1961 Irish Greyhound Derby

The 1961 Irish Greyhound Derby took place during July and August with the final being held at Harold's Cross Stadium in Dublin on 11 August 1961.[1]

1961 Irish Greyhound Derby
VenueHarold's Cross Stadium
End date11 August
Total prize money£1,250 (winner)
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The winner Chieftain's Guest won £1,250 and was trained and bred by Leslie McNair, and jointly owned by McNair and Eric McCullough.[2]

Final resultEdit

At Harold's Cross, 11 August (over 525 yards):

Position Name of Greyhound Breeding Trap SP Time Trainer
1st Chieftain's Guest Knock Hill Chieftain - Star Guest 1 5-2 29.45 Leslie McNair
2nd Skips Choice Romola's Dante - Phil Skip 6 5-1 29.49 Gay McKenna
3rd The Grand Canal Champion Prince - The Grand Duchess 4 4-1 29.57 Paddy Dunphy
4th Wild Maid Champion Prince - Much Loved 3 6-4f
5th Ballycashen Rory unknown 2 20-1
6th Evening Iris unknown 5 100-7


½, 1 (lengths)

Competition ReportEdit

Long Story and Sandown Dick were major eliminations during the first round and Clonmel record holder Odd Venture broke a hock whilst leading. First round winners included The Grand Canal, Ireland's leading bitch Wild Maid, Evening Irish and Ballycashen Rory.[3]

In the second round The Grand Canal won again with Spark of Delight and Wild Maid also impressing. The first semi-final went to Wild Maid in 29.32 and The Grand Canal who remained unbeaten after recording 29.36 in the second semi-final. The final semi was won by Skips Choice in a slower time of 29.84.[4]

The final saw three greyhounds prominent early, Skips Choice had etched out a lead but the strong finishing Chieftains Guest caught him and won by half a length to land a hefty gamble with The Grand Canal also running on strongly a further length behind. Chieftains Guest who had failed to win a race leading up to the final was to finish lame on his wrist.[4]

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.