1963 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City Saturday 29th June 1963 .

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

dam

Price

Distance

Time

1

Lucky Boy Boy (1)

Superman

Grange Maiden I

Evens fav

6 3/4 yds

29.00

2

Greenane Wonder (2)

Hi There

Prairie Peg

4/1

1 yd

29.40

3

Barronstown King (6)

Jakfigaralt

Eileens Neighbour

25/1

12 yds

29.46

4

Hack It About (3)

Solar prince

Hackabout

4/1

2 1/2 yds

30.18

5

Misty King (5)

Duet Leader

Shiralee

8/1

1 1/4 yds

30.33

6

Bulgaden Glory (4)

Summer Man

Airways Biddy

20/1

 

30.41

 

 

 

 

Tanist

 

 

Coshel View

 

 

 

 

Fly Dancer

 

Superman

 

 

 

 

 

Baytown Elm

 

 

Happy Bella

 

 

 

 

Fishie Bella

LUCK BOY BOY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballyguiltenane Tom

 

 

Mellow Mystery

 

 

 

 

Magic Mystery

 

Grange Maiden

 

 

 

 

 

Ballybeg Surprise

 

 

Grange Outcast

 

 

 

 

Outcast Queen

Early Rounds

It was trainer John Bassett who had kennel strength in depth, especially with Dromin Glory who had done so well in the final the previous year. In round one he hit trouble and was eliminated leaving Bassett to hope for better from Misty King and Lucky Boy Boy. Indeed it was Lucky Boy Boy who was the more promising winning his heat by 6 3/4 lengths in a remarkable 28.88.  Misty King managed second place in his opening heat, although denied by 4 1/4 lengths in a slow 29.03. By round two Lucky Boy Boy emerged as a strong favourite with an impressive 9 length victory repeating his 28.88.  Another second round heat winner was the Jack Harvey trained Greenane Wonder, and Misty King kept more than one iron in the fire for Bassett by winning the sixth heat, albeit by a head and in only 29.23.

Semi-Finals

In the opening semi final a shock was in order when there was significant bunching at the first to enable the 20/1 outsider Bulgaden Glory to slip clear and hold on by 1 1/4 lengths in a slow 29.42. Another outsider at 20/1 Barronstown King claimed second a length in front of Misty King who had been badly baulked in the first bend melee. In the second semi final Lucky Boy Boy was made odds on to justify his place at the head of the market. Nevertheless, he still struggled to qualify by running wide to lead and then checking at the second. Hack it About took it up by the third bend and Greenane Wonder also started to make his move. In a fabulous tussle to the line there was a bunch finish with Greenane Wonder gaining the upperhand by a short head from Hack it About, winning in 29.27. It took a while for Lucky Boy Boy to claim the third qualifying spot a fast diminishing short head in front of Jamie Serra.

 

The Final

The surprising result in the first semi final meant that the final was seen as being contested by the dogs from the second semi. However, Misty King (8/1) and drawn in an outside 5 box, was not seen as a forlorn hope as a Bassett second string to the warm Evens favourite Lucky Boy Boy. As the traps opened it was the 2 dog Greenane Wonder who got out ahead of the inside boxed favourite. However, he made the mistake of moving off the rails and bumped both Misty King and Bulgaden Glory leaving a gaping gap for Lucky Boy Boy to race through. By the third bend he had raced into the lead and started to go clear from that point, striding to a 6 3/4 length victory in 29.00, especially as Bulgaden and Misty were involved in more trouble to enable Greenane Wonder to get back up to claim second spot by a length.

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Semi-Finals Saturday 22nd June 1963
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
5 Bulgaden Glory 1 3/4 yds 29.42 20/1   6 Greenane Wonder Sh Hd 29.27 4/1
1 Barronstown King 3/4 yd 29.54 20/1   3 Hack It About 1 1/4 yds 29.28 4/1
4 Misty King   29.58 11/2   2 Lucky Boy Boy Sh Hd 29.36 4/6 f
2           1 Jaime Serra 4 yds 29.36 10/1
6 Dalcassion Son 1 yd 29.65 2/1   4 Hi Longford   29.60 50/1
3 Music Guest   29.71 7/1   5        

 

Second Round Heats Thursday 20th June 1963
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
2 Lucky Boy Boy 9 yds 28.88 8/11 f   6 Greenane Wonder 1 yd 29.17 5/1
1 Barronstown King 2 1/4 yds 29.42 8/1   2 Crazy Platinum   29.23  
3 Hi Longford   29.56 40/1            
6 Pleasure Lead (6th)   29.78 20/1            
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
5 Dalcassion Son 3/4 yd 28.88 6/4 f   2 Misty King Hd 29.23 3/1
1 Hack It About 7 yds 28.92 9/4   4 Music Guest 2 1/4 yds 29.24 7/1
4 Jaime Serra 1/4 yd 29.34 8/1   6 Bulgaden Glory 1 yd 29.38 10/1
2 Adamstown Chieftain 1/4 yd 29.36 8/1   3 We'll See   29.44 7/4 f
3 Mr White Socks   29.38 7/1            
                     

 

First Round Heats Saturday 15th June 1963
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
2 Lucky Boy Boy 6 3/4 yds 28.88 6/4 f   2 Dalcassion Son 2 yds 28.88 6/4 f
4 Nedon 1 3/4 yds 29.28     6 Greenane Wonder 5 yds 29.00 5/2
1 Music Guest   29.39 9/2   5 Bulgaden Glory   29.30 7/1
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
1 Hey There Merry 1 3/4 yds 29.04     3 Crazy Platinum 4 1/4 yds 28.77  
3 Hack It About 3/4 yd 29.14 3/1   1 Misty King   29.03 3/1
2 Adamstown Chieftain   29.18 100/8            
4 Hebe's Choice   29.67 33/1            
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
2 Barronstown King 1 3/4 yds 29.26 7/1   1 Coup Leader Head 29.40  
4 Cloudbank   29.36     4 We'll See 1/4 yd 29.41 6/4 f
            2 Mr White Socks   29.43 7/1
            6 Cheese Cutter (6th)   29.52 25/1
                     
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
2 Pleasure Lead 1 3/4 yds 29.26 8/1   4 Lowertown Hero   28.98  
3 Tripaway 2 1/4 yds 29.36              
5 Hi Longford   29.50 25/1   2 Jaime Serra   29.43 6/1
                     

WELSH GREYHOUND DERBY (Cardiff White City)

Winner Sire Dam Time
Fairy's Chum Knock Hill Chieftan Fairy Julia 29.49

IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Harolds Cross)

Dog Sire Dam Time
Drumahiskey Venture Odd Venture Drumahiskey Girl 29.60
Powerstown Proper Hi There Faoide  

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