1956 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City on Saturday 30th June 1956 .

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

dam

Price

Distance

Time/Dist.

1

Dunmore King (3)

Shaggy Lad

Dunmore Dancer

7/2

1/2 yd

29.22

2

Duet Leader (2)

Champion Prince

Derryluskin Lady

8/1

Dead Heat

29.25 

3

Gulf of Darien (6)

Imperial Dancer

Dorothy Ann

10/1

1 yd

29.25 

4

Northern King (4)

Champion Prince

Big Bawn

6/4 fav

3 yds

29.31

5

Granbally Shaun (5)

The Grand Champion

Rio Catriona

100/6

1 3/4 yds

29.49 

6

Quick Surprise (1)

Champion Prince

Quick Enough

25/1

 

29.59

Dunmore King claimed the 20,000 first prize by beating Duet Leader in a time of 28.84.

EARLY ROUNDS

Noel Purvis, who had made his money from building up a shipping line, was keen to land the 1956 Derby. His plans seemed to be on course when 4 brothers Northern Champion, Belingas Customer, Northern King and Gulf of Darien all made it through to the semi finals. However, in opposition were the previous years finalists Duet Leader and Home Straight, and the Irish youngster Dunmore King. Paddy McEvoy trained at Clapton and he was responsible for Dunmore King. It was owned by Jack McAllister and had previously won the McAlevey Gold Cup at Celtic Park in 29.44.

SEMI-FINALS

In the first semi it was Northern King who led from the first bend to round it in front and maintain his lead throughout to win by an impressive 4 lengths in 28.75. Although Purvis was upbeat about King and Champion, he was also worried by the threat from Dunmore King. At the off in the second semi Dunmore was only 3/1 second favourite behind the 4/6 Northern Champion. However, it was Dunmore who trapped the smarter and was never headed after leading at the first. Home Straight and Northern Champion maintained their challenge, but Purvis was to be bitterly disappointed when Champion was outstayed by Gulf of Darien, and Home Straight was also pipped for a finals place for the second year running by Quick Surprise.

THE FINAL

While it was widely thought that the final rested between Dunmore King at 7/2 and Northern King at 6/4, many feared that neither were ideally placed in 3 and 4 respectively. In the event it was the 8/1 Duet Leader who broke smartly just in front of Dunmore. By the first bend Dunmore had gained the lead, closely followed by Duet Leader, and it was left to Northern King to make his customary late headway. As they approached the final bend, with Norther looking increasingly threatening, he clipped the heels of Duet and put paid to both of their challenges. Dunmore King prevailed by 1/2 length in 29.22, and it was left to the fast finishing Gulf of Darien to claim joint second spot when dead heating with Duet Leader..

 

 

 

Meadow Fescue

 

 

Castledown Lad

 

 

 

 

Tender Cutlet

 

Shaggy Lad

 

 

 

 

 

Son of the Road

 

 

Shaggy Shore

 

 

 

 

Shaggy

DUNMORE KING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Major

 

 

Fair Britannia

 

 

 

 

Britannia’s Daughter

 

Dunmore Dancer

 

 

 

 

 

Mad Tanist

 

 

Rakish Ann

 

 

 

 

Ruby Lass

Derby final 1956b.JPG (91344 bytes)

Semi-Finals Saturday 23rd June 1956
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
1 Dunmore King 4 yds 29.03 3/1   1 Northern King 4 yds 28.75 4/6 f
4 Gulf of Darien Sh Hd 29.28 100/8   5 Duet Leader 1 3/4 yds 28.98 7/4
6 Quick Surprise   29.29 100/7   6 Grandbally Shaun 5 yds 29.08 100/7
2           2 Belinga's Customer 1 yd 29.39 40/1
3 Millview Karden   29.55 100/1   3 Gallant And Gay 1 yd 29.45 100/1
5 Home Straight   29.85 10/1   4 Cleo's Gossip   29.51 40/1

 

 

Second Round Heats Thursday 21st June 1956
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
3 Grandbally Shaun 1 yd 29.09 10/1   3 Northern King 1 yd 28.86 Evens f
1 Gulf of Darien 4 1/4 yds 29.15 7/2   2 Duet Leader 2 yds 28.92 5/4
2 Quick Surprise   29.41 4/1   5 Home Straight   29.04 100/8
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
4 Dunmore King 2 3/4 yds 29.10 6/4   5 Northern Champion 10 yds 28.85  
2 Belinga's Customer 2 yds 29.26 10/1   1 Gallant And Gay 1 yd 29.45 25/1
1 Cleo's Gossip   29.37 11/8 f   3 Millview Karden   29.51 66/1
3 Snow Trails (6th)   29.94 20/1   2 Secret Armour (6th) Dist. DNF 8/1
                     

 

First Round Heats Saturday 16th June 1956
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
2 Northern King 6 yds 28.79 2/9 f   3 Northern Champion 3 1/4 yds 28.75  
4 Quick Surprise   29.15 20/1   4 Duet Leader 4 1/4 yds 28.97 4/6 f
            5 Snow Trails   29.23 50/1
            1 Doon Marshall (6th)   29.65 20/1
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
2 Dunmore King 4 1/4 yds 29.07 Evens f   6 Belinga's Customer 2 3/4 yds 29.17 8/1
4 Customer's Son 1 yd 29.33     1 Home Straight 1 yd 29.33 4/5 f
6 Millview Karden   29.39 66/1   2 Grandbally Shaun   29.38 3/1
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
6 Gulf of Darien 8 3/4 yds 28.89 4/7 f   6 Cleo's Gossip Neck 29.17 7/4
2 Greenfield Flash 3 yds 29.41     1 Tax Diablo   29.19  
5 Gallant And Gay   29.58 100/6            
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
4 Cool Magourna 1 1/4 yds 29.05              
6 Secret Armour   29.13 8/1            
                     

WELSH GREYHOUND DERBY (Cardiff White City)

Winner Sire Dam Time
Millie's Valley Pigalle Wonder Racing Millie 29.36

IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Shelbourne Park)

Dog Sire Dam Time
Keep Moving Imperial Dancer California 29.18
Prince of Bermuda Champion Prince Sunora  

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