1969 GREYHOUND DERBY

This race was run at the White City on Saturday 28th June 1969

Pos.

Greyhound

Sire

dam

Price

Dist.

Time

1

Sand Star (4)

Bauhus

Direct Lead

5/4 fav

2 yds

28.78

2

Kilbelin Style (1)

Prairie Flash

Clomoney Grand

6/4

1 1/2 yds

28.90

3

Ploverfield Dan (2)

Shanes Legacy

Staedy Mary

100/8

1 yd

28.99

4

Petrovich (5)

Vals Parachute

Scintilla

20/1

5 yds

29.05

5

Hard Held (6)

Lisheegan Brigadier

That's An Idea

13/2

4 yds

29.35

6

Barrack Street (3)

Honey Pears

Barrack 

11/2

 

29.59

Sand Star was trained by Hamilton Orr in Ireland

Kilbelin Style was trained by Tommy Johnston jnr at Wembley

Ploverfield Dan was trained by John Shevlin at West Ham

Petrovich was trained by Jack Harvey at Wembley

Hard Held was trained by George Curtis at Hove

Barrack Street was trained by Dave Barker at Walthamstow

 

 

 

Champion Prince

 

 

Solar Prince

 

 

 

 

Lisabelle

 

Bauhus

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth of July

 

 

Lovely Sister

 

 

 

 

Shannon Sister

SAND STAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slaney Record

 

 

Hi There

 

 

 

 

Dublin Red

 

Direct Lead

 

 

 

 

 

Mad Tanist

 

 

Drumloch Sheevaun

 

 

 

 

Sheevaun

EARLY ROUNDS

The previous years ante post favourite, Yellow Printer, was once again made favourite to land the spoils but, once again was to prove costly to follow. It was down to an Irish dog, Sand Star,who was owned by Irishman Hamilton Orr (although kennelled in England at Barbara Tomkins) to set the pulses racing with some spectacular trials and then he won his first round heat in a sparkling 28.82. albeit after some crowding behind enabled him and Kilbelin Style to go clear. It was unfortunate for the competition that the 3 most fancied dogs were drawn together in round 2, and it was at this point that Yellow Printer met his fate. However, such a result seemed unlikely around the first bend with Kilbelin and Yellow a good 6 lengths clear of Sand Star. Such was the greyhounds pace and tracj craft that he began to rail and to eat into their lead. Down the home straight he finished fast, caught Kilbelin on the line and Yellow Printer was denied the third qualifying spot.

First Round Saturday 14th June 1969
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
5 Blackwater Five 28.92 4 3/4 yds 100/7   6 Ploverfield Dan 28.99 4 yds 6/1
4 Monalee Peter 29.20 2 1/4 yds 11/2   2 Petrovitch 29.23 2 yds 10/1
6 Hard Held 29.34 1 1/4 yds 7/4 f   3 Mister Rubble 29.35 1/2 yd 8/1
3 Cals Express 29.42 1 yd 7/1   4 Handsome Sun 29.38 2 1/2 yds 4/5 f
1 Plus Glory 29.48 Head 10/1   1 Durnava Castle 29.53 4 yds 6/1
2 Shady Begonia 29.50   9/4   5 Teenage Boy 29.77   20/1
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
4 Yellow Printer 28.88 1 3/4 yds 9/4   6 Pallas Joy 29.02 2 3/4 yds 9/4 f
1 Shady Bracelet 28.98 Sh Head 13/8 f   5 Barrack DStreet 29.18 1/2 yd 3/1
5 Duck Strangler 28.99 2 3/4 yds 100/7   3 Greenane Gem 29.21 4 yds 5/1
2 That Cailin 29.15 7 1/2 yds 8/1   1 Santa's First 29.45 3/4 yd 3/1
3 Whispering Bird 29.60 1 yd 100/8   4 Desert Kuda 29.49 6 yds 100/7
6 Ballybeg Flash 29.66   4/1   2 Gibby's Banana 29.85   7/1
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
5 Doubtful Venture 28.82 4 3/4 yds 13/2   5 Infatuated 28.84 2 yds 7/1
1 Tullyallen 29.10 1 3/4 yds 3/1   2 Cash For Dan 28.96 4 1/2 yds 5/2
4 Gag Blakney 29.20 1 1/4 yds 2/1 f   1 Ardcroney Chief 29.23 D Heat 6/1
6 Ardine Flame 29.28 2 yds 100/8   3 Mad Ville 29.23 3/4 yd 4/1
3 Joyful Music 29.40 3/4 yd 11/4   4 Ace of Trumps 29.27 2 1/2 yds 8/1
2 Quare Quail 29.44   100/6   6 Cals Pick 29.42   9/4 f
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
5 Valiant Ray 29.06 1 yd 6/1   3 Sand Star 28.82 4 yds 3/1
1 Cals Invader 29.12 1/2 yd 6/4 f   5 Kilbelin Style 29.06 2 1/2 yds 2/1
6 Booked Six 29.15 Neck 8/1   2 Computer Check 29.21 Dist 20/1
2 Pears There 29.17 2 1/4 yds 9/4   4 Craggs Flier DNF   6/4 f
3 Houghton Tango 29.31 1 yd 10/1   6 Westfield Ash DNF   33/1
4 Rayhill Prince 29.37   7/1   1 Dutch Navy DNF   10/1

 

Second Round Thursday 19th June 1969
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
6 Sand Star 28.86 Sh Head 7/4 f   6 Valiant Ray 28.78 5 yds 5/2
3 Kilbelin Style 28.87 Sh Head 4/1   4 Hard Held 29.08 3/4 yd 9/2
5 Pallas Joy 28.88 1 3/4 yds 8/1   2 Greenane Gem 29.12 3/4 yd 4/1
4 Yellow Printer 28.98 6 yds 9/4   1 Booked Six 29.16 4 1/2 yds 9/1
2 Infatuated 29.34 Neck 9/1   5 Computer Check 29.43 3/4 yd 100/7
1 Ardcroney Chief 29.36   20/1   3 Gag Blakney 29.47   2/1 f
                     
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
2 Shady Bracelet 28.70 2 3/4 yds 2/1   5 Barrack Street 28.93 2 yds 9/2
1 Tullyallen 28.86 3 yds 6/1   1 Ploverfield Dan 29.05 3 1/2 yds 100/30
5 Blackwater Five 29.04 1 1/2 yds 13/2   2 Petrovitch 29.26 1 1/4 yds 6/1
4 Monalee Peter 29.13 3/4 yd 10/1   6 Cash For Dan 29.34 1 yd 7/4 f
6 Doubtful Venture 29.17   6/4 f   4 Cals Invader 29.40 7 yds 6/1
            3 Mister Rubble 29.82   8/1

SEMI-FINALS

In the first semi-final there was a tremendous pile up and it was the trap 1 dog Ploverfield Dan, at 11/2, who was to benefit most. He led around the first bend, surprisingly drifted wide and continued to lead until the home straight. It was left to Hard Held (trap 2) and Blackwater Five to chase him up until the six dog Petrovitch joined the action around the final 2 bends. In an exciting final sprint for the line Hard Held got up by a short head, in 29.26, from Petrovitch with Ploverfield Dan a neck back in third.

In the second semi-final Kilbelin Style was once again pitched against Sand Star. Sand Star was made the 5/4 favourite but it was Kilbelin who set the early pace and continued to lead until close to the line. The unbeaten Sand Star ran on strongly to win by a short head in 28.83 with Barrack Street, from the 4 box, claiming the third qualifying spot a length and a quarter back.

SEMI-FINALS Saturday 21st June 1969
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
2 Hard Held 29.26 Sh Head 7/2   5 Sand Star 28.83 Sh Head 5/4 f
6 Petrovitch 29.27 Head 10/1   2 Kilbelin Style 28.84 1 1/2 yds 9/2
1 Ploverfield Dan 29.29 4 yds 11/2   4 Barrack Street 28.93 1 1/4 yds 100/6
3 Blackwater Five 29.53 3/4 yd 9/1   6 Valiant Ray 29.01 1 3/4 yds 4/1
5 Pallas Joy 29.57 3 yds 7/4 f   1 Greenane Gem 29.11 1/2 yd 100/7
4 Tullyallen 29.75   7/2   3 Shady Bracelet 29.14   4/1

THE FINAL

Henry May provides his memories of the final, particularly poignant because it was the year he got married and he was delighted to take his wife to see the dog that he had managed to back ante post at longer odds than most. He claims that Sand Star was the most intelligent dog he ever saw race, knowing when to slow up and when to gain speed. Throughout his unbeaten run in the competition Henry cannot remember the dog once touching another greyhound, although Sand Star did find it difficult to win anywhere else other than the White City. His usual style of running was to come through the field, always seeming to make the right decision. However, on finals night, and much to the worry of his owner, he was drawn in the 4 box.Worries were somewhat waylaid when Sand Star broke 2 lengths clear and that's where he stayed, not allowing any other dog to challenge him.The final winning distance was 2 lengths from Kilbelin Style in a time of 28.76 and it was left to Ploverfield Dan to claim the third place a length and a half back.

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WELSH GREYHOUND DERBY (Cardiff White City)

Winner Sire Dam Time
Pallas Joy Movealong Santa Happy Now 29.43

IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY (Shelbourne Park)

Dog Sire Dam Time
Own Pride Always Proud Kitty True 29.20
Monalee Gambler Prairie Flash Sheila At Last  

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