English Greyhound Derby
|Location||Nottingham Greyhound Stadium|
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|Distance||500 metres (1,600 ft)|
The English Greyhound Derby is the most prestigious race on the British greyhound racing calendar, with a history stretching back to 1927. It is currently run at Nottingham Greyhound Stadium, which held the event for the first time in 2019.
It was first held at White City Stadium, but moved to Wimbledon Stadium in 1985, and then Towcester Greyhound Stadium in 2017. Only four greyhounds have won the event twice, Mick the Miller, Patricias Hope, Rapid Ranger and Westmead Hawk. Trainer Charlie Lister OBE has won the event a record seven times.
The first venue of the English Greyhound Derby was at White City Stadium, which had been built for the 1908 London Olympics. Greyhound racing had only recently started to take place there, with the first greyhound race only taking place a couple of weeks prior to the first Derby being run. Entry Badge won the first race to be held, winning a £1000 prize for the dog's trainer, Joe Harmon. Two years later, racing greyhound Mick the Miller became the first dog to win multiple Derbys. The 1940 final was held at Harringay Stadium, due to the outbreak of war.
In 1973, pet food manufacturer Spillers sponsored the race for the first time, the same year that Patricias Hope became the second dog to win the Derby on more than one occasion, one of only two dogs to achieve that at White City Stadium. Spillers continued to sponsor the race, increasing the prize money to £35,000 by 1980. The Daily Mirror took over sponsorship of the race in 1983; the following year the race was held at White City for the last time before that stadium closed, with Whisper Wishes becoming the final dog to win the Derby at its original location.
The Derby was moved to Wimbledon Stadium in 1985, and remained there until 2016. The Daily Mirror continued to be the race's sole sponsor until 1990, when the Sporting Life became co-sponsor. In 1998, bookmaker William Hill became the sole sponsor; in 2006, bookmaker Blue Square took over. William Hill later renewed its involvement with greyhounds and the Wimbledon Stadium with a partnership that lasted until 2016.
The 2016 Derby was the last to be held at Wimbledon following the stadium's closure on 25 March 2017 and the redevelopment of the site for housing by the owner Galliard Homes. This resulted in the Derby being located outside London for the first time as Wimbledon was the last rgreyhound stadium in the capital.
Charlie Lister holds the record as the most successful trainer at the Derby, having won it on seven occasions. He is hailed as the greatest greyhound trainer of all time, and referred to as the 'Derby King'.
On 30 January 2017, it was announced that the event would relocate to the new greyhound stadium at Towcester Racecourse, for a minimum period of five years—but it was switched to Nottingham Greyhound Stadium in 2019 following the closure of Towcester Racecourse in 2018.
List of winners
At Nottingham from 2019 to 2019 (over 500 metres)
|2019||Priceless Blake||Paul Hennessy (Ireland)||6/1||29.32|
At Towcester from 2017 to 2018 (over 500 metres)
|2018||Dorotas Wildcat||Kevin Hutton (Towcester)||2/1||28.85|
|2017||Astute Missile||Seamus Cahill (Hove)||28/1||28.92|
At Wimbledon from 1985 to 2016 (over 480 metres)
|2016||Jaytee Jet||Paul Hennessy (Ireland)||15/8F||28.22|
|2015||Rio Quattro||Danny Riordan (Harlow)||5/1||28.24|
|2014||Salad Dodger||Bruno Berwick (Private)||16/1||28.38|
|2013||Sidaz Jack||Charlie Lister OBE (Private)||6/1||28.37|
|2012||Blonde Snapper||Mark Wallis (Yarmouth)||8/1||28.65|
|2011||Taylors Sky||Charlie Lister OBE (Private)||7/4F||28.17 (Track Record)|
|2010||Bandicoot Tipoki||Charlie Lister OBE (Private)||7/2||28.57|
|2009||Kinda Ready||Mark Wallis (Harlow)||25/1||28.65|
|2008||Loyal Honcho||Seamus Graham (Ireland)||5/2JF||28.60|
|2007||Westmead Lord||Nick Savva (Private)||6/1||28.47|
|2006||Westmead Hawk||Nick Savva (Private)||4/7F||28.44|
|2005||Westmead Hawk||Nick Savva (Private)||5/4F||28.56|
|2004||Droopys Scholes||Ian Reilly (Ireland)||7/2||28.62|
|2003||Farloe Verdict||Charlie Lister OBE (Private)||12/1||28.82|
|2002||Allen Gift||Claude Gardiner (Hove)||16/1||29.06|
|2001||Rapid Ranger||Charlie Lister OBE (Private)||7/4||28.71|
|2000||Rapid Ranger||Charlie Lister OBE (Private)||7/4F||28.71|
|1999||Chart King||Karl & Ralph Hewitt (Ireland)||8/11F||28.76|
|1998||Toms The Best||Nick Savva (Milton Keynes)||4/5F||28.75|
|1997||Some Picture||Charlie Lister OBE (Nottingham)||8/13F||28.23|
|1996||Shanless Slippy||Dolores Ruth (Ireland)||4/9F||28.66|
|1995||Moaning Lad||Theo Mentzis (Private)||5/2||28.66|
|1994||Moral Standards||Tony Meek (Hall Green)||9/4F||28.59|
|1993||Ringa Hustle||Tony Meek (Oxford)||5/2||28.62|
|1992||Farloe Melody||Matt O'Donnell (Ireland)||6/4F||28.88|
|1991||Ballinderry Ash||Patsy Byrne (Wimbledon)||5/1||28.78|
|1990||Slippy Blue||Kenny Linzell (Walthamstow)||8/1||28.70|
|1989||Lartique Note||Ger McKenna (Ireland)||1/1F||28.79|
|1988||Hit The Lid||John McGee Sr. (Canterbury)||3/1||28.53|
|1987||Signal Spark||Gary Baggs (Walthamstow)||14/1||28.83|
|1986||Tico||Arthur Hitch (Slough)||6/4JF||28.69|
|1985||Pagan Swallow||Philip Rees Jr. (Wimbledon)||9/1||29.04|
At White City Stadium from 1975 to 1984 (over 500 metres)
|1984||Whisper Wishes||Charlie Coyle (Maidstone)||7/4F||29.43|
|1983||I'm Slippy||Barbara Tompkins (Coventry)||6/1||29.40|
|1982||Lauries Panther||Terry Duggan (Romford)||6/4F||29.60|
|1981||Parkdown Jet||Ger McKenna (Ireland)||4/5F||29.57|
|1980||Indian Joe||John Hayes (Ireland)||13/8JF||29.68|
|1979||Sarahs Bunny||Geoff De Mulder (Hall Green)||3/1||29.53|
|1978||Lacca Champion||Pat Mullins (Private)||6/4F||29.42|
|1977||Ballinska Band||Eddie Moore (Belle Vue)||1/1F||29.16|
|1976||Mutts Silver||Phil Rees Sr. (Wimbledon)||6/1||29.38|
|1975||Tartan Khan||Gwen Lynds (Bletchley)||25/1||29.57|
At White City from 1945 to 1974 (over 525 yards)
|1974||Jimsun||Geoff De Mulder (Hall Green)||5/2||28.76|
|1973||Patricias Hope||Johnny O'Connor (Ireland)||7/2||28.68|
|1972||Patricias Hope||Adam Jackson (Clapton)||7/1||28.55|
|1971||Dolores Rocket||Herbert White (Private)||11/4||28.74|
|1970||John Silver||Barbara Tompkins (Private)||11/4||29.01|
|1969||Sand Star||Hamilton Orr (Ireland)||5/4F||28.78|
|1968||Camira Flash||Randolph Singleton (White City)||100/8||28.78|
|1967||Tric Trac||Jim Hookway (Owlerton)||9/2||29.00|
|1966||Faithful Hope||Paddy Keane (Clapton)||8/1||28.52|
|1965||Chittering Clapton||Adam Jackson (Clapton)||5/2||28.82|
|1964||Hack Up Chieftain||Percy Stagg (Belle Vue)||20/1||28.82|
|1963||Lucky Boy Boy||Johnny Bassett (Clapton)||1/1F||29.00|
|1962||The Grand Canal||Paddy Dunphy (Ireland)||2/1F||29.09|
|1961||Palms Printer||Paddy McEvoy (Clapton)||2/1||28.84|
|1960||Duleek Dandy||Bill Dash (Private)||25/1||29.15|
|1959||Mile Bush Pride||Jack Harvey (Wembley)||1/1F||28.76|
|1958||Pigalle Wonder||Jim Syder Jr. (Wembley)||4/5F||28.65|
|1957||Ford Spartan||Dennis Hannafin (Wimbledon)||1/1F||28.84|
|1956||Dunmore King||Paddy McEvoy (Clapton)||7/2||29.22|
|1955||Rushton Mac||Frank Johnson (Private)||5/2||28.97|
|1954||Pauls Fun||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||8/15F||28.84|
|1953||Daws Dancer||Paddy McEvoy (Private)||10/1||29.20|
|1952||Endless Gossip||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||1/1F||28.50|
|1951||Ballylanigan Tanist||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||11/4||28.62|
|1950||Ballymac Ball||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||7/2||28.72|
|1949||Narrogar Ann||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||5/1||28.95|
|1948||Priceless Border||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||1/2F||28.78|
|1947||Trev's Perfection||Fred Trevillion (Private)||4/1||28.95|
|1946||Mondays News||Fred Farey (Private)||5/1||29.24|
|1945||Ballyhennessy Seal||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||1/1F||29.56|
At Harringay from 1940 to 1940 (over 525 yards)
|1940||GR Archduke||Charlie Ashley (Harringay)||100/7||29.66|
At White City from 1929 to 1939 (over 525 yards)
|1939||Highland Rum||Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon)||2/1JF||29.35|
|1938||Lone Keel||Sydney W Wright (Private)||9/4||29.62|
|1937||Wattle Bark||Jim Syder Sr. (Wembley)||5/2||29.26|
|1936||Fine Jubilee||Mrs Marjorie Yate (Private)||10/11F||29.48|
|1935||Greta Ranee||Albert Jonas (White City)||4/1||30.18|
|1934||Davesland||Jack Harvey (Harringay)||3/1||29.81|
|1933||Future Cutlet||Sidney Probert (Wembley)||6/1||29.80|
|1932||Wild Woolley||Jack Rimmer (White City)||5/2||29.72|
|1931||Seldom Led||Wally Green (West Ham)||7/2||30.04|
|1930||Mick the Miller||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||4/9F||30.24|
|1929||Mick the Miller||Paddy Horan (Dublin)||4/7F||29.96|
|1928||Boher Ash||Tommy Johnston Sr. (Edinburgh)||5/1||30.48|
At White City from 1927 to 1927 (over 500 yards)
|1927||Entry Badge||Joe Harmon (White City)||1/4F||29.01|
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