1938 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City on Saturday 25th June 1938

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

Dam

Price

Dist.

Time

1

Lone Keel (3)

Lone Man

Lucky Plum

9/4

1/2

29.62

2

Melksham Numeral (1)

 Melksham Ivan

Melksham Ivy 

 8/1

short head

29.66

3

Wattle Bark (4)

Secret Chance 

Helena Kane 

 20/1

5

29.67

4

Bealtaine (6)

Nora's Cutlet

Eagle's Reel

100/6

2

30.07

5

Demotic Mack (2)

 Beef Cutlet

 Kaiti Hill

 7/2

did not finish

30.23

6

Manhattan Midnight (5)

 Creamery Border

Deemsters Olive 

 7/4 fav

   

Lone Keel was trained privately by Mr S W Wright

Melksham Numeral was trained by Bert Heyes at the White City, London

Wattle Bark was trained by Jim Syder snr at Wembley

Bealtaine was trained by Joe Harmon at the White City, London

Demotic Mack was trained by Charles Cross at Clapton

Manhattan Midnight was trained privately by Mr S W Wright

A March 1935 brindled dog which was bred in County Down, Lone Keel won the 1938 Derby over 525 yards in a time of 29.62, having remained unbeaten in the 4 rounds of the competition.

 

 

 

Great Form

 

 

Solid Man

 

 

 

 

Jutland Sound

 

Lone Man

 

 

 

 

 

Carrickarede

 

 

Carnageragh Queen

 

 

 

 

Carnageragh Lass

LONE KEEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie

 

 

Mutton Cutlet

 

 

 

 

Miss Cinderella

 

Lucky Plum

 

 

 

 

 

Beaded Duck

 

 

Last Plum

 

 

 

 

Jazzaway

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I am extremely grateful to David A. Lucas for the photo of Lone Keel shown above. David is the grandson of owner Jack Walsh, who is shown on the right, with his wife Ivy on the left. During the Second World War Ivy ran what was described as a 'One Woman Dog Track' at Staines whilst husband Jack was an RAF pilot. When he returned he continued to run the track. British Pathe picked up on the story of Ivy and this can be seen using the link below. Towards the end of the clip Jack returns on leave from the War and is seen with his 4 year old daughter, who later became the mother of David A.Lucas! http://www.britishpathe.com/video/one-woman-dog-track/query/one+woman+dog+track

THE FINAL

This was seen by punters as a three dog race. Manhattan Midnight went off the 7/4 favourite, but in the end did not beat anything home. Demotic Mack was made third favourite at 7/2 but only beat one home. It was left to second favourite Lone Keel to follow Melksham Numeral around the first bend and to take up the running down the far side. Previous winner, Wattle Bark, was allowed to go off at 20/1 but belied his odds by taking up second place just behind the leader. At the final bend Lone Keel, although running wide, ran on sufficiently strongly to win by 1/2 a length, with Melksham Numeral getting back up by a short head to reclaim second spot from last years winner.

SEMI-FINALS Saturday 18th June 1938
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
1 Lone Keel 29.39 3 1/2 yds 11/4   1 Manhattan Midnight 29.38 2 yds 2/5 f
2 Melksham Numeral 29.60 8 yds 8/1   3 Demotic Mack 29.50 3 1/2 yds 5/1
4 Wattle Bark 30.08 1 yd 100/8   5 Bealtaine 29.71   10/1
5 Ballyhennessy Sandhills 30.14 2 yds 9/4 f   4 Hexham Bridge      
6 New Rum 30.26   100/6   6 Sheehan      
3 Grosvenor Bob         2 On The Strait 30.22   33/1
First Round Thursday 9th June 1938
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
Heat 1 Melksham Numeral 30.08 6 yds  
  Curious Jester 30.44 1 yd  
  Dago Ben 30.50    
         
Heat 2 Lone Keel 29.60 2 1/2 yds  
  Jesmond Cutlet 29.75 1 yd  
  Grosvenor Bob 29.81    
         
Heat 3 Manhattan Midnight 29.34 3 yds  
  Demotic Mack 29.52 1 yd  
  Sheehan 29.58    
         
First Round Saturday 11th June 1938
Heat 4 Bealtaine 29.58 4 yds  
  New Rum 29.82 Neck  
  Scattering Illusion 29.84    
         
Heat 5        
2 Ballyhennessy Sandhills 29.48 5 yds 1/3 f
5 Hexham Bridge 29.78 5 yds  
1 On The Strait 30.08 1 yd 8/1
3 Congleton Lord 30.14 1 1/2 yds 11/2
4 Liberty Lodge 30.23   33/1
         
Heat 6 Mealoughmore 29.80 Nk  
  Roeside Scottie 29.82 2 yds  
  Wattle Bark 29.94    
  Commodore of Waterhall Disq.    
 
Second Round Tuesday 14th June 1938
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
5 Lone Keel 29.43 3 yds 5/2
2 Melksham Numeral 29.61 3 yds 10/1
1 Bealtaine 29.79 1 yd 11/10 f
6 Hexham Bridge 29.85 1/2 yd  
4 Jesmond Cutlet 29.88   9/2
3 Roeside Scottie      
 
2 Manhattan Midnight 29.25 4 yds 4/9 f
1 Demotic Mack 29.49 6 yds 6/1
4 Sheehan 29.85 6 yds  
3 Wattle Bark 30.21   7/1
6 Mealoughmore     20/1
5 Scattering Illusion 30.30    
         
 
2 Grosvenor Bob 29.53 7 yds  
1 On The Strait 29.95 3 yds 25/1
3 Ballyhennessy Sandhills 30.13 distance  
5 Dago Ben DNF   50/1
6 New Rum DNF   10/1
4 Curious Jester DNF    
Consolation Final
Ballyhennessy Sandhills Head 29.68
Golden Alexander 2 yds 29.70
New Rum   29.82
Kinauld Demonstrator    
Lemon Produce    
On The Strait    

IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Harolds Cross)

Dog Sire Dam Time
Abbeylara Prudent Turn Thats The Why 30.09
Manozzi White Sandills Feale Wave  

SCOTTISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Carntyne)

Dog Sire Dam Time SP
Roeside Scottie Creamery Border Deemsters Olive 29.53 Evens fav

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