1955 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City on Saturday 25th June 1955.

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

dam

Price

Distance

Time

1

Rushton Mac (2)

Rushton News

Rushton Panda

5/2

3/4 yd

28.97

2

Barrowside (3)

Ballymac Ball

Nifty Bella

1/2 f

4 1/2 yds

29.01

3

Coolkill Chieftain (4)

Celtic Chief

Coolkill Darkie

100/7

1 yd

29.28 

4

Gulf of Honduras (6)

Imperial Dancer

Daring Belle

8/1

1 3/4 yds

29.34 

5

Home Straight (1)

Jeffs Pal

Honey Bear

100/6

3 yds

29.44 

6

Duet Leader (5)

Champion Prince

Derryluskin Lady

10/1

 

29.62 

Rushton Mac beat Barrowside to claim the 20,000 prize in a time of 28.97.

 

 

 

Tanist

 

 

Tanimon

 

 

 

 

Princess Mona

 

Rushton News

 

 

 

 

 

Turk

 

 

Fly Joan

 

 

 

 

Clarendon Bess

RUSHTON MAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dee Rock

 

 

Swinging Light

 

 

 

 

Beaut

 

Rushton Panda

 

 

 

 

 

Rotton Row

 

 

Hazy Rhyl

 

 

 

 

July Record

THE FINAL

Early round results implied this was a two dog race and the betting reflected this. While Rushton Mac was a well backed 5/2 shot, the clear odds on 1/2 favourite was the three dog Barrowside. All seemed well for favourite backers as Barrowside led from the boxes, with Home Straight and Rushton Mac following closely behind. Barrowside went wide at the first providing Rushton with the opportunity on the inside. Down the back straight Rushton maintained a length lead, always challenged by Barrowside, and these went clear of the others led by Home Straight and Coolkill Chieftain. Around the fourth bend Ruston was still in the lead as Barrowside mounted a strong challenge, but Rushton held on by 3/4 length, with the pair some 4 and a half lengths ahead of the fast finishing Coolkill Chieftain.

[The article listed below is reproduced by cortesy of Byrne's Auctioneers, Chester.]

In his heyday Cheshire's Rushton Mac was acclaimed as the best English-bred greyhound ever. Having achieved a trio of victories in the English, Welsh and Scottish Derbies; recorded wins in 14 successive races and posted five track records, the description was beyond doubt.

Now, 50 years later, the magnificent silver trophy presented by the Greyhound Racing Association for Mac's 1955 English Greyhound Derby win is to be sold. Chester fine art and antiques auctioneers Byrne's will offer the trophy together with Mac's trap No. 2 jacket worn for the race; the winner's jacket worn by the dog during the subsequent parade and presentation, a photograph of the trophy presentation; an original race card from the meeting held on June 25 1955 and one of Mac's stud cards. The collection is expected to fetch up to 3,000 when it is sold on the second of a two-day sale on Wednesday and Thursday, December 7 and 8.

Rushton Mac was bred out of Rushton News and Rushton Panda by the late Mr Frank Johnson and his wife Mary at Boothouse Farm, Rushton, in Tarporley, Cheshire, where they ran a greyhound stud and licensed training facility. Mr Johnson’s son, Peter, a retired farmer from Wrenbury, is selling the collection. He said greyhound breeding and racing was the great love of his parents' lives.

"Boothouse was a small farm on the Oulton Park estate and they started greyhound racing with a bitch named Fly Joan soon after they were married in the early 1940s. They were granted a licence to train dogs on their own account in1953 and by then they were travelling to races all over the country," Peter Johnson said.

"My sister, Ann, and I were always being bundled into the back of a van with the dogs and we used to help at the tracks. It was so exciting when we came home as winners. It was very unusual to run English-bred greyhounds because in those days most were bred in Ireland."

Mac's track record was unique. Apart from being a triple Derby winner in 1955, the grandson of Fly Joan, the Johnson's original dog, Mac was awarded Silver Greyhounds in 1954 and 1955 for Best English Bred Greyhound.

A contemporary report of the English Derby run at the famous White City Stadium in London, said that "early round results implied this was a two dog race and the betting reflected this. While Rushton Mac was a well backed 5/2 shot, the clear odds on 1/2 favourite was the three dog Barrowside. All seemed well for favourite backers as Barrowside led from the boxes, with Home Straight and Rushton Mac following closely behind. Barrowside went wide at the first providing Rushton with the opportunity on the inside. Down the back straight Rushton maintained a length lead, always challenged by Barrowside, and these went clear of the others led by Home Straight and Coolkill Chieftain. Around the fourth bend Ruston was still in the lead as Barrowside mounted a strong challenge, but Rushton held on by three-quarters of a length, with the pair some four and a half lengths ahead of the fast finishing Coolkill Chieftain.

Mac was retired and put to stud in late 1956 or early 1957 having won more than 8,500 in prize money. Mr and Mrs Johnson retired in the early Sixties and the trophy and archive has remained in the family since. By the important London silversmith Garrard & Company, it weighs a whopping 64 ounces and comes complete with turned wooden socle and fitted mahogany case.

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Pictures courtesy of Byrne's Auctioneers, Chester.

Semi-Finals Saturday 18th June 1955
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
3 Rushton Mac 1 3/4 yds 29.14 11/8 f   1 Barrowside 5 3/4 yds 28.86 4/11 f
1 Coolkill Chieftain 3/4 yd 29.24 11/4   2 Home Straight 1 1/4 yds 29.20 33/1
5 Gulf of Honduras 1 yd 29.28 9/2   4 Duet Leader   29.28 8/1
6 Snow Trails 4 yds 29.34 8/1   5        
4 Wular Choice Sh Hd 29.58 40/1   3 Smokey Champion   29.34 100/8
2 Yon Cassius   29.59 6/1   6 Chance Me Paddy   29.50 50/1

 

 

Second Round Heats Thursday 16th June 1955
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
1 Duet Leader 2 1/4 yds 28.96 4/1   5 Rushton Mac 1 1/4 yds 29.34 11/10 f
2 Matchlock 1 yd 29.10     3 Snow Trails 3 yds 29.42 10/3
3 Home Straight   29.17 33/1   6 Yon Cassius   29.61 6/1
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
4 Barrowside 6 1/4 yds 28.73 2/5 f   1 Catchman 1/2 yd 29.45 Void
3 Gulf of Honduras 5 yds 29.12 100/6   4 Coolkill Chieftain 1 yd 29.48 Void
2 Chance Me Paddy Sh Hd 29.42 10/1   2 Smokey Champion 2 3/4 yds 29.53 Void
1 Alta Tanist   29.43 11/2   5 Wular Choice   29.69 Void
                     

 

First Round Heats Saturday 11th June 1955
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
6 Gulf of Honduras 3/4 yd 29.28 7/2   4 Rushton Mac 3/4 yd 29.09 8/11 f
5 Wular Chikor 1/4 yd 29.32 9/1   5 Smokey Champion   29.13 100/8
1 Home Straight   29.34 7/1   1 Fitz's Marquis (4th)   29.21 6/1
            3 Ardskeagh Ville (5th)   29.33 50/1
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
2 Barrowside 3 1/4 yds 28.82 2/5 f   1 Step Inside   28.91  
6 Aghacommon Rex   29.02     3 Coolkill Chieftain (3rd)   29.35 5/4 jf
5 Clever Count (5th)   29.44 50/1   6 Moyola Flash (5th)   29.87 40/1
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
5 Hi There   29.28     2 Matchlock 1 1/4 yds 29.20  
6 Duet Leader (3rd)   29.34 4/1   4 Chance Me Paddy 1 3/4 yds 29.28 33/1
1 Brindle Seal (6th)   30.42 40/1   5 Alta Tanist   29.38 9/1
            3 Clonearl Laddie (6th)   29.74 66/1
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
5 Yon Cassius Neck 29.09 7/1   4 Snow Trails 7 yds 29.31 11/4
4 Catchman   29.10     2 Fly Ruby   29.73  
                     

WELSH GREYHOUND DERBY (Cardiff White City)

Winner Sire Dam Time
Rushton Mac Rushton News Rushton Panda 29.40

IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Harolds Cross)

Dog Sire Dam Time
Spanish Battleship Spanish Chestnut Ballyseedy Memory 29.53
Crostys Bell The Grand Champion Crosty Lady  

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