1939 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City.

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

Dam

Price

Time/Dist.

1

Highland Rum (6)

Rum Ration

Liagh Lady

2/1 j fav

29.35

2

Carmel Ash (2)

Tallboy

Carmel Jean

2/1 j fav

2 1/2

3

Demotic Mack (3)

Beef Cutlet 

Kaiti Hill 

10/1

12

4

Mister Mutt (5)

Final Flight

Captains Fancy

100/8

head

5

Junior Classic (1)

 Beef Cutlet

Lady Eleanor 

5/2

1

6

Black Peter

Johnny Peters

Teftwood Magnet

 

withdrawn

Highland Rum, a May 1937 red and fawn dog which was bred at Dungarvan in County Waterford, was sent to England to be trained by P. Fortune of Wimbledon. He won the Derby in runaway style, beating Carmel Ash in a time of 29.35, earning a purse of 1250.

Carmel Ash was bred in Scotland and trained at Harringay by E. Wright. The only finalist to remain unbeaten leading up to the final, but was then beaten by Highland Rum.

 

 

 

Latto

 

 

Red Robin

 

 

 

 

Red Rosette

 

Rum Ration

 

 

 

 

 

Jock’s Lodge

 

 

Burletta

 

 

 

 

Fasten Fast

HIGHLAND RUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solid Man

 

 

Son of the Soil

 

 

 

 

Stop Flirting

 

Liagh Lady

 

 

 

 

 

Trained Band

 

 

Robello

 

 

 

 

Lilliah

THE FINAL

With the withdrawl of Black Peter, who sustained an injury just before the final, the betting between the top 3 became very tight. Carmel Ash and Highland Rum were made 2/1 joint favourites with Mister Mutt the outsider at a shade above 12/1 and, in the event, the punters were correct but only just. As the boxes rose it was Mister Mutt who gained the early lead, from Highland and Carmel Ash. He maintained a 3 length lead as they approached the first, but runners bunched up behind him. As they went round the first there was severe bunching on the inside, giving Highland Rum a trouble free run on the wide outside. He took full advantage of this to take a five length lead down the back straight, with Carmel and Demotic Mack giving chase. While Carmel Ash did manage to run on strongly, he was still  two and a half lengths behind at the line, with Demotic a full 12 lengths further back in third.

SEMI-FINALS Saturday 17th June 1939
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
2 Junior Classic 29.40 1 yd 9/4   2 Carmel Ash 29.47 4 yds 4/5 f
3 Black Peter 29.46 Head 5/1   6 Demotic Mack 29.71 1/2 yd 10/1
4 Highland Rum 29.48 Head 2/1 f   3 Mister Mutt 29.74 1/2 yd 8/1
1 Gayhunter 29.50   5/1   4 Tin Whistle 29.77 1 yd 100/30
5 Barkham Albatross         5 Musical Duke 29.83   7/1
6 Dogberry Davate 30.04   100/6   1 Windsor of Waterhall      
Second Round Thursday 15th June 1939
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
3 Carmel Ash 29.29 2 1/2 yds 6/5 f   6 Gayhunter 29.21 7 yds 8/1
6 Musical Duke 29.44 2 yds 4/1   1 Windsor of Waterhall 29.63 1 yd  
1 Barkham Albatross 29.56       2 Dogberry Davate 29.75   5/1
4 Hellfire Mickey         3 Reg Norton      
2 Abbeylara         5 Black Johnny      
5 Great Record         4 Ballydancer      
 
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
2 Junior Classic 29.41 Head 7/2   1 Demotic Mack 29.61 1/2 yd 4/1
6 Highland Rum 29.42 1 yd 13/8 f   4 Tin Whistle 29.64 5 yds 5/2
4 Black Peter 29.49   8/1   5 Mister Mutt 29.94 1 yd 100/7
5 Sporty Offer         6 Scattering Illusion 30.00 Sh Head 11/2
1 Selsey Cutlet 29.51   100/30   2 Keerie's Pride 30.01   6/1
3 Barryreel         3 Ballyjoker      
First Round Saturday 10th June 1939
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
4 Ballydancer 29.80 3 1/2 yds     4 Carmel Ash 29.35 8 yds 5/1
3 Musical Duke 30.01 Sh Head 4/1   3 Junior Classic 29.83 1/2 4/5 f
2 Black Peter 30.02 Head 100/30   1 Windsor of Waterhall 29.85 10 yds  
5 Granada Rose 30.04   100/7   6 Return Fare II 30.46   5/1
6 Royal Danielli DNF       5 Hymer Phlop      
1 Grosvenor Fearless DISQ       2 Trev's Carriers      
 
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
6 Highland Rum 29.39 3 yds 8/11 f   2 Dogberry Davate 29.99 Head 7/1
3 Scattering Illusion 29.57 8 yds 9/4   1 Black Johnny 30.01 1 yd  
1 Reg Norton 30.05       3 Gayhunter 30.07   100/30
5 Caulfield's Rock         5 Ed Lights 30.49   11/4 cf
4 On The Strait         6 Talis      
            4 Cash Balance      
First Round Tuesday 13th June 1939
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
4 Tin Whistle 29.43 1/2 yd 9/2   6 Selsey Cutlet 29.36 5 yds 6/1
5 Sporty Offer 29.46 3 yds     5 Hellfire Mickey 29.66 1 yd  
2 Ballyjoker 29.64       1 Mister Mutt 29.72   3/1
1 Grata's Rosary         2 Liberty Lodge      
3 Causeway Tom         3 Cinderella of Waterhall      
            4 Grosvenor Ferdinand 29.90   8/11
 
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
2 Keerie's Pride 29.69 6 yds     6 Demotic Mack 29.69 2 yds 5/2 f
3 Ballyreel 30.05 7 yds     4 Barkham Albatross 29.81 1 yd  
5 Abbeylara 30.47       5 Great Record 29.87    
6 Preston         2 Roe Side Scottie      
4 Lanyard II         3 Glen Ranger      
1 Selsey Boy         1 Ivyhouse Champion      
1939 cover.JPG (111388 bytes) 1939 prog.JPG (96676 bytes) 1939 menu.JPG (75699 bytes)
Rare 1939 programme, minimal markings but punched holes Extremely rare gold embossed menu
Cost £60 Cost £30
Derby Consolation Final
Selsey Cutlet 4 29.31
Musical Duke 1/2 29.55
Grosvenor Ferdinand Head 29.57
Tin Whistle    
Gayhunter    
Dogberry Davate    

The racecard scan is a graded sweepstake over 500yds hurdles run on the 21st July 1939 featuring three outstanding hurdlers of the pre war era. Juvenile Classic (winner of the Grand National 1938,1940). Printer (winner of the Wimbledon gold cup 1939). Valiant Bob (winner of the Grand National 1939). The race was won by Printer by a distance of  2 Lengths in  29.33  on good going. Valiant Bob was withdrawn off colour. However, the three dogs met less than two weeks later, in an open over the same trip which included, Lemon Produce who won the Christmas Vase the previous year & Speedway Rover from Wembley. The result this time was: Printer, Valiant Bob, Juvenile Classic by a distance of  4 ½ Lengths in  29.00  on good going which at the time was a track record. My thanks to Tony Nash for providing the racecard scan and information.

IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Limerick)

Dog Sire Dam Time
Marching Through Georgia Church Parade Stonepark 30.05
Irish Rambler Culrain Little Eva  

SCOTTISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Carntyne)

Dog Sire Dam Time SP
Misty Law II Dee Rock Devon's Shore 29.60 5/1

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