|Full name||Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium|
|Location||Plough Lane, Wimbledon, London, England|
|Opened||19 May 1928|
|Closed||25 March 2017|
|Demolished||16 March 2018|
The stadium was closed in March 2017 and subsequently demolished  by the owners (Galliard Homes Limited) in order to build 600 flats and a new 10,000 seater football stadium called New Plough Lane.
- 1 Stadium
- 2 Greyhound racing
- 3 Speedway
- 4 Stock car racing
- 5 Other notable events
- 6 Closure and demolition
- 7 Competitions
- 7.1 The Derby
- 7.2 St Leger
- 7.3 Grand National
- 7.4 Laurels
- 7.5 Oaks
- 7.6 Puppy Derby
- 7.7 Juvenile
- 7.8 Champion Hurdle
- 7.9 Cearns Invitation
- 7.10 Champion Stakes
- 7.11 Derby Consolation/Invitation
- 7.12 The International
- 7.13 The Key
- 7.14 Wimbledon Gold Cup
- 7.15 Wimbledon Spring Cup
- 7.16 Two-Year Old Produce Stakes
- 8 Track records
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The facilities included a brick fronted grandstand seating 8,000, executive suites, several bars and catering facilities, including a large waiter-service restaurant. The stadium was surrounded by a large open-air car park.
The greyhound stadium was constructed east of the River Wandle on a section of land that was difficult to build on due to the fact that it was marsh land and was prone to flooding. The only buildings near this plot of land were a chamois leather mills, a large sewage works and the Plough public house. Slightly to the east was Summerstown Road which held the only housing in the immediate area.
The difficult plot did not deter South London Greyhound Racecourses Ltd who went ahead with plans to build a large stadium ready for 1928. However financial difficulties halted the project until a consortium headed by Bill 'WJ' Cearns whose firm had been responsible for the construction of the stadium stepped in with a sufficient funds to save the project.
The opening night was on 19 May 1928 with the first race being won by a greyhound called Ballindura trained by Harry Leader. The Burhill kennels in Walton-on-Thames became renowned within the industry housing the hounds for Wimbledon and were initially used by trainers Stan Biss, Harry Leader and Ken Appleton. Paddy McEllistrim, a Norfolk farmer and breeder of greyhounds, and Sidney Orton joined the training kennels soon after.
Wimbledon was the first track to introduce weighing scales in 1929 at their kennels so that the racing public could be issued with the greyhounds weights before racing. The same year Harry Leader returned to Ireland and was replaced by Sidney Orton. New events called the Puppy Derby, International, Wimbledon Gold Cup and Wimbledon Spring Stakes were all inaugurated.
In December 1929 Arundel Kempton purchased Mick the Miller for £2,000 as a present for his wife placing him with Sidney Orton. The track had already been associated with Mick the Miller because the champion took up residence at the kennels of Paddy McEllistrim during the duration of the 1929 English Greyhound Derby. Con Stevens was the first Racing Manager and was instrumental in bringing the first classic race to Wimbledon in the form of the Laurels in 1930. Mick the Miller claimed his second Derby crown in 1930 propelling himself, the sport and Wimbledon into national fame.
Trainer Joe Harmon arrived from White City in 1934 and Paddy Fortune another new trainer at Wimbledon claimed a second Derby victory for the track in 1939 after the greyhound Highland Rum won the race. The 'Two Year Old Produce Stakes' was introduced in 1935 and another event called 'The Key' started in 1936.
During World War II the stadium suffered bomb damage but continued to race. The well known Irish dog Tanist was put with Paddy McEllistrim but found it hard to cope with the sharp turns at Wimbledon and failed to win a single race by the end of June 1940. In contrast Ballynennan Moon became a Wimbledon greyhound after Billy Quinn negotiated a sale to Mrs Cearns, wife of the managing director of Wimbledon Stadium and the greyhound became a household name during the war years. In 1942 after a winter rest he won the Walthamstow Stakes and Wimbledon Spring Cup before embarking on forty wins and seven second places from 48 starts. After finishing first fourteen times in succession he was beaten a neck by Laughing Lackey failing to beat Mick the Miller's 19 straight wins record.
A new puppy called Ballyhennessy Seal first came to the scene in 1943 after moving from Catford Stadium to Wimbledon and was placed in the care of Stan Martin. Martin had joined the Wimbledon training ranks following the death of Joe Harmon in 1942. Martin guided Ballyhennessy Seal to a third Derby success for the track in 1945.
After the war the Wimbledon management constructed a new grandstand in place of the war damaged section of the stadium. They also introduced new perforated tote tickets following continual losses on forged tote tickets every Saturday to the tune of £1,000. Ballymac Ball was the next greyhound to win the Derby for Wimbledon, the brindle dog won the 1950 event for Stan Martin. In 1950 the Instaprint photo timer that was tested at Wimbledon and given the seal of approval to use throughout Britain.
Con Stevens continued to manage the stadium throughout the 1950s overseeing the success of the track and a fifth Derby success came in 1957 after the Dennis Hannafin (brother of Jerry) trained Ford Spartan took the title. In 1958 Paddy Fortune died and his kennels were taken over by George Waterman. Within a few months Sidney Orton retired and his son Clare Orton took up his position at Wimbledon. Clare had been a trainer in his own right for nearly ten years.
Phil Rees Sr. joined the track as a trainer in the 1960s following the retirement of Dennis Hannafin and the Greyhound Express Merit Puppy Championship was renamed the Juvenile in 1963. George Waterman died and his Burhill kennel range was given to new trainer Nora Gleeson. The three times Derby winning trainer Paddy McEvoy also joined the track in the late 1960s. Towards the end of 1969 the possibility of the stadium being redeveloped was a possibility but the Greyhound Racing Association bought a major part of Wimbledon after a prolonged battle against developers.
The redevelopment issue could still not be discounted because the GRA Property Trust was buying and selling stadiums but the GRA invested into the stadium and raised the winning prize money levels of the Laurels to £2,000 in 1970 and £5,000 one year later. In 1972 the GRA sealed a deal to buy Wimbledon outright and bring the track fully under the GRA banner. Paddy McEllistrim and Stan Martin both retired in 1974 and were replaced by Paddy's daughter Norah and Sam Sykes, a former head lad to Clare Orton. Con Stevens resigned from the board of directors at Wimbledon bringing to an end his 46 years of association with the track.
Wimbledon introduced new technology in 1976 after using a sectional timing mechanism and they were one of the first tracks to use the system of grading (selecting greyhounds in classes on ability). In the same year Mutts Silver won the Derby when trained by Phil Rees Snr; Rees handed his kennels to his son Philip Rees Jnr just two years later, after retiring.
In 1985 Wimbledon was chosen to host the sport's premier event, the Greyhound Derby, following the closure of White City. Industry support for Wembley to be given the premier race was inconsequential because GRA owned the rights to the competition and would not allow a non-GRA track to have the race. Bob Rowe the Chief Racing Manager for the GRA was also the Racing Manager at Wimbledon when the track was handed the Derby and trainers Tom Foster and David Kinchett both joined from White City. The first Derby at Wimbledon was held over a new distance of 480 metres (520 yd) and ended with a seventh success for the track, Pagan Swallow won the competition and the Rees family became the second father and son to each win the Derby. Arthur Hitch joined the tack in 1987 when Slough Stadium closed and then following the closure of Harringay the prestigious Oaks for bitches was switched to Wimbledon.
In 1990 a greyhound called Druids Johno was given to Prince Edward, the half share of the black dog had been given to the Prince by Patsy Byrne during a charity meeting at Kingsmead Stadium, Canterbury. Byrne joined Wimbledon as a trainer in 1991 and sponsored the long running International in the process. This appointment brought about the last ever Derby triumph for the track. Ballinderry Ash took the 1991 title bringing the total to eight just one behind Wembley.
In 1992 GRA parent company Wembley plc announced losses of £8 million despite a £13 million profit in its UK operation. Simon Harris became Racing Manager arriving from Hall Green, while Bob Rowe remained based at Wimbledon in his role of Chief Racing Manager of the GRA. In 1996 the Intertrack betting service was introduced for the first time, enabling race-goers at other tracks around the country to view the racing and place bets direct into the Wimbledon tote. In 1998 the Laurels switched to sister track Belle Vue Stadium and a new Paddock Bar extension costing £500,000 opened, the kennels were moved to the first bend to facilitate the change. One year later Sky Sports screened their first greyhound meeting at Wimbledon which included the Springbok final. The GRA switched the Grand National to Wimbledon from Hall Green in 1999.
Rapid Ranger completed two Derby successes in 2001 emulating Mick the Miller and Patricias Hope before both Seamus Cahill and Bernie Doyle joined Wimbledon from Catford and Reading Stadium respectively in 2002. Catford closed in 2003 resulting in three new trainers, John Simpson, Tony Taylor and John Walsh. Catford Racing Manager Derek Hope took over from the departing Simon Harris who left for Coventry. In 2003 Wimbledon underwent £70,000 track improvements following criticism received during the 2002 Derby, consequently the 680 m (740 yd) trip changed to 688 m (752 yd) and the 868 m (949 yd) changed to 872 m (954 yd). In 2004 trainer Tommy Foster retired.
Westmead Hawk won the 2005 & 2006 Greyhound Derby becoming the fourth greyhound to complete two wins and in 2007 trainer Ray Peacock died. Racing Manager Derek Hope left to join William Hill and was replaced by Gary Matthews and in 2008 Richard Rees, son of Philip Rees Jnr, became a third generation trainer at Wimbledon; Philip Rees Jnr retired due to ill health. Tony Morris who stood as a track bookmaker also retired after a long career at Wimbledon. In 2010 Wimbledon underwent major changes in time for the Derby, the grandstand was switched to the far side of the stadium and the physical makeup of the track altered meaning new track records would be set. The changes cost around £400,000 which were partly funded by a £195,370 grant from the British Greyhound Racing Fund.
The GRA allowed the Grand National to go to Central Park Stadium in Sittingbourne in 2012 and leading trainer Norah McEllistrim left for Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium. Bob Rowe switched to Belle Vue as the Racing Manager along with the Oaks.
After falling attendances for many year, the final meeting was held on 25 March 2017. This attracted a huge crowd, many of whom were turned away due to capacity restrictions, largely caused by much of the stadium being closed off due to maintenance issues. The last ever race was won by Glitzy King trained by Brian Nicholls, who provided many of the dogs in the final few months of the stadium's existence.
Until 2005, the stadium was also home for over 50 years to the now defunct Wimbledon Dons speedway team. It was famous for hosting the Internationale meeting every season. from 1962 until 1981, though they did hold a qualifying round of this competition in 1961.
Speedway arrived at Wimbledon in the 1928 pioneer season and a team was entered in the league competitions from 1929 to 1939. The team was re-formed after the war and the Dons raced in the top flight National League Division One from 1946 to 1964. The Dons were multiple winners of the league in the 1950s. The Dons were founder members of the British League in 1965. Upon their reopening after the war, in 1946, average weekly attendances were in excess of 30,000, until the early 1950s, when the sport declined rapidly in popularity. Still Wimbledon were one of the top teams with healthy crowd figures, and upon the closure of Wembley in 1956 remained the only team in London (apart from sporadic appearances by New Cross in 1959/1960 and 1963) until 1963 when Hackney entered the Provincial League, and 1964 when West Ham reopened in the National League (now known as the 1st Division Elite League).
Wimbledon's tenure in the top flight came to an end in the 1980s and the Greyhound Racing Association (the owners of the stadium at the time) decreed that speedway would end at the end of the 1986 season. However, a London stockbroker, David Pickles, gathered together a consortium in the 1986/87 close season who ensured that the famous Dons would continue to run. They employed the ex-England team manager John Berry and enjoyed reasonable success on and off the track in their first season. After a disagreement with Berry and the other members of the board, Pickles dramatically resigned as chairman of the club during the match with Exeter in September 1987, selling his shares back to the other members. With a few reshuffles at board level and the leaving of Berry, the remaining members eventually took Wimbledon back to the British League Division One in 1991, but the move proved disastrous and with only a couple of months of the season having been ridden, the financial losses proved to be so great that they were forced to disband the team. In June 1991 Wimbledon rode their final meeting, which was eventually curtailed due to the weather. Although there was no longer any league racing at the Plough Lane stadium, the team continued their league fixtures for the 1991 season moving to Eastbourne and were known as the Eastbourne Dons.
Having been defunct for eleven years, the team were then reopened again in 2002, but were finally disbanded completely in 2005 as a result of the dispute between the team's promoters and the owners of the stadium, the Greyhound Racing Association, over a proposed large rent increase.
Stock car racing
Plough Lane also hosted Motor Racing events promoted by Spedeworth International, including Superstox, Stock Cars, Hot Rods and Bangers. The first stock car meeting at Wimbledon was on 29 September 1962 (the Superstox World Championship) and the circuit quickly became Spedeworth's flagship venue with the World Final being held there every year up to and including 1974. The World Championship, along with other key race meetings such as Carnival Night, became very popular and were often 'ticket only' events filled to capacity. The stadium also boasted its own stock car racing teams in 1966 (London Sparrows) and 1971–72 (Canaries/Dons). The 1966 team shared its base with New Cross Stadium. The Unlimited Banger World Final also used to take place at Wimbledon until the event moved to Foxhall Stadium in 2008. This was due to the introduction of the London low emission zone which made it too expensive for the transporters to travel to the venue.
Other notable events
Closure and demolition
In 2007 the stadium was purchased by development company Galliard Homes Limited when the Greyhound Racing Association was put up for sale (along with all of its assets) by parent company Wembley PLC. Following this, the local professional football team AFC Wimbledon expressed interest in building their new football stadium on the site of the greyhound track in collaboration with Galliard Homes. A joint planning application made by Galliard Homes and AFC Wimbledon to build the new football stadium, together with 600 residences, on the site of the greyhound stadium was approved by the London Borough of Merton in December 2015. Attempts to prevent the closure of the stadium failed; a £20 million rival planning bid to build a new greyhound stadium, submitted by Irish businessman Paschal Taggart, the owner of Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium, and a bid by pressure group 'Save Wimbledon Stadium Action Group' to have the stadium granted listed status by Historic England both came to nothing. The stadium was finally closed on 25 March 2017, and demolition of the stadium and associated buildings commenced on 16 March 2018.
|1936||Book Reporter||Joe Harmon (Wimbledon)||40.80|
|1937||Brave Queen||Stanley Biss (West Ham)||40.70|
|1938||Sally Maid||A Rees (Private)||41.04|
|1939||Ballydancer||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||41.42||6-4jf|
|1940||Keel Border||Joe Harmon (Wimbledon)||41.20||6-1|
|1941||Rahinisky Champion||Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon)||40.81||2-1f|
|1942||Wallace C||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||41.63||6-1|
|1943||Merry Two Star||M Barnett (Private)||41.03||5-2|
|1944||Model Dasher||Tom Baldwin (Perry Barr)||42.17||8-13f|
|1945||Robeen Printer||George McKay (Coventry)||41.53||8-11f|
|1946||Maggie Sally||D Hayes (Coventry)||42.06||5-1|
|1947||Ben Silver||Stanley Biss (Clapton)||42.39||5-4f|
|1948||Baytown Flash||Stanley Biss (Clapton)||42.20||8-15f|
|1949||Drastic O'Leer||W Major (Private)||42.59||13-8f|
|1950||Sheevaun||Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon)||42.00||8-1|
|1951||Rapid Choice||Paddy McEvoy (Private)||41.55||4-11f|
|1952||Careless Hands||Jimmy Quinn (Eastville)||42.06||5-1|
|1953||Magourna Reject||Tom Paddy Reilly (Walthamstow)||41.49||1-2f|
|1954||Mottram Hero||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||41.76||11-2|
|1956||Spark Prince||Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon)||42.13||9-4|
|1957||Highway Tim||Mrs Rosalie Beba (Private)||40.21||4-5f|
|1958||Budget Surplus||Wilf France Harringay)||55.05||11-10f|
|1959||The Lure of the Turf||Phil Rees Sr. (Private)||55.35||5-1|
|1960||Lemon Chip||Phil Rees Sr. (Private)||55.46||40-1|
|1961||Pine Blacktop||Noreen Collin (Private)||55.11|
|1962||What Cheer||Frank Conlon (Private)||54.93|
|1963||Miss Elegant||Paddy Keane (Private)||54.96|
|1964||Carmen Star||Mrs E Eade (Private)||55.18||2-5f|
|1966||I'm Speedy||Jimmy Jowett (Clapton)||54.82|
|1967||Miss Taft||Bob Burls (Wembley)||54.78|
|1968||Greenville Fauna||Paddy McEvoy (Wimbledon)||54.54|
|1969||Ballycairn||John Coleman (Romford)||55.24||7-1|
|1970||Swift Silver||Arthur Hancock (Brighton)||55.05||1-1f|
|1971||Swift Silver||Arthur Hancock (Brighton)||54.88|
|1972||Iver Flash||George Curtis (Brighton)||54.67||8-13f|
|1973||Country Maiden||Frank Baldwin (Perry Barr)||55.67||3-1|
|1974||Leading Pride||George Curtis (Brighton)||54.49|
|1976||Sindys Flame||John Honeysett (Private)||54.54||7-1|
|1977||Moonlight Mod||Nora Gleeson (Wimbledon)||54.34||4-1|
|1978||Langford Dacoit||George Curtis (Brighton)||54.25|
|1979||Portland Dusty||Frank Melville Harringay)||55.30|
|1980||Salina||George Lang (Rye House)||55.15||4-5f|
|1981||Regal Girl||George Lang (Rye House)||55.38||1-3f|
|1982||Nails United||A Smith (Private)||55.06||5-2|
|1983||Sandy Lane||George Curtis (Brighton)||54.41||1-2f|
|1984||Sandy Lane||George Curtis (Brighton)||54.90||1-7f|
|1985||Miss Linsey||Kenny Linzell (Walthamstow)||54.70||5-2jf|
|1986||Yankees Shadow||George Curtis (Brighton)||55.07||1-5f|
|1987||Denes Mutt||Fred Wiseman (Private)||54.46||4-7f|
|1988||Cloverhill June||Terry Kibble (Bristol)||55.19||7-4|
|1989||Xpert Heroine||Sam Sykes (Wimbledon)||55.46||13-8|
|1990||Ivory Lamb||Hazel Dickson (Wembley)||54.87||1-4f|
|1992||Hopton Chilli||Graham Sharp (Walthamstow)||54.84||5-1|
|1993||Killenagh Dream||Charlie Lister (Private)||54.69||1-1f|
|1994||Smart Decision||Ernie Gaskin Sr. (Walthamstow)||55.39||11-10f|
1936 -1957 (725 yards), 1936 -1975 (940 yards), 1975-1994 (868 metres)
Wimbledon Gold Cup
|1931||Smart Fashion||Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon)||29.75|
|1932||Lock Audacity||Jerry Hannafin (Wimbledon)||31.09||10-1|
|1935||Kilganny Bridge||PJ Higgins (Clapton)||29.46|
|1936||Wild Storm||Les Parry (White City)||29.37||6-4|
|1937||Terrys Hope||F Rolfe (Private)||29.23||4-1|
|1938||Lenins Ring||Joe Harmon (Wimbledon)||29.18||9-4|
|1939||Printer||Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon)||29.22||1-1f|
|1940||Captain Moonlight||Archie Whitcher (Catford)||29.71||100-8|
|1941||Dangerous Rally||Harry Buck (White City)||30.03||100-8|
|1942||Winterhead Big||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||30.05||8-1|
|1943||Gypsy Win||W Franks (Eastville)||29.58||4-5f|
|1944||Gypsy Win||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||29.17||5-4|
|1945||Derryboy Jubilee||Stan Biss (Clapton)||29.33|
|1946||Red Nuxer||Robert Linney (Catford)||28.94||9-4|
|1947||Scoff That||Jack Cooper Harringay)||29.43||9-2|
|1948||Listoke Invader||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||29.40||5-2|
|1949||Sprightly Peter||Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon)||29.39||4-5f|
|1950||Blossom of Annagura||Jack Sherry (Ramsgate)||29.24||7-1|
|1951||Devil O'Leer||Norman Merchant (Private)||29.05||6-1|
|1952||Spanish Rosetree||Jerry Hannafin (Wimbledon)||29.16||5-1|
|1953||Spanish Rosetree||Jerry Hannafin (Wimbledon)||28.96||5-2|
|1954||Oriel Idol||Dal Hawkesley (West Ham)||29.51||2-1|
|1955||Roguish Shaggy||Peter Hawkesley (Romford)||29.30||100-30|
|1956||Vintners Cup||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||29.16||2-1jf|
|1957||Glacier Metal||Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon)||29.19||8-1|
|1958||Fodda Champion||Jimmy Jowett (Clapton)||28.83||4-5f|
|1960||Change That||Jack Harvey (Wembley)||28.75||8-11f|
|1961||Ballinatona Special||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||28.37|
|1962||Pigalle The Great||Jimmy Clubb (Private)||29.47|
|1963||Mood Indigo II||Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon)||29.21|
|1964||Fairyfield Surprise||G Jackson (Private)||28.91||7-4f|
|1965||Lisnalong Hero||Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon)||28.74|
|1966||Charlie Caesar||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||29.13|
|1967||No Chips||Paddy McEvoy (Wimbledon)||29.12|
|1968||Super Fame||Norah Gleeson (Wimbledon)||29.47|
|1969||Colonels Rib||Joe Pickering (White City)||29.19||4-1|
|1970||Peaceful Home||Clare Orton (Wimbledon)||28.99||5-1|
|1971||Sherrys Prince||Colin West (West Ham)||28.83|
|1972||Derry Palm||Phil Rees Sr. (Wimbledon)||29.33||3-1|
|1973||Crimsons Grove||Nora Gleeson (Wimbledon)||29.13|
|1975||Bansha Pride||Phil Rees Sr. (Wimbledon)||28.24|
|1976||Try It Blackie||Frank Melville Harringay)||28.67||3-1|
|1977||Belated Silver||Sam Sykes (Wimbledon)||28.35||6-4f|
|1978||Moreen Penguin||Bette Godwin (Wimbledon)||29.11|
|1979||Toms Chance||Joe Pickering (White City)||29.06|
|1981||Westmead Prince||Natalie Savva (Private)||28.34||4-1|
|1982||Westlands Bridge||Gunner Smith (Brighton)||28.19|
|1986||Lone Wolf||George Curtis (Brighton)||1-2f|
|1990||Trans Mercedes||Maldwyn Thomas (Reading)||41.08||1-4f|
|1991||Anglers Pride||Sam Sykes (Wimbledon)||40.73||5-1|
|1992||Westmead Suprise||Nick Savva (Milton Keynes)||40.40||5-2|
|1993||Squire Delta||John Coleman (Walthamstow)||40.41||1-1f|
|1994||Island Doe||Derek Knight (Hove)|
|1995||Argos Chief||Tommy Foster (Wimbledon)||40.50||2-1|
|1999||Spenwood Wizard||Ron Hough (Sheffield)||54.99||1-2f|
1936 -1975 (500 yards hurdles), 1975-1982 (460 metres hurdles), 1986-1994 (660 metres)
Wimbledon Spring Cup
|1930||Brisbane||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||29.48|
|1931||Rory of the Hill||29.33|
|1932||Altamatzin||Arthur Doc Callanan (Wembley)||28.99||9-4|
|1933||Wild Woolley||Jack Rimmer (White City, Man)||29.61|
|1935||Curleys Fancy II||Jerry Hannafin (Wimbledon)||28.37|
|1936||Mitzvah||Arthur Doc Callanan (Wembley)||29.56||11-8f|
|1937||Shandy Gaff||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||29.18||2-1|
|1938||Lone Keel||Sydney Wright (Private)||28.48||7-4jf|
|1940||Selsey Cutlet||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||28.57||5-1|
|1941||Lights O'London||Joe Harmon (Wimbledon)||29.37||2-5f|
|1942||Ballynennan Moon||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||29.05||5-6f|
|1943||Farloe Best||Mrs R McKay (Coventry)||28.86||5-1|
|1945||Fair Marquis||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||28.67||8-1|
|1946||Fair and Handsome||Bill Cowell (Coventry)||28.99||6-1|
|1948||Don Gipsey||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||28.79||2-1|
|1949||Olives Ivy||Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon)||28.51||4-1|
|1950||Ballymac Ball||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||27.97||1-6f|
|1951||Magna Hasty||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||29.08||5-2|
|1952||Ryton Basher||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||28.15||2-1|
|1953||Home Luck||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||28.12||8-11f|
|1954||Small Town||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||28.58||2-1|
|1955||Imperial Fawn||George Crussell (Private)||28.86||10-1|
|1956||The Grey Goose||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||28.42||5-4f|
|1957||Highway Sue||Sidney Orton (Wimbledon)||28.31||5-2jf|
|1958||Beware Champ||Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon)||28.46||1-2f|
|1959||Firgrove Snowman||Ted Brennan (Owlerton)||28.62||7-2|
|1960||Mink Muff||Joe De Mulder (Private)||40.01||11-10f|
|1961||Just Sherry||Phil Rees Sr. (Private)||40.50|
|1962||Watch Kern||Tony Dennis (Private)||40.50|
|1963||Hi Rebel||Dennis Hannafin (Wimbledon)||41.01|
|1964||Lucky Hi There||Jimmy Jowett (Clapton)||40.38||11-8f|
|1965||Westpark Quail||Noreen Collin (Private)||40.59|
|1966||Miss Taft||Bob Burls (Wembley)||40.25|
|1967||Hampton Lad||Paddy McEvoy (Wimbledon)||40.98|
|1968||Cullen Era||Clare Orton (Wimbledon)||39.72||4-9f|
|1969||Shanes Rocket||Paddy Milligan (Private)||41.24||3-1|
|1970||Shady Antionette||Norman Oliver (Brough Park)||40.31||2-1|
|1971||Dolores Rocket||Herbert White (Private)||39.66|
|1972||Puff Pastry||Sid Ryall (Private)||40.80||7-4|
|1973||Starline Lady||Geoff De Mulder (Hall Green)||40.21||2-1f|
|1974||Cowboy Jo||Mick Hawkins (Private)||41.16||10-3|
|1975||Glin Bridge||George Curtis (Brighton)||42.07|
|1976||Drynham Star||Natalie Savva (Bletchley)||40.18||7-4|
|1977||Oaken Lad||Paddy Coughlan (Crayford)||41.82||8-1|
|1978||Sindys Prospect||Paddy Coughlan (Crayford)||41.48|
|1979||Owners Guide||Tony Jowett (Slough)||42.59|
|1981||Nails Tails||Charlie Coyle (Private)||41.38||2-1|
|1982||Auburn Jet||Paddy Coughlan (Crayford)||41.57||7-2|
|1984||Fergus Rock||Ray Peacock Harringay)|
|1985||Lady Opinion||Philip Rees Jr. (Wimbledon)|
|1986||Kalamity Kelly||Gunner Smith (Brighton)||40.89|
|1987||Lone Wolf||George Curtis (Brighton)|
|1988||Ohteevee||Ted Dickson (Wembley)|
|1989||Silver Chance||John Honeysett (Wembley)|
|1990||Crohane Lucy||Tony Lucas (Portsmouth)||40.56||1-1f|
|1991||Kaszenas Lad||John McGee Sr. (Peterborough)||41.60||9-4|
|1992||Gold Splash||Philip Rees Jr. (Wimbledon)||41.06||10-1|
|1993||Regent Lass||Philip Rees Jr. (Wimbledon)||41.05||9-2|
|1994||Phantom Rose||Philip Rees Jr. (Wimbledon)||40.84||10-1|
1929 -1959 (500 yards), 1936 -1975 (700 yards), 1975-1994 (660 metres)
Two-Year Old Produce Stakes
|1935||Maidens Delight||Jim Syder Sr. (Wembley)|
|1936||Melksham Lassie||Joe Harmon (Wimbledon)||28.73||7-4f|
|1937||Golden Alexander||Jimmy Campbell (White City)||28.35||3-1|
|1938||Junior Classic||Joe Harmon (Wimbledon)||28.43||8-11f|
|1939||Jungle Conquest||Joe Harmon (Wimbledon)||28.53||8-1|
|1940||Rock Callan||Joe Harmon (Wimbledon)||28.81||6-4f|
|1941||Grosvenor Flexion||Joe Harmon (Wimbledon)||28.72||5-1|
|1942||Laughing Lieutenant||Bert Heyes (White City)||29.18||6-4|
|1943||Lord O’the Limelight||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||28.73||100-30|
|1944||Cockeyed Cutlet||Jimmy Campbell Harringay)||28.40||7-1|
|1945||Newtown Defender||Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon)||28.12||10-11f|
|1946||Westbury Sammy||Jerry Hannafin (Wimbledon)||28.34||4-1|
|1947||Rio Cepretta||Stan Biss (Clapton)||28.32||11-10f|
|1948||Good Worker||Jack Daley (Ramsgate)||28.85||6-4f|
|1949||Huntlawrigg||Jerry Hannafin (Wimbledon)||28.30||5-4f|
|1950||Kismet D||Fred Trevillion (Private)||28.46||8-11f|
|1951||Ilford Boy||Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon)||28.35||3-1|
|1952||Marazion Michael||Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon)||28.34||100-8|
|1953||Home Luck||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||28.30||1-8f|
|1954||Record Coup||Paddy McEvoy (Private)||28.70||1-1f|
|1955||Broadway Darkie II||Pam Heasman (Private)||28.27||4-1|
|1956||Dunmore King||Paddy McEvoy (Clapton)||28.08||4-5f|
|1957||Town Prince||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||28.23||1-2f|
|1958||Gypsy Boy||Bob Burls (Wembley)||28.47||4-1|
|1959||Eden Gate||Leslie Reynolds (Wembley)||28.11||7-2|
|1960||Laird O'The Glen||Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon)||27.94||2-1f|
|1961||S.S. Leader||Jim Hookway (Owlerton)||28.13|
|1962||Pride of Pillar||Stan Mitchell (Private)||28.24|
|1963||Tripaway||Vivien Pateman (Private)||28.17|
|1964||Flintstone||Ted Brennan (Owlerton)||28.26||9-4|
|1965||Marshbank Lion||Stan Martin (Wimbledon)||28.25|
|1966||Morden Mist||W.English (Private)||28.09|
|1967||Warfield Flash||Len Drewery (Private)||28.04|
|1968||Petrovitch||Jack Harvey (Wembley)||28.10|
|1969||Lion Laddie||Arthur Hancock (Brighton)||28.23||100-8|
|1970||Kasama Lad||Gordon Hodson (White City)||28.07||4-1|
|1972||Deneholme Chief||Fred Lugg (Brighton)||27.82||11-4|
|1973||Carry On Bimbo||Paddy Coughlan (Crayford)||27.95||6-4f|
|1974||Daemonic Gambol||Paddy McEvoy (Wimbledon)|
1935 -1974 (500 yards)
Post Metric records
|252||Travara Rock||15.15||12 Dec 1980|
|252||Ballybeg Sport ||15.14||1981|
|252||Dysert Moth||15.08||10 Dec 1982|
|252||Barbaran||15.18||5 May 1984|
|252||Slipaway Jaydee||14.95||16 Mar 1994|
|256||Setemup Joe||15.24||11 Nov 2003|
|256||Drominboy Jet||15.24*||29 Oct 2005||St Leger heats split time|
|256||Thai Girl||15.23||18 Mar 2008|
|256||Fifis Rocket||15.14||2 Mar 2010|
|272||Wheres The Limo||16.23||11 May 1991|
|272||Dynamic Fair||16.11||28 Jun 1997|
|273||Officer Donagh||16.21||18 May 2010|
|273||Jimmy Lollie||15.95||29 May 2010|
|273||Jimmy Lollie||15.85||29 Jun 2010|
|273||Skate On||15.82||31 May 2014|
|276||Lunar Vacation||16.26||7 Jul 2007|
|412||Barbaran||24.96||30 May 1985|
|412||Ballinahow Blue||24.89||27 Dec 1984|
|412||Mr Plum||24.89||23 Jun 1987|
|412||Spiral Manor||24.89||25 Jun 1987|
|460||Flying Pursuit||27.60||12 Oct 1979||Puppy Derby heats|
|460||The Grand Devil ||27.58||December 1979||The International|
|460||Flying Pursuit||27.58||2 May 1980||Laurels heats|
|460||Ramblers Jet||27.52||27 May 1980|
|460||Duke of Hazard||27.48||May 1982||Laurels heats|
|460||Kybo||27.48||8 Dec 1984|
|460||Sams Bridge||27.44||12 Mar 1988|
|460||Double Bid||27.33||25 Jun 1988|
|460||Droopys Shearer||27.32||17 Jun 2003|
|460||Zigzag Dutchy||27.32||2 Jul 2005|
|460||Lenson Bolt||27.30||27 Oct 2009|
|460||Yahoo Jamie||27.29||15 Dec 2009|
|460||Ardbeg Kate||27.29||15 Dec 2009|
|480||Lloydsboro Flash||28.71||21 May 1985||Derby heats|
|480||Fearless Champ||28.66||21 May 1985||Derby heats|
|480||Morans Beef||28.60||25 May 1985||Derby heats|
|480||Fearless Action||28.51||29 May 1986||Derby heats|
|480||Lodge Prince||28.34||29 May 1986||Derby heats|
|480||Greenane Squire||28.21||12 Jul 1994|
|480||Eye Eye Pickle||28.48||29 Apr 2010||New track – Derby heats|
|480||Aero Ardiles||28.38||29 Apr 2010||Derby heats|
|480||Bandicoot Tipoki||28.26||29 Apr 2010||Derby heats|
|480||Toomaline Jack||28.25||15 May 2010||Derby heats|
|480||Droopys Harvey||28.22||27 May 2011|
|480||Razldazl Jayfkay||28.22||28 May 2011||Derby third round|
|480||Taylors Sky||28.21||31 May 2011||Derby quarter-finals|
|480||Taylors Sky||28.21||4 Jun 2011||Derby semi-finals|
|480||Taylors Sky||28.17||11 Jun 2011||Derby final|
|480||Razldazl Jayfkay||28.08||5 May 2012||Derby heats|
|480||Fiery Splendour||28.06||3 May 2014||Derby heats|
|480||Eden The Kid||27.95||30 May 2015||Derby heats|
|660||Jingling Star ||40.61||27 Jul 1980|
|660||Astrosyn Doll||40.48||30 Sep 1983|
|660||Ballyregan Bob||40.35||23 Nov 1985|
|660||Ballyregan Bob||40.15||19 Apr 1986|
|660||First Defence||40.12||8 Mar 1994|
|668||Baran Zulu||40.98||29 Aug 2003|
|668||Special Trick||40.82||13 Mar 2004||WJ Cearns Memorial|
|668||Black Pear||40.51||20 Jul 2004|
|668||Black Pear||40.52||2 Jul 2005|
|668||Dazzle Special||40.45||15 Dec 2009|
|680||Geinis Champion||41.73||24 Jun 1995|
|687||Corrig Vieri||42.09||29 Jun 2010|
|687||Corrig Vieri||41.97||3 Aug 2010|
|687||Droopys Bradley||41.89||19 Oct 2010||St Leger semi-finals|
|687||Droopys Bradley||41.48||26 Oct 2010||St Leger final|
|687||Farloe Tango||41.40||12 Nov 2013||St Leger final|
|687||Romantic Rambo||41.24||31 May 2014|
|687||Racenight Jenny||41.19||1 Nov 2014|
|687||Millwards Teddy||41.13||27 Jun 2015||Derby final night|
|688||Shelbourne Star||41.83||5 Jun 2004|
|688||Caloona Striker||41.77||25 Jun 2006|
|820||Star Decision||51.48||28 Jul 1984|
|820||Role of Fame||51.26||27 Jun 1987|
|820||Sail On Valerie||51.16||30 Dec 1989|
|820||Chestnut Beauty||51.16||21 Apr 1993|
|868||Princess Glin||54.76||14 Sep 1980|
|868||Decoy Boom ||54.60||1981|
|868||Linkside Liquor ||54.60||1981||=track record|
|868||Sandy Lane||54.11||6 May 1983|
|872||Ericas Equity||55.47||28 Jun 2003|
|872||Ericas Equity||54.30||9 Sep 2003|
|872||Greenacre Lin||54.26||2 May 2005|
|872||Spiridon Louis||54.22||7 Jun 2007|
|892||Zenas Angel||56.19||14 Nov 2009|
|894||Taylors Riviera||55.53||29 Jun 2010|
|894||Roxholme Magic||54.78||4 Jun 2016|
|1068||Lynns Pride||70.72||28 Mar 1980|
|1068||Shropshire Lass||68.55||8 Feb 1990|
|1080||Somer Lovin||69.64||7 Jul 2007|
|412 H||Outcast Jet||26.19||1987|
|412 H||Exchange Beamish||25.85||14 Apr 1984|
|412 H||Pantile||25.38||5 Aug 1989|
|460 H||Dine Out||28.29||12 Dec 1980|
|460 H||Lilabeth||28.15||22 Oct 1985|
|460 H||Emerald Trail||28.13||1989|
|460 H||Unbelievable||28.00||22 Jun 1991||Champion Hurdle Final|
|460 H||Arfur Daley||27.80||20 Mar 1993||Springbok final|
|480 H||Men Of Hope||29.18||29 May 2010||Champion Hurdle Final|
|480 H||Toomaline Jack||28.96||18 Jun 2010||Grand National heats|
|480 H||Razldazl Raidio||28.89||25 Feb 2016|
|660 H||Laurdella Wizard||42.33||1 Sep 1980|
|660 H||Longcross Bruce||41.52||6 Aug 1982|
|660 H||Gold Splash||41.15||2 Aug 1994|
|668 H||Sizzlers Bossman||41.68||2 Jul 2005|
Pre Metric records
|440||Chi Chi's Joker||24.82||01.05.1968|
|440||Beef Cutlet||28.47||02.09.1932||Laurels final|
|500||Davesland ||28.32||24.08.1934||Laurels semi-finals|
|500||Ballyhennessy Sandhills||28.08||07.1938||National record|
|500||Ballymac Ball||28.03||08.1949||Laurels heats|
|500||Ballymac Ball||27.99||08.1949||Laurels semi-finals|
|500||Ford Spartan||27.89||23.08.1957||Laurels final|
|500||Mile Bush Pride||04.08.1959|
|500||Clonalvy Pride||=27.66||18.08.1961||Laurels final|
|550||Mick The Miller||31.72||31.08.1929||Match v Back Isle|
|700||Hurry On Cleo||39.58||18.07.1958|
|440 H||Juvenile Classic||31.40||01.07.1938|
|500 H||Sprightly Peter||28.88||1950|
|500 H||Dunmore Viking||26.08.1959|
|500 H||Change That||13.05.1960|
|500 H||Ballinatona Special||28.37||12.05.1961|
|500 H||Sherrys Prince||28.83||1971||Gold Cup final|
|700 H||Markhams Brandy||41.84||1950|
|700 H||January Prince||41.36||25.07.1961|
|700 H||Prince Cheetah||41.36||18.08.1961|
|700 H||Quadrant King||23.08.1961|
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