1950 Irish Greyhound Derby

The 1950 Irish Greyhound Derby took place during July and August with the final being held at Shelbourne Park in Dublin on 12 August 1950.[1]

1950 Irish Greyhound Derby
VenueShelbourne Park
End date12 August
Total prize money£1,000 (winner)
← 1949
1951 →

The winner Crossmolina Rambler won £1,000 and was trained by Anthony Meenaghan and owned by Frank Fox and bred by Tadgh Drummond.[2]

Final resultEdit

At Shelbourne, 12 August (over 525 yards):

Position Name of Greyhound Breeding Trap SP Time Trainer
1st Crossmolina Rambler Tanners Trail - Reney's Delight 1 7-4f 29.70 Anthony Meenaghan
2nd Deeps Dasher Model Dasher - Mythical Rose 3 5-1 29.82 A Lockington
3rd Shady Tree Mad Tanist - Farloe Music 6 9-2 29.85 Paddy Barry
4th Clogher McGrath Tanist - Clogher Cross 4 5-1 Sean Cassidy
5th Bronze Badge Regal Major - Black Badge 5 4-1 Paddy O’Brien
6th Cryhelp Billie unknown 2 100-8 Andy Metcalfe


1½, neck (lengths)

Competition ReportEdit

Trainer Bob Burls provided the English challenge with the 1950 Scottish Greyhound Derby champion Behattans Choice and another greyhound called Westend Dasher but faced a tough challenge from leading Irish runners including Sandown Champion and Imperial Dancer the latter trained by Tom Lynch. Imperial Dancer broke the five year old track record in the first round recording a sensational 29.55 sec and Behattans Choice impressed when winning a later heat win.[3] The second round provided many shocks with the elimination of Behattans Choice, Westend Dasher and Imperial Dancer; Sandown Champion was withdrawn lame leaving the competition wide open. During the semi-finals Crossmolina Rambler defeated Deeps Dasher and Shady Tree in a time of 29.86 whilst Clogher McGrath beat Bronze Badge and Cryhelp Billie in 29.72.[4]

Mayo dog Crossmolina Rambler was cheered on by a huge attendance that included hundreds of supporters from the Mayo football side. Crossmolina Rambler had been just behind Deeps Dasher going into the first bend before overtaking the leader and running strongly to win by one and a half lengths. Deeps Dasher held off Shady Tree for second place.[4] Coincidentally the following night Mayo won the All Ireland semi-final and then went on to lift the 1950 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final itself.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Genders, Roy (1990). NGRC book of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. p. 261. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  2. ^ Comyn, John. 50 Years of Greyhound Racing in Ireland. Aherlow Publishers Ltd.
  3. ^ Fortune, Michael. Irish Greyhound Derby 1932–1981. Victory Irish Promotions Ltd.
  4. ^ a b Fortune, Michael. The 75 Years History of the Irish Greyhound Derby. Irish Greyhound Review. ISSN 0332-3536.