2004 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year

The 2004 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year was the 79th year of greyhound racing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

2004 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year
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SummaryEdit

Irish racing was experiencing promising growth with increased prize money for competitions including the richest ever prize for a marathon event when the Corn Cuchulainn offered €50,000 for the winner at Harold's Cross.[1]

The situation in Britain was not as simple after Richard Caborn, the Minister for Sport announced that it had been agreed that the bookmakers levy fund would increase to 0.5% in 2004, 0.55% in 2005 and 0.6% in 2006 and therefore doubling the sports income to £16 million within the three years.[2] However the statement was incorrect because a 0.1% increase after three years would mean only a one sixth increase (16.6%).[2] The promise turned out to be false because the levy fund actually decreased significantly over the next five years.[3]

Droopys Scholes won the 2004 English Greyhound Derby[4] and Like A Shot won the 2004 Irish Greyhound Derby.[5] Charlie Lister won the Greyhound Trainer of the Year and Derby finalist, Arc, East Anglian Derby and Oxfordshire Gold Cup winner Fire Height Dan won the Greyhound of the Year.[2]

TracksEdit

Coventry opened under new management after an 18-year absence.[2]

CompetitionsEdit

English Derby champion Farloe Verdict won the Scottish Greyhound Derby setting a new track record in the final. Brian Clemenson claimed his third successive Trainers Championship at Coventry. A brindle bitch called Roxholme Girl won the St Leger and the Gold Collar, the latter in a new track record time at the competition's new home of Belle Vue Stadium.[2]

NewsEdit

Trainer Tommy Foster retired from Wimbledon Stadium to concentrate on a small open race kennel and his son Jason joined Oxford Stadium.[2]

Roll of honourEdit

Major Winners
Award Name of Winner
2004 English Greyhound Derby Droopys Scholes
2004 Irish Greyhound Derby Like A Shot
Greyhound Trainer of the Year Charlie Lister
Greyhound of the Year Fire Height Dan
Irish Dog and Bitch of the Year Premier Fantasy / Legal Moment

Principal UK finalsEdit

Principal Irish finalsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Corn Cuchulainn Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hobbs, Jonathan (2004). Greyhound Annual 2005. Raceform. ISBN 1-904317-58-8.
  3. ^ "INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE GREYHOUND INDUSTRY IN GREAT BRITAIN" (PDF). Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-06-08. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  4. ^ "2004 English Derby final". Greyhound Data.
  5. ^ "Irish Derby Final". Greyhound Data.
  6. ^ "Easter Cup Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  7. ^ "Produce Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  8. ^ "600 Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  9. ^ "St Leger Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  10. ^ "Oaks Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  11. ^ "Champion Stakes Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  12. ^ "Puppy Derby Final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  13. ^ "Laurels Final". Irish Greyhound Board.