1984 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year

The 1984 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year was the 58th year of greyhound racing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[1]

1984 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year
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Roll of honourEdit

Major Winners
Award Name of Winner
1984 English Greyhound Derby Whisper Wishes [2][3]
1984 Irish Greyhound Derby Dipmac [4]
1984 Scottish Greyhound Derby Not Held [5]
Greyhound Trainer of the Year George Curtis
Greyhound of the Year Whisper Wishes
Irish Greyhound of the Year Morans Beef
Trainers Championship George Curtis

SummaryEdit

The year was dominated by the closure of greyhound racing's flagship stadium White City. It signified one of the lowest moments in the history of greyhound racing. The 1969 option granted to Stock Conversion and Investment Ltd for development finally became a reality. The final meeting was held on 22 September where Hastings Girl trained by Tommy Foster won the final race. The last White City Derby was won by Whisper Wishes before the event switched to Wimbledon, despite calls for it to go to Wembley. The company that introduced greyhound racing to Britain, (the Greyhound Racing Association) came under severe criticism.[6][7][8]

The National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) released the annual returns, with totalisator turnover slightly down at £59,382,835 and attendances also slightly down recorded at 3,942,344 from 5191 meetings. Track tote remained at 17.5% and government tote tax at 4%.[9]

Whisper Wishes, a black dog was voted Greyhound of the Year.[10] after winning the Derby at White City.[2] 1984 Greyhound of the Year Yankee Express trained by George Curtis won a third successive Scurry Gold Cup title.[11]

CompetitionsEdit

The White City events switched to new tracks, in addition to receiving the Derby, Wimbledon would host the Springbok and the English Greyhound Derby Invitation. The Grand National went to Hall Green but the Longcross Cup and Wood Lane Stakes was discontinued.[11] [6] [7] [8]

TracksEdit

Walthamstow would take over the mantle as the leading track, as shown by the final of the Grand Prix. A crowd of more than 5,000 watched Sunrise Sonny win the race. Over one million tote units were sold, the highest recorded figure since 1945.[12]

Overshadowed by the closure of White City was the closure of three other tracks, on the 14 April both Cambridge and Perry Barr closed and Leicester ran its final meeting on 15 August after 56 years operating at Blackbird Road. It was sold by their owners Midland Sports to Barratts homes for new housing which left just Coventry operating under the name of Midland Sports. Mick Wheble who held the position of Racing Manager at Leicester and Coventry moved to take over at Oxford where Jim Layton had left for Brighton. Coventry recruited a young Racing Manager in Sean Doyle, son of trainer Paddy Doyle but Sean's career would be cut short when he died from cancer.[11] [6] [7] [8]

Independent tracks Brean Sands and Blackburn both closed but Ashington in Northumberland re-opened.[11] Northern Sports opened their new state of the art 200 seated grandstand restaurant and leisure facilities including squash and snooker clubs at Dumpton Park, Ramsgate. Brough Park was sold to Bernard Neesham who stopped trainers from supplying greyhounds to neighbour Gosforth.[11] [6]

NewsEdit

White City trainers Tom Foster and David Kinchett joined Wimbledon and Ray Peacock went to Harringay Stadium. Frank Baldwin, Frank Melville, Graham Mann and Richard Griffin were left without a track.[11] [6]

A black greyhound called Scurlogue Champ, whelped in July 1982 arrived in England after initially being sold at the Shelbourne Park sales and then on to owner/trainer Ken Peckham for £1700. He had an odd running style in that he would often be outpaced early before finishing with remarkable strength. From September he broke four long-distance track records at Ipswich, Catford, Harringay and Hall Green.[13] Another greyhound called Ballyregan Bob won his first race on 25 October 1984.[14]

IrelandEdit

Ger McKenna won a twelfth Irish St Leger and a fifth Irish Laurels.[6]

Principal UK racesEdit

Totalisator returnsEdit

Extended content

The totalisator returns declared to the National Greyhound Racing Club for the year 1984 are listed below.[15]

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 182/183/184/185. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  3. ^ "1984". 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. ^ a b c d e f Genders, Roy (1990). NGRC book of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  7. ^ a b c Barnes, Julia (1991). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, Vol Two. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-61-9.
  8. ^ a b c Barnes/Sellers, Julia/John (1992). Ladbrokes Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-22-8.
  9. ^ NGRC calendar. National Greyhound Racing Club. January 1985.
  10. ^ "Whisper Wishes profile". Greyhound Data.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  12. ^ "Remember When - October 1984". Greyhound Star.
  13. ^ "Hall of Fame - Scurlogue Champ". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  14. ^ "Hall of Fame - Ballyregan Bob". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  15. ^ Totalisator returns of National Greyhound Racing Club Licensed tracks. National Greyhound Racing Club. 1984.