1968 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City on Saturday 22nd June 1968

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

dam

Price

Dist.

Time

1

Camira Flash (4)

Prairie Flash

Duet Fire

100/8

1 yd

28.89

2

Witches Smoke (2)

Wonder Valley

Witches Hand

100/7

Neck

28.95

3

El Campo (6)

Swift Wonder

Miss Bentley

13/2

3 yds

28.98

4

Shady Parachute (5)

Crazy Parachute

Shady Contempara

4/6 fav

3 yds 29.16

5

Shady Begonia (1)

Pigalle Wonder

Castle Swan

6/1

Sh Head

29.34

6

Winning Hope (3)

Solar Prince

Millie Hawthorn

7/2

 

29.35

Camira Flash was trained by Randy Singleton at the White City, London

Witches Smoke was trained by Phil Rees snr at Wimbledon

El Campo was trained privately by Jim Irving

Shady Parachute was trained by Phil Rees snr at Wimbledon

Shady Begonia was trained by Norman Oliver at Brough Park

Winning Hope was trained by Paddy Keane at Clapton

EARLY ROUNDS

Early discussion of potential winners centred on the Duke of Edinburgh owned Camira Flash and the John Bassett trained Yellow Printer. Prince Philip had accepted the predominantly white dog, Camira Flash, on behalf of the 'Water Rats Club of Great Britain' in the knowledge that any winnings would be donated to his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. The dog was trained by Randy Singleton from the GRA Hook kennels at Northaw, near Potters Bar. The competition nearly got off to a sensational start when Yellow Printer was beaten in the first round and only just survived by taking the final qualifying place. No such worries for supporters of Camira Flash, who finished strongly to beat Not Flashing after his customary tardy start, or for another well fancied runner El Campo who also won his first round heat. By the time the second round was under way the previously lucky Yellow Printer found that his luck had run out and he was eliminated after failing to finish.

First Round Saturday 8th June 1968
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
6 Swift Half 28.89 4 yds 7/2   3 El Campo 28.76 4 1/4 yds 10/1
1 Dicks Dilemma 29.13 Neck 10/1   2 Winning Hope 29.02 2 yds 9/4 f
5 Witches Smoke 29.16 Neck 2/1 f   6 Super Kid 29.14 2 yds 13/2
2 Outcast Mad 29.19 2 3/4 yds 5/2   1 Lissadell Hi 29.26 2 3/4 yds 5/2
4 Iveragh Heather 29.35 4 1/4 yds 8/1   5 Hi Moments 29.42 1 3/4 yds 5/2
3 Public Reply 29.61   100/6   4 Town Tamer 29.52   25/1
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
4 Camira Flash 28.86 1/2 yd 6/4 f   2 Witchen 28.97 2 1/2 yds 100/8
1 Not Flashing 28.89 2 1/2 yds 20/1   6 Ballyneale Kim 29.12 3 1/4 yds 13/8 f
5 Limits Crackers 29.04 Sh Head 6/1   5 Lambeth Walk 29.32 Neck 9/1
6 Red Marine 29.05 2 yds 3/1   1 Iwasthinking 29.34 5 3/4 yds 6/1
2 Whiteleas Gift 29.17 2 3/4 yds 7/2   4 Breachs Bill 29.68 1 1/2 yds 11/2
3 Blondie Con 29.33   20/1   3 Growing Wild 29.77   5/2
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
3 K P Wonder 29.04 4 yds 7/2   2 Hi Ho Silver 29.14 2 3/4 yds 4/1
5 Shady Begonia 29.28 Head 3/1 jf   3 Breachs Ban 29.30 1 1/4 yds 4/1
4 Park Chieftain 29.30 4 yds 8/1   5 Castle Fame 29.32 Neck 7/1
2 Flying Bauhus 29.54 1/2 yd 7/1   6 Kildangan Bob 29.34 3/4 yd 5/1
1 Rapid Exit 29.57 Head 3/1 jf   4 Ardralla Wonder 29.38 1/2 yd 5/1
6 Some Cheatha 29.59   11/2   1 Beaverwood Wind 29.41   9/4 f
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
3 Sunset Joe 28.90 1 1/2 yds 20/1   2 Shady Parachute 28.90 1 1/4 yds Evens f
6 As You Wish 28.99 Sh Head 9/2   3 Much Venture 28.98 1/2 yd 100/8
2 Yellow Printer 29.00 4 1/2 yds 2/5 f   5 Bill The Black 29.01 1 yd 7/1
1 Greenane Robin 29.27 3 1/4 yds 33/1   4 Filipino 29.07 3 yds 8/1
4 Dashing Mink 29.47 6 yds 100/7   6 Shanes Rocket 29.25 1 1/4 yds 3/1
5 Any Storm 29.83   100/6   1 Noble Name 29.33   5/1

 

Second Round Thursday 13th June 1968
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
1 Winning Hope 28.56 4 yds 11/10 f   2 Super Kid 28.89 1 1/2 yds 25/1
2 Witche's Smoke 28.80 2 1/4 yds 9/2   4 El Campo 28.98 2 yds 13/2
6 Castle Fame 28.94 3 1/4 yds 100/6   6 Camira Flash 29.10 3 yds 11/4
5 Park Chieftain 29.14 1 yd 25/1   1 K P Wonder 29.28 Head 100/7
4 Bill The Black 29.20 1 yd 11/2   5 Breachs Ben 29.30 DNF 25/1
3 Swift Half 29.26   4/1   3 Yellow Printer DNF   4/5 f
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
6 Sunset Joe 28.82 5 1/4 yds 6/1   4 Shady Parachute 28.90 1 yd 11/10 f
1 Lambeth Walk 29.14 2 1/4 yds 8/1   1 Not Flashing 28.96 D Heat 4/1
4 Dick's Dilemma 29.28 1/2 yd 100/7   2 Shady Begonia 28.96 1 1/2 yds 6/1
5 Limits Crackers 29.31 2 yds 6/1   6 Much Venture 29.05 Sh Head 8/1
3 Hi Ho Silver 29.43 3 yds 7/2   5 Witchen 29.06 3 1/4 yds 10/1
2 As You Wish 29.61   Evens f   3 Ballyneale Kim 29.26   6/1

SEMI FINALS

Controversy was the order of the day after the semi final exit of Camira Flash. John Donald, a lifelong greyhound racing enthusiast who lived on the White City Estate at the time and felt as if the White City was his second home, rightly questions whether Camira Flash should have been allowed back into the Derby after his fourth place elimination, and whether it had anything to do with his association with Prince Philip. In the second semi final Camira Flash started slowly, along with Withche's Smoke and El Campo. However, the early leader Not Flashing caused crowding at the third bend and, in the opinion of the judges, had fought and caused sufficient mayhem to enable Withche's Smoke to power home on the outside by 2 lengths from El Campo,the 2/1 favourite and trap 6 runner, with Not Flashing in third. Immediately the buzz around the stands was that Not Flashing should be disqualified, but even when this decision had been made there was then a second decision as to whether it should become a 5 dog final or Camira Flash (9/4) be promoted into the final. In a less eventful first semi final the 11/10 unbeaten Shady Parachute was fast away to lead throughout and win by 5 lengths in an impressive 28.62.

SEMI-FINALS Saturday 15th June 1968
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
4 Witche's Smoke 29.12 2 yds 8/1   6 Shady Parachute 28.62 5 yds 11/10 f
6 El Campo 29.24 Neck 2/1 f   4 Winning Hope 28.92 3/4 yd 5/2
3 Not Flashing 29.26 Sh Head 7/1   3 Shady Begonia 28.96 Sh Head 5/1
2 Camira Flash 29.27 1 1/2 yds 9/4   2 Castle Fame 28.97 1 1/2 yds 100/6
1 Sunset Joe 29.36 1 1/2 yds 4/1   5 Super Kid 29.06 2 1/2 yds 100/6
5 Lambeth Walk 29.45   20/1   1 Dick's Dilemma 29.21   20/1

Not Flashing was disqualified for fighting and placed last. Controversially, Camira Flash was allowed to take his place in the final.

THE FINAL

It was not surprising that the unbeaten Shady Parachute, from the 5 box, was made the 4/6 favourite. Winning Hope, previously trounced by Shady in the semi final, was second favourite at 7/2, while the ideally drawn inside runner Shady Begonia went off as third choice at 6/1. What was amazing was that the poorly drawn trap 4 runner, Camira Flash left behind his slow starts of previous rounds and led at the first bend from the well drawn El Campo on the outside. El Campo challenged throughout and was particularly threatening around the final two bends, but Camira was not to be denied and ran on strongly to win by just over a length in 28.89. It was left to Witche's Smoke to claim second spot just a neck in front of El Campo, while the disappointing Shady Parachute could do no better than fourth, a further 3 lengths away.

As a footnote to his victory, Camira Flash earned in excess of 8000 in prize money during his career, and made at least the same amount again in stud fees.

 

 

 

Slaney Record

 

 

Hi There

 

 

 

 

Dublin Red

 

Prairie Flash

 

 

 

 

 

The Grand Champion

 

 

Prairie Peg

 

 

 

 

Prairie Vixen

CAMIRA FLASH

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Prince

 

 

Duet Leader

 

 

 

 

Derryluskin Lady

 

Duet Fire

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Moving

 

 

Quare Fire Again

 

 

 

 

Quare Fire

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WELSH GREYHOUND DERBY (Cardiff White City)

Winner Sire Dam Time
Swift Half Hack Up Chieftan Imperial Astra 29.58

IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Shelbourne Park)

Dog Sire Dam Time
Yellow Printer Printer's Prince Yellow Streak 29.11
Russian Gun Pigalle Wonder Shandaroba  

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