1982 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year

The 1982 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year was the 56th year of greyhound racing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[1]

1982 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year
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Roll of honourEdit

Major Winners
Award Name of Winner
1982 English Greyhound Derby Lauries Panther [2][3]
1982 Irish Greyhound Derby Cooladine Super [4]
1982 Scottish Greyhound Derby Special Account [5]
Greyhound Trainer of the Year Adam Jackson
Greyhound of the Year Lauries Panther
Irish Greyhound of the Year Supreme Tiger
Trainers Championship Adam Jackson

SummaryEdit

The National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) released the annual returns, with totalisator turnover down 15%, at £63,233,040 and attendances down 10%, recorded at 4,311,554 from 5432 meetings. Attendances had decreased significantly for the third successive year to a new record low. Track tote retention increased slightly from 17% to 17.5%.[6] One attempt to increase attendances was a 15% increase in advertised open races.

Lauries Panther, a black and white dog was voted Greyhound of the Year.[7] He won the 1982 English Greyhound Derby at White City and the Laurels at Wimbledon Stadium.[2][8]

TracksEdit

White City Stadium in Manchester closed, the track had been sold to developers by the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA) the previous year. The Cock o' the North and Manchester Cup both switched to Belle Vue Stadium. Ladbrokes closed Leeds on 15 March, they had also sold to developers the previous year, trainer Peter Beaumont joined Belle Vue.[9]

NewsEdit

Bob Rowe relinquished his position as White City Racing Manager to take up the role of Chief Racing Manager of the GRA, the previous year Hugh Richardson had vacated that job after retiring. John Collins was brought in to replace Bob Rowe at White City. Jim Woods formerly Charlie Boulton's assistant at Harringay Stadium took up the position of Racing Manager at Perry Barr.[9]

Trainers Joe Pickering and Colin West retired leaving White City two trainers short, they appointed Graham Mann (son of Sid Mann) and Frank Melville from Harringay as replacements. Powderhall Stadium replaced Mann with their first ever female trainer Jane Glass.[9]

Five rival totalisator companies featured at the W.G.R.F exhibition, they were - Data Tote systems, United totalisator company, Stadia systems, Control systems Ltd (Bell Punch) and Amtote from the United States. World of Sport transmitted live races at the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket meeting at Harringay.[9]

CompetitionsEdit

Irish Grand National champion Face The Mutt, now with Norah McEllistrim won the Grand National to complete a double.[10][11][8]

Lauries Panther won the Laurels before being retired to stud. A brindle dog called Yankee Express won the Scurry Gold Cup at Slough Stadium for trainer George Curtis and Special Account won the Scottish Greyhound Derby for the Savvas, breaking the track record twice in the process during the semis and final. Huberts Shade trained by Adam Jackson at Wembley sealed a classic double by winning the St Leger at his home track and the Grand Prix at Walthamstow Stadium.[10][11][8]

Mount Vernon Sports Stadium near Glasgow offered a first prize of £6,000 for the Ashfield Derby, the same prize as the official Scottish Derby.[8]

IrelandEdit

After winning the Alpha Abrasive Puppy Stakes in Ireland a white and black greyhound called Game Ball was sold to English owners Brian Smith and Jerry Fisher for the large sum of £8,000.[9]

Principal UK racesEdit

Totalisator returnsEdit

Extended content

The totalisator returns declared to the National Greyhound Racing Club for the year 1982 are listed below.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook. Ringpress Books. ISBN 186054-010-4.
  2. ^ a b Dack, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years, pages 175/176/177/178. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  3. ^ "1983". Greyhound Data.
  4. ^ Fortune, Michael. The 75 Years History of the Irish Greyhound Derby 1932-2006. Irish Greyhound Review. ISSN 0332-3536.
  5. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008, pages 153-154. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  6. ^ NGRC calendar. National Greyhound Racing Club. January 1982.
  7. ^ "Lauries Panther profile". Greyhound Data.
  8. ^ a b c d Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  9. ^ a b c d e Genders, Roy (1990). NGRC book of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  10. ^ a b Barnes, Julia (1991). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, Vol Two. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-61-9.
  11. ^ a b Barnes/Sellers, Julia/John (1992). Ladbrokes Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-22-8.
  12. ^ "Greyhound Star (Remember When - April)". Greyhound Star.
  13. ^ Totalisator returns of National Greyhound Racing Club Licensed tracks. National Greyhound Racing Club. 1982.