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