1961 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City Saturday 24th June 1961 .

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

dam

Price

Distances

Time(secs)

1

Palms Printer (1)

The Grand Champion

Palm Shadow

2/1

1 1/4 yds

28.84

2

Oregon Prince (2)

Knockhill Chieftan

Burleighs Fancy

6/4 fav

1 1/4 yds 28.92

3

Winter Bell (5)

Champion Prince

Spanish Gardenia

50/1

Sh Hd 29.00

4

Spider Hill (6)

Forever Cloone

She Can Can

3/1

1 1/2 yds

29.01

5

Luxury Liner (4)

Northern King

Brazen Hussy

10/1

Distance

29.10

6

Clopook (3)

The Grand Fire

Clopook Queen

100/8

 

DNF

The Winner was owned by Mr D Heale

Palms Printer was trained by Paddy McEvoy at Clapton

Oregon Prince was trained privately by Phil Rees snr

Winter Bell was trained by Clare Orton at Wimbledon

Spider Hill was trained by Joe Pickering at White City, London

Luxury Liner was trained by Gunner Smith at Hove

Clopook was trained privately by Ernie Gaskin snr

 

 

 

Tanist

 

 

Mad Tanist

 

 

 

 

Mad Darkie

 

The Grand Champion

 

 

 

 

 

Bella’s Prince

 

 

Could Be Worse

 

 

 

 

Bomb Fire

PALM’S PRINTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella’s Prince

 

 

Olly’s Pal

 

 

 

 

Quare Fire

 

Palm Shadow

 

 

 

 

 

No Swell

 

 

Palm Swell

 

 

 

 

Love Palm

Derby 1961.JPG (132732 bytes)

THE FINAL

I am grateful to Henry May for providing his memories of the final. It was a two dog race from soon after the first bend. The betting made Oregon Prince the 6/4 fav, but Palm's Printer was quietly fancied at 2/1. While Clopook and Luxury Liner broke smartly they were to both swing wide at the first allowing Palm's Printer, from his favoured inside box, to lead at the bend and stay on the rails, challenged by Oregon Prince who ran upsides, but never headed him. It was a fair race, with no bumping whatsoever, and try as he might Oregon just could not go by, particularly when he checked at the fourth bend. It was left to Palm's Printer to come home a length and a quarter clear of the favourite in a time of 28.84.There was little doubt that the best dog won on the night. Henry further comments that his fathers friend, George Harris, had been offered Palm's Printer for just 400 but had turned him down because of a perceived defect on one foot. Some would say "That's cricket" , but it's actually dog racing!!!

SEMI-FINAL

In the first semi-final it was Clopook, from trap 6, who broke smartly and led from the boxes only to swing wide at the bend and enable Palm's Printer, the 11/10 favourite, to lead on the inside. He continued to dominate down the back straight, despite the attentions of Clopook, but it was left to Spider Hill to make the final challenge. He had not managed to break well from the 5 box but had been game in running on strongly, failing by a length and a half to reach Palm's. The winner recorded a time of 28.68, while Clopook was a further 1/4 length back to secure the third qualifying position.

In the second semi it was widely thought that the unbeaten Oregon Prince would dominate at 11/4 on favourite and so it proved. He broke smartly and led around the first bend, taking a five length lead into the back straight. He began tying up in the home straight but comfortably held on by 2 lengths, in 28.74, from Luxury Liner with Winter Bell a further 5 3/4 length away in third. As a footnote, it was sad that the owner of Winter Bell was unable to witness his dogs progress into the final because he died on the morning of the semi-final.

Semi-Finals Saturday 17th June 1961
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
1 PALM'S PRINTER 1 1/2 yds 28.68 11/10 f   6 OREGON PRINCE 2 yds 28.74 4/11 f
5 SPIDER HILL Sh Hd 28.77 7/2   4 LUXURY LINER 5 3/4 yds 28.86 7/1
6 CLOPHOOK 5 yds 28.78 3/1   1 WINTER BELL 3 yds 29.20 20/1
4 EARLY FOOT 2 1/4 yds 29.08 20/1   3 TROJAN VAN Sh Hd 29.37 8/1
3 MAD ERA 3 1/2 yds 29.22 10/1   5 CHUBBY'S CHOICE 1 3/4 yds 29.38 33/1
2 KILLNARDIN BLACKBIRD   29.43 33/1   2 SKIP'S CHOICE   29.48 25/1

 

EARLY ROUNDS

It was widely believed that the greyhounds that had dominated the 1960 competition would return to run well in the 1961 event, but this was not to be. Dogs like Duleek Dandy, Careless Look and Prairie Flashdid not manage to get past the first round. By the time round two had been completed the name to emerge as favourite was Oregon Prince, who had dominated both of his early rounds. Paddy McEvoy also had a quiet fancy for his dog, Palm's Printer, and had already recorded two previous Derby wins.

Second Round Heats Thurdsay 15th June 1961
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
Heat 1   Heat 2
2 TROJAN VAN 2 1/4 yds 29.00 5/2 jf   1 EARLY FOOT 4 3/4 yds 28.98 7/1
1 MAD ERA 2 yds 29.14 5/2 jf   6 SKIP'S CHOICE 3/4 yd 29.26 9/1
4 CHUBBY'S CHOICE   29.27 10/1   4 LUXURY LINER   29.30 2/1 f
  JIM'S TOUR         3 KNOCAGH      
            2 GLIDEAWAY SOLAR   29.42 7/2
Heat 3   Heat 4
3 OREGON PRINCE 1 3/4 yds 28.77 4/7 f   5 PALM'S PRINTER 3 3/4 yds 28.99 2/1
1 CLOPOOK 5 yds 28.87 5/1   1 SPIDER HILL 1 3/4 yds 29.21 10/11 f
5 WINTER BELL Sh Hd 29.16 20/1   6 KILLNARDIN BLACKBIRD   29.31 25/1
4 DRUMSKEA CONQUEST   29.17 25/1            
  BALLINATONA SPECIAL                  

 

First Round Heats Saturday 10th June 1961
Trap Dog Dist Time SP   Trap Dog Dist Time SP
Heat 1   Heat 2
  CARELESS LOOK           GREGON PRINCE      
  BALLINATONA SPECIAL           CLONMANNON FIRE      
Heat 3   Heat 4
1 JIM'S TOUR 3/4 29.06     5 KNOCAGH 2 3/4 29.08  
3 SPIDER HILL 1 1/4 29.10 11/10 f   4 WINTER BELL 1 3/4 29.24 100/8
6 CHUBBY'S CHOICE   29.18 33/1   2 MAD ERA   29.34 2/1 f
  CLONALVY PRIDE           PRAIRIE FLASH      
Heat 5   Heat 6
1 DRUMSKEA CONQUEST 1 3/4 29.48 100/8   6 PALM'S PRINTER 3 28.86 11/10 f
2 CLOPOOK 3/4 29.58 2/1 f   5 LUXURY LINER 5 29.04 4/1
5 SKIP'S CHOICE   29.63 4/1   1 KILLNARDEN BLACKBIRD   29.34 8/1
  GOLDEN ARROW           SS LEADER      
Heat 7   Heat 8
4 OREGON PRINCE 4 3/4 28.90 4/7 f   3 AIRMOUNT BRONCO Neck 29.28  
5 GLIDEAWAY SOLAR 1/4 29.18 6/1   4 TROJAN VAN   29.30 6/1
1 EARLY FOOT   29.20 10/1     JACK THE SCHOLAR      
  JOVIAL SWANK           KILEDEN GENERAL      
  TUTURAMA         2 CLONALVY ROMANCE (6th)   29.97 6/1

WELSH GREYHOUND DERBY (Cardiff White City)

Winner Sire Dam Time
Oregon Prince Knock Hill Chieftan Burleigh's Fancy 28.86

IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Harolds Cross)

Dog Sire Dam Time
Chieftan's Guest Knock Hill Chieftan Star Guest 29.45
Skips Choice Romola's Dante Phil Skip  

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