1929 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City on Thursday 25th July 1929

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

Dam

Price

Distances

Time(secs)

1

Mick The Miller (4)

Glorious Event Na Boc Lei

4/7 fav

3 yds

29.96

2

Palatinus (2)

 Lax Law

Fly Again 

3/1

2 yds

30.18

3

En Tomb (3)

 Spalding Bishop

Another 10 

9/2

3 yds

30.34

4

Beadsman (1)

 Ballyshannon

 Larva

25/1

 

30.58

The Winner was owned by Mr A H Williams

Mick The Miller was trained by Mick Horan at Shelbourne Park

Palatinus was trained by Mr T W King (Unnattached)

En Tomb was trained by Joe Harmon at the White City, London

Beadsman was trained by Mr W Taylor at Glasgow

 

 

 

Hillcourt

 

 

Osprey Hawk

 

 

 

 

Prairie Hawk

 

Glorious Event

 

 

 

 

 

Dick The Liar

 

 

Merriment IV

 

 

 

 

Royal Leilly

MICK THE MILLER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lock and Key

 

 

Let Im Out

 

 

 

 

Lengsfield

 

Na Boc Lei

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Tide

 

 

Talbotstown III

 

 

 

 

Bag O’Slack

Probably the most famous greyhound ever.

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Thanks are due to Gerald Tinsley for providing the picture of Mick the Miller. I am extremely grateful to Joe Sloan for the following tale about the great Mick the Miller. His father, a greyhound racing enthusiast throughout his life, was at the opening of both the Celtic Park Stadium in Belfast and the Dunmore Park Stadium. Born in 1910, he would have been 18 when greyhound racing was launched in Ireland and would have travelled to the stadium by bus from Ballynahinch. He fondly recalls that he was at a meeting one day in 1928 when one of the handlers needed to relieve himself and asked his father to hold his dog until he returned. On returning he advised his father to keep a look out for the dog, telling him it was Mick the Miller. Joe was told by his father that Mick did not win that day!
Mick the Miller ran many times at Shelbourne Park, but never did race at Dunmore. However, the great news is that very early on in his career he ran 3 times at Celtic Park in Belfast:-
On Wednesday 25th April 1928 Mick the Miller contested the 1st Round of the Abercorn Cup over 526.6 yards. He ran from Trap 3 and won at 1/5 favourite in 30.80.
On Monday 7th May 1928 Mick ran in the semi-final of the Abercorn Cup. He was in Trap 2 and won at 5/2 favourite in 30.60.
On Friday 11th May 1928 he was third in the Abercorn Cup from Trap 1 at 5/1 despite running a 30.40. The Evens favourite for the race was Dick’s Son, commonly known as the ‘Kilkenny Crack’, whilst his main rival was an Ulster dog called Moorland Rover at 11/8. In the event it was Moorland Rover who beat Dick’s Son by a short head with Mick the Miller just ½ a length back in third. This was almost certainly the race that Joe’s father was at, handling the great Mick the Miller whilst his handler took a leak!

1929 PRE-FINAL

By the time of the third Greyhound Derby the competition was becoming extremely popular and competitive. Boher Ash was attempting to retain his crown, while Mutable, Palatinus and Buckna Boy challenged for favouritism. Palatinus was one of the first to run and won, at 1/3,in a time of 30.22. Given that Buckna Boy had done a solo in 30.38, which in itself was seen as something special, it was thought that Palatinus was the business. Enter an almost unknown greyhound called Mick the Miller for his solo trial, and does an unbelievable time of 30.03 secs which was one spot lower than the world record for 525 yards. The question, could it be bettered in the thick of the action, was answered in some style by Mick when he won his heat in a time of 29.82 secs. Furthermore, the ante post favourite, Mutable, was knocked out in the first round. The expectation, by the time of the second round, was visible for all. Mick won the opening second round heat in 30.45, being 8 lengths clear of his nearest rival. Boher Ash, the 1928 winner, bit the dust in the second round, while Palatinus was beaten in his second round heat. However, all was not plain sailing for Mick because another greyhound, Entomb, managed to equal Mick’s time and was favoured by the punters. In the first semi final Entomb missed his break but made up the ground rapidly and went on to score by an impressive 4 lengths. In the second semi Palatinus led Mick early traps but was overhauled, and Mick won by 2 lengths in a time of 29.98. The other semi had been won in 30.16. All was set for an exciting final.

1929 FINAL

For the only time in history the 1929 final was to be contested by just 4 runners. The organisers wanted a clean run race and thought that 4 competitors would guarantee this.

Three of the 4 runners had their supporters. Mick the Miller, running from trap 4, was made the 7/4 on favourite, while Palatinus, from trap 2, was installed at 3/1. Entomb, from County Clare, had been ante post favourite, but from trap 3 was allowed to go off at 9/2. The rag from trap 1 was Beadsman who went off at 25/1.

Sensationally, the guaranteed clean race involving just 4 runners was not to be. Palatinus led on the rails and won as he liked, because the other three runners collided and a no race was declared. Just 30 minutes later the Derby was re-run and Palatinus led once again on the rails, but Mick was close up at the first bend and took over at the second. He went on to win in a time of 29.96, scoring by 3 lengths from Palatinus, with Entomb back in third.

WINNERS PROFILE

Mick was a sensation. He was one of a litter of 12, born in June 1926 and bred by a parish priest, Father Brophy, in Ireland from a mating between his own bitch, Na Boc Lei, and Glorious Event. It seems incredible in hindsight that Mick started his racing career late after suffering a life threatening bout of distemper at the end of his first year. He was sent to Arthur ‘Doc’ Callanan at Shelbourne Park and cared for day and night. He took his time to recover but eventually returned to Shelbourne Park to be schooled. His trainer was Mick Horan, who tried Mick over hurdles as well as running him on the flat. His first race was at Shelbourne Park on 18th April 1928, which Mick won in style. After winning his heat his owner was offered 500. However, he thought that Mick was worth more and the White City racing manager organised an auction. He was purchased by bookmaker A. Williams for 800 guineas. He went on to win his remaining heat, his semi final and final, and was to return the next year to claim the Derby a second time. He finished his racing career on 3rd October 1931 at Wembley, winning the St Leger over a distance of 700 yards.

SEMI-FINALS on Tuesday 23rd July 1929
First Semi-Final   Second Semi-Final
ETOMB (T1) 30.16 5/2   MICK THE MILLER (T1) 29.98 1/4 fav
BEADSMAN (T5) 30.40     PALATINUS (T2) 30.16  
BUCKNA BOY (T2)       CAPTURED HALF (T3)    
BOMBAY (T3)       NERVA (T4)    
OTHER DAYS (T4)       MUSICAL BOX (T5)    
Winner won by 4 yards and was trained by Harmon (White City)   Winner won by 3 yards and was trained by Horan (Dublin)

 

SECOND ROUND on Saturday 20th July 1929
Heat 1   Heat 2
MICK THE MILLER (T1) 30.45 1/4 fav   CAPTURED HALF (T2) 30.54 4/1
BOMBAY (T2) 30.93     OTHER DAYS (T3) 30.72  
BEWITCHING EVE (T3)       MALL CROSS (T1)    
STARMAN (T4)       BOHER ASH (T4)    
TRUMP (T5)       MELKSHAM DENNY (T5)    
DOUBTFUL DICK (T6)       HONEYMAN'S LAST (T6)    
Winner won by 8 yards and was trained by Horan, Dublin   Winner won by 3 yards and was trained by Biss, Wimbledon
Heat 3   Heat 4
ENTOMB (T6) 30.45 5/2   NERVA (T1) 30.59 100/8
MUSICAL BOX (T3) 30.69     BEADSMAN (T2) 30.68  
GAY KARL (T1)       PRIDE OF THE PEAK (T3)    
MORE SERAP (T2)       DOLLINGER (T4)    
DIO DORUS (T4)       SKEESICKS (T5)    
MERRY MATT (T5)       THANET DESPATCH (T6)    
Winner won by 4 yards and was trained by Harmon, White City   Winner won by 1 1/2 yards and was trained by Woolner, Belle Vue
Heat 5        
BUCKNA BOY (T1) 30.82 5/1        
PALATINUS (T5) 30.84          
WORSLEY JACK (T2)            
BRISBANE (T3)            
IDLE CHIEF (T4)            
MOSS KNOWE (T6)            
Winner won by a neck and was trained by Ings, Southampton        

 

FIRST ROUND on Tuesday 16th July 1929
Heat 11   Heat 12
OTHER DAYS (T2) 30.40     MICK THE MILLER (T4) 29.82  
BEADSMAN (T3) 30.42     CAPTURED HALF (T5) 30.30  
CHAIN MAIL (T1)       YELLOW BEAD (T1)    
ELM BRANCH (T4)       FIVE OF HEARTS (T2)    
WANE O'DAY (T5)       MELKSHAM EMINENCE (T3)    
BELVOIR (T6) NR     TRAMONTANO (T6)    
(Winner won by a neck and was trained by Maddon, Man White City)   (Winner won by 8 yards and was trained by Horan, Dublin)
Heat 13   Heat 14
ENTOMB (T4) 30.60     DOLLINGER (T4) 30.50  
DIO DORUS (T5) 30.84     BOMBAY (T3) 30.53  
CLEVERALITZ (T1)       JOURNALISTIC JOTTING (T1)    
SHY BOY 11 (T3)       SHAN MACANANTY (T2)    
HAPPY TIMES (T3)       MUTABLE (T5)    
vacant (T6)       vacant (T6)    
(Winner won by 4 yards and was trained by Harmon, White City)   (Winner won by 1/2 yard and was trained by Reynolds, Belle Vue)
Heat 15        
WORSLEY JACK (T5) 30.49          
DOUBTFUL DICK (T3) 30.55          
GOOD POACHER (T1)            
NORCOT ROAD (T2)            
BACK ISLE (T4)            
vacant (T6)            
(Winner won by 1 yard and was trained by Reynolds, Belle Vue)        
FIRST ROUND on Saturday 13th July 1929
Heat 6   Heat 7
BUCKNA BOY (T1) 30.52 6/4   TRUMP (T3) 30.46 6/4
BRISBANE (T4) 30.61     MOSS KNOWE (T6) 30.55  
CABIN BOY (T2)       MICHAEL BOY (T4)    
MARCUS (T3)       DEE LIGHT (T5)    
DICTOGRAPH (T5)       SOUTHERNER (T1)    
WINSTANLEY (T6)       DARK KAFFIR (T2)    
(Winner won by 1 1/2 yards and was trained by Ings, Southampton)   (Winner won by 1 1/2 yards and was trained by Wilkinson, Belle Vue)
Heat 8   Heat 9
STARMAN (T2) 30.27 11/8   SKEESICKS (T3) 30.31 4/7 fav
BOHER ASH (T3) 30.29     HONEYMAN'S LAST (T1) 30.35  
LITTLE SPEED (T1)       GOLD BAFFLE (T2)    
JUVENILE JOCKEY (T4)       HAPPY LIFE (T4)    
SCARLET STRIPES (T5)       PARSE GLAZE (T5)    
DEL MONTE (T6)       vacant (T6)    
(Winner won by a neck and was trained by Green, West Ham)   (Winner won by 3/4 yard and was trained by Maddon, Man White City)
Heat 10        
MORE SERAP (T1) 30.61 6/4        
NERVA (T4) 30.70          
WHISK JIM (T2)            
GRACCOLA (T3)            
KILRUSH (T5)            
vacant (T6)            
(Winner won by 1 1/2 yards and was trained by Parsons, Harringay)        
FIRST ROUND on Thursday 11th July 1929
Heat 1   Heat 2
MELKSHAM DENNY (T1) 30.57 2/1   PALATINUS (T2) 30.22 1/3 fav
IDLE CHIEF (T5) 30.72     MUSICAL BOX (T6) 20.28  
BOB MARTIN (T2)       MELKSHAM DODGER (T1)    
CLONGOREY (T3)       DINWOODIE (T3)    
TALBOT SIX (T4)       THE PEACOCK MASHER (T4)    
DESPERADO (T6) NR     RIDGE OF ROCK (T5)    
(Winner won by 2 1/2 yards and was trained by Jennings, Harringay)   (Winner won by 1 yard and was trained by Smith, White City)
Heat 3   Heat 4
PRIDE OF THE PEAK (T3) 30.96 7/4   THANET DESPATCH (T3) 30.42 10/1
GAY KARL (T4) 31.02     MERRY MATT (T4) 30.44  
KIRBY BOB (T5)       WAR CLOUD (T1)    
BLANC (T6)       CROWN ENTRY (T2)    
BULL ELEPHANT (T1) NR     TARMAC (T5)    
SPRINGFIELD SPAN (T2) NR     FIRST FASHION (T6) NR  
(Winner won by 1 yard and was trained by Wright, Belle Vue)   (Winner won by a neck and was trained by Wright, Belle Vue)
Heat 5        
BEWITCHING EVE (T2) 30.92 9/4        
MALL CROSS (T3) 31.16          
TALBOT SERVICE (T1)            
MOORLAD (T4)            
DEODAR (T5)            
WEE MURRAY (T6)            
(Winner won by 4 yards and was trained by Cooper, Harringay)        

The racecard is a heat of the Champion Stakes which was run on 20th December 1929. Mick the Miller won the heat in 33.15. After winning his semi final he was beaten in the final by Buckna Boy by 8 Lengths, the winning time was 32.99. My thanks to Tony Nash for providing the racecard scan and information.

WELSH GREYHOUND DERBY (Cardiff White City)

Winner Sire Dam Time
Back Isle Spike Island Giddy Fiddler 29.64

SCOTTISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Carntyne)

Dog Sire Dam Time SP
Clevaralitz Irish Brigadier II Hall Queen 30.87 3/1

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