1958 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City on Saturday 28th June 1958

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

dam

Price

Dist.

Time

1

Pigalle Wonder (1)

Champion Prince

Prairie Peg

4/5 fav

2 3/4 L

28.65

2

Northern Lad (5)

Champion Prince

Choice Beauty

25/1

Neck

29.87 

3

Mile Bush Pride (3)

The Grand Champion

Withching Dancer

5/2

4 L

29.90 

4

Gentle Touch (4)

Magorna Reject

Abbey Jane

100/6

4 3/4 L

30.22 

5

Simmer Down Pal (2)

Ollys Pal

Ballygortagh Girl

50/1

1 L

 30.60

6

Outside Left (6)

Demon King

Gilera

6/1

 

 30.68

Pigalle Wonder, trained by the Wembley trainer Jim Syder Junior, won the 58 Derby, beating Northern Lad in a time of 28.65.

Early Rounds

At the outset of this competition it was widely believed that it would be dominated by Mile Bush Pride and Pigalle Wonder. However, as early as round one Pigalle was beaten and a new favourite in the Irish star Kilcashin Kern emerged. The Irish dog was trained by Tony Dennis, the youngest trainer in the competition, and won both first and second round heats, the first in 28.63, although towards the end of the second round he became lame but managed to hold on for victory. Meanwhile, both Pigalle Wonder and Mile Bush Pride won their second round heats, the latter in the faster time , winning in 28.70.

First Round Heats Saturday 14th June 1958
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
  Recorded Course 29.36       2 Clara Prince 28.81 1 yd 2/1
3 Pigalle Wonder (3rd) 29.40   4/9 f   3 Mile Bush Pride 28.87 2 1/2 yds 5/4 f
            1 Simmer Down Pal 29.02   10/1
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
4 Gentle Touch 29.19 Sh Head 100/7   3 Northern Lad 28.97 2 1/4 yds 5/2
2 Town Prince 29.20 Sh Head     5 Highway Tim 29.11 1 yd  
3 Outside Left 29.21   3/1   4 Lowertown Prince 29.17   9/4 f
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
1 Silvery Airways 29.16 2 yds 8/1   3 Kilcaskin Kern 28.63 4 yds 2/1
4 Mellow April 29.28 1 yd     1 Dancing Sheik 28.87    
2 Merville 29.34   100/7            
6 Beware Champ (5th) 29.68   1/3 f            
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
3 Arrow Bridge 29.05 5 yds 7/4 f   1 More Talent 29.10 2 3/4 yds  
2 Lake Lucerne 29.35       6 Ina's Prince 29.26   3/1

 

Second Round Heats Thursday 19th June 1958
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
5 Pigalle Wonder 28.76 3 1/4 yds 4/5 f   1 Kilcaskin Kern 29.39 1 1/4 yds 2/5 f
6 Gentle Touch 28.96 Sh Head 7/1   3 Silvery Airways 29.47 2 yds 7/1
1 Northern Lad 28.97 2 L 9/2   2 Simmer Down Pal 29.60   20/1
4 Lowertown Prince 29.10   6/1            
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
1 Mile Bush Pride 28.50 5 1/2 yds 4/6 f   2 Merville 28.97 4 yds 4/1
3 Outside Left 28.83 Sh Head 11/2   5 Town Prince 29.21 1 1/4 yds  
6 Arrow Bridge 28.84   10/1   3 Ina's Prince 29.29   6/1
5 Clara Prince (5th) 29.16   7/2            
                     

Semi Finals

The scene was set for two scintillating semi-finals. In the first it was the turn of Mile Bush Pride and although led up on the outside by Outside Left and Gentle Touch, he squeezed between them at the first and sprinted clear to win by 7 lengths in 28.57. Outside Left and Gentle Touch claimed the other 2 finals places. In the second semi-final the supporters of Pigalle Wonder showed some doubt, allowing him to go off at a shade of odds on 4/5. Despite this there was never a concern as Pigalle raced to a 13 length victory in a record breaking 28.44, with Northern Lad and Simmer Down Pal claiming remore minor placings.

SEMI-FINALS Saturday 21st June 1958
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
5 Pigalle Wonder 28.44 13 yds 4/5 f   1 Mile Bush Pride 28.57 7 yds 1/2 f
1 Northern Lad 29.21 2 1/4 yds 7/2   3 Outside Left 29.06 1 1/4 yds 5/1
2 Simmer Down Pal 29.35 2 1/2 yds 25/1   4 Gentle Touch 29.16 3 yds 10/1
4 Kilcaskin Kern 29.50 2 yds 9/2   2 Arrow Bridge 29.35 3/4 yd 6/1
3 Silvery Airways 29.61 2 yds 8/1   6 Merville 29.39   100/7
6 Ina's Prince 29.74   3/1            

The Final

Despite the obvious qualities of Pigalle Wonder and Mile Bush Pride, with the former at 4/5 and the latter at 5/2 second favourite, the final was not seen as a two dog match. Clear support was for the wide berthed Outside Left (6/1) and more than one newspaper hack strongly tipped Gentle Touch. However, it was left to Northern Lad to hit the lids first from the 5 box, followed around by Gentle Touch and Pigalle Wonder. Remarkably Northern Lad took up a rails position at the first, a tactic which enabled him to build a clear lead, although Pigalle had moved ominously into second. It was not until the approach to the third bend that Pigalle caught and passed Northern Lad, running on too strongly to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 28.65. Mile Bush Pride had proved no match for Pigalle and was even denied the runners up berth by a fast diminishing neck.

 

 

 

Castledown Lad

 

 

Bella’s Prince

 

 

 

 

Bella’s Witch

 

Champion Prince

 

 

 

 

 

Swanky Jog

 

 

Sallywell

 

 

 

 

Lucy Lilla

PIGALLE WONDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mad Tanist

 

 

The Grand Champion

 

 

 

 

Could Be Worse

 

Prairie Peg

 

 

 

 

 

Astra’s Son

 

 

Prairie Vixen

 

 

 

 

Take Murex

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50 credits

Jim Syder Senior was one of the early trainers at Wembley Greyhound Stadium alongside the great Bob Burls, a trainer there for 50 years, and Sidney Probert.  He trained So Green, the 6/4 favourite, to win the first puppy Derby at Wimbledon, and Wattle Bark which won the 1937 Greyhound Derby for Mrs Dent. See my page on the 1937 Derby for further details accessible by link below. Note that Jim also had Maiden’s Delight and Grosvenor Bob in the final.
http://www.greyhoundderby.com/1937-greyhoundderby.htm
 In the 1950’s his son, Jim Syder Junior trained at Wembley and was responsible for training Pigalle Wonder to capture the 1958 Greyhound Derby. In the 3 weeks prior to the Derby final Jim and his Head lad took it in turns to sleep on a makeshift bed in Pigalle’s kennel, and his food was cooked in a special saucepan to reduce the chance of infection. Jim was one of the earliest trainers to appreciate that diet was extremely important to a racing greyhound, claiming that 75% of the training of a dog was a matter of diet, and the time to build up the strength of the dog with steaks and chicken was a matter of timing. The dog was originally called Prairie Champion and he was owned by Al Burnett who owned the Pigalle Club in Piccadilly. It is most likely that the picture shows Jim Syder Junior with the dog rather than owner Al Burnett, who by this stage was quite elderly.  Jim Junior had earlier trained Firgrove Slipper to win the Gold Collar in 1955. To date they remain the only father and son team to both train winners of the Greyhound Derby.

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With very grateful thanks to Steve McClenn for this scan of the champion .

WELSH GREYHOUND DERBY (Cardiff White City)

Winner Sire Dam Time
Our Defence Defence Leader Our Violet 30.27

IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Shelbourne Park)

Dog Sire Dam Time
Colonel Perry Olly's Quare Rebel Ashgrove Breeze 29.79
Daring Customer Champion Prince Daring Angel  

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