Kinsley Greyhound Stadium

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Kinsley Greyhound Stadium
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Full name Kinsley Greyhound Stadium
Location Kinsley, West Yorkshire
Capacity 3,000
Field size 385m
Surface Sand
Construction
Opened 1939
Renovated 1985
Tenants
Greyhound racing

Kinsley greyhound stadium is a Greyhound Board of Great Britain regulated greyhound racing stadium situated in Kinsley, West Yorkshire, England.[1] It was voted "Best National Greyhound Racing Club greyhound stadium in the north" by the British Greyhound Racing Board for 2008.[2]

Racing[edit]

Racing takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings (through to night) also Sunday afternoons BAGS racing.[3]

The circumference of the track at Kinsley is 385 metres.[3]

Competitions[edit]

Gymcrack

History[edit]

The Kinsley greyhound track is situated between Leeds and Doncaster and was built and opened in 1939. The track was independent (also known as a flapping track) and served the local mining village. After the war the track could accommodate a maximum of 3,500 spectators. [4]

In 1985 John Curran and Keith Murrell took over the running of the track and invested into the stadium by improving the facilities. Distances were changed to 100, 260, 330, 460 & 630 metres, an 'Inside Sumner' hare was put in and a competition was introduced called the Kinsley Greyhound Derby. The race offered £20,000 eclipsing many of the top National Greyhound Racing Club events at the time. A computer totalisator was added and twelve bookmakers stood on course. There were 48 kennels on site and the Jubilee restaurant offered room for 160 covers. The track was beginning to show all the hallmarks of a regulated circuit and even had a thriving social club open all week. [5]

Despite the significant stature of the track it was not until 2000 that the decision was finally taken to apply for an NGRC licence which was granted. The new distances were 275, 450, 485 and 656 metres. Keith Murrell acted as Racing Manager until Craig Hunt was brought in to take up the role. The first meeting was on 15 January 2000 and racing was on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Distances have since changed on two more occasions and a Swaffham hare has been introduced. [6]

In 2010 the track was rewarded by being allocated the 2010 Television Trophy, an event won by Midway Skipper and in 2011 the Gymcrack was introduced after it switched from Hall Green Stadium. The first winner was Nick Colton’s Taranis Rex, a black and white dog that also broke the track record in the process.

Track records[edit]

[7]

Distance Greyhound Time Date
268m Minglers Jaguar 15.97 17.06.2012
270m Russanda Droopy 16.32 20.04.2010
275m Niamh Knows 16.64 03.08.2002
450m Frankie My Son 27.23 22.03.2003
462m Droopys Trapeze 27.02 10.04.2016
465m Drumwood Rebel 27.61 26.11.2005
485m Ten Simple Minds 28.85 27.07.2002
650m Nyla Fantasy 39.72 26.06.2012
655m Welers Pet 40.26 06.09.2005
656m Marthas Pipe 40.68 03.09.2002
844m Roxholme Magic 51.95 20.04.2016
850m Top Plan 53.18 07.11.2004
866m Spenwood Wizard 53.32 28.05.2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Track Search". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 25 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.kinsleydogs.co.uk/default.asp
  3. ^ a b http://www.thedogs.co.uk/trap2/pcf_trackinfo.php?trackid=32
  4. ^ furby, R (1968). Independent Greyhound Racing, page 67. New Dominion House. 
  5. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, pages 292-293. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5. 
  6. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2002). Greyhound Annual 2003, page 125. Raceform. ISBN 1-904317-07-3. 
  7. ^ "Track records". Greyhound Data. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°37′33.51″N 1°22′04.24″W / 53.6259750°N 1.3678444°W / 53.6259750; -1.3678444