2021 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year

The 2021 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year is the 96th year of greyhound racing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[1][2][3][4]

2021 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year
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Roll of honourEdit

Major Winners
Award Name of Winner
2021 English Greyhound Derby Thorn Falcon
2021 Irish Greyhound Derby Susie Sapphire
Greyhound Trainer of the Year
UK Greyhound of the Year
Irish Greyhound of the Year

SummaryEdit

The main news was the announcement of a five year deal between Entain and ARC for a new joint venture of live broadcast rights from 1 January 2024 until to 31 December 2029. The deal was described in some news articles as revamping and revitalising greyhound racing's wider betting appeal but in truth the deal although inevitable (a bookmaker owned industry had been predicted 20 years previously) was potentially a disaster for a third of the industry. The deal in detail meant that the Entain/Ladbrokes Coral owned tracks (Crayford, Hove, Monmore and Romford) and the ARC tracks (Newcastle, Nottingham, Perry Barr and Sunderland) would form eight of the tracks with broadcast rights and they would likely be joined by two to four more tracks. This would mean that a further six to eight tracks would be financially unstable with no broadcast rights and would face an uncertain future.[6][7][8] Shortly after the announcement Central Park Stadium was acquired by ARC, leaving Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Kinsley, Sheffield, Pelaw Grange, Shawfield, Swindon, Towcester and Yarmouth battling for rights before 2024.[9]

The major disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continued with racing remaining behind closed doors until the return of crowds was allowed on 17 May. The Derby returned to Towcester Greyhound Stadium following two years at Nottingham.[10]

Thorn Falcon won the 2021 English Greyhound Derby for Belgian born Patrick Janssens thwarting an Irish attempt at a third consecutive success.[11]

NewsEdit

Just one week after being named the 2020 Greyhound of the Year Aayamza Royale broke the 900 metres track record at Monmore, recording 55.95 seconds.[12] In May 2021 Kevin Hutton returned to train out of Towcester following its reopening[13] and later in September 2021, won his fourth trainers championship (the first as the rebranded Judgement Night).[14]

Towcester and Henlow owner Kevin Boothby announced his intention to re-open Oxford Stadium and Mildenhall Stadium, with renovation work beginning on the tracks in July.

The Oaks was switched from Swindon to Perry Barr due to the ongoing saga surrounding Swindon's redevelopment.[15]

IrelandEdit

The Champion Stakes was positioned in the racing calendar just before the Irish Derby and would give a great indication as to the form heading into the event. De Machine won the final, which contained six serious contenders for the Derby.

CompetitionsEdit

Havana Class won the first Laurels to be staged at Perry Barr in April and shortly afterwards trainer Ricky Holloway won his fourth Grand National, this time with Meenagh Maverick. In May, Aayamza Royal became the fourth greyhound to win the TV Trophy twice, also setting a record of fours wins for trainer Mark Wallis in the process. Royal broke the track record to complete a memorable feat.[16] In July, Aayamza Royale continued her stunning form by winning the £10,000 Regency.

Principal UK finalsEdit

Principal Irish finalsEdit

UK Category 1 & 2 competitionsEdit

Competition Date Venue Winning Greyhound Winning Trainer Time SP Notes
Coral Essex Vase 22 Jan Romford Antigua Romeo Mark Wallis (Henlow) 34.66 8-1 [21]
TRC Health & Hygiene Blue Riband 6 Feb Towcester Kilara Lion Patrick Janssens (Central Park) 29.73 11-8f [22]
Ladbrokes Puppy Derby 27 Feb Monmore Jaguar Macie Graham Rankin (Pelaw Grange) 28.04 9-2 [23]
Ladbrokes Winter Derby 27 Feb Monmore Signet Ace Kevin Hutton (Monmore) 28.08 6-1 [24]
Coral Golden Sprint 19 Mar Romford Bockos Jon Jo Patrick Janssens (Towcester) 23.77 10-11f [25]
BGBF British Breeders Stakes 22 Mar Nottingham King Louis Liz McNair (Private) 29.63 9-2 [26]
Northern Puppy Derby 31 Mar Newcastle Jaguar Macie Graham Rankin (Pelaw Grange) 28.52 13-8f [27]
Cearnsport Springbok 4 Apr Central Park Droopys Rex David Mullins (Romford) 29.94 7-2 [28]
TRC Health & Hygiene Northamptonshire Sprint 13 Apr Towcester Bockos Jon Jo Patrick Janssens (Towcester) 16.10 1-2f [29]
Arena Racing Company Grand Prix 20 Apr Sunderland Coolavanny Bani Angela Harrison (Newcastle) 39.21 7-2 [30]
RPGTV Juvenile 20 Apr Towcester Ballymac Trend Kevin Boon (Towcester) 29.62 7-1 [31]
KAB Maiden Derby 18 May Towcester Thorn Falcon Patrick Janssens (Towcester) 29.24 10-11f [32]
Arena Racing Company Northern Flat 19 May Newcastle Pacemaker Ted Tom Heilbron (Newcastle) 28.37 9-4f [33]
George Ing St Leger 29 May Yarmouth Blue Tick George Jim Daly (Crayford) 40.31 11-10jf [34]
Ladbrokes Kent St Leger 26 Jun Crayford Bo Shine Bullet Mark Wallis (Henlow) 45.55 1-1f [35]
Ladbrokes Guys and Dolls 26 Jun Crayford Punk Rock Doll Stuart Maplesden (Hove) 23.00 4–1 [35]
Ladbrokes Kent Vase 26 Jun Crayford Ballynabee Jet Samantha West (Hove) 34.03 100–30 [35]
Stadium Bookmakers Juvenile Classic 20 Jul Towcester Brookside Richie David Mullins (Romford) 29.48 11–10f
Coral Regency 31 Jul Hove Aayamza Royale Mark Wallis (Henlow) 41.56 11–4 [36]
Coral Sussex Cup 31 Jul Hove Drumcrow Brent Mark Wallis (Henlow) 29.89 5–1 [36]
Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic 21 Aug Monmore Coolavanny Bani Angela Harrison (Newcastle) 37.87 4–1 [37]
Ladbrokes Gold Cup 21 Aug Monmore Minglers Popeye Stuart Tighe (Newcastle) 28.45 11–2 [37]
Stadium Bookmakers Marathon Trophy 22 Aug Towcester Savana Volcano Diane Henry (Towcester) 58.27 2–1 [38]
ARC Puppy Classic 30 Aug Nottingham Bubbly Apache Paul Young (Romford) 29.53 2–1 [39]
Gain Nutrition 3 Steps to Victory 7 Sep Sheffield Savana Eruption Diane Henry (Towcester) 39.14 15–8f [40]
75th Produce Stakes 19 Sep Swindon Pocket Lola Seamus Cahill (Brighton) 28.15 5–6f [41]
Coral Romford Puppy Cup 24 Sep Romford
Stadium Bookmakers Empress Stakes 26 Sep Towcester
M Lambe Construction Birmingham Cup 30 Sep Perry Barr
Property 192 Graders Derby 10 Oct Towcester
Scurry Gold Cup 28 Oct Perry Barr
BGBF Puppy Cup 17 Oct Towcester
Kent Derby 17 Oct Central Park
Coral Champion Stakes 22 Oct Romford
1st Containers Marathon Trophy 24 Oct Towcester
RPGTV Steel City Cup 30 Oct Sheffield
Ladbrokes Gold Collar 2 Nov Crayford
Coral Brighton Belle 7 Nov Hove
Stadium Bookmakers Hunt Cup 14 Nov Towcester
Eclipse 18 Nov Nottingham
BGBF British Bred Derby 21 Dec Sheffield
The Puppy Derby 18 Dec Towcester
National Sprint 23 Dec Nottingham
Coral Olympic 28 Dec Hove
Coronation Cup tba Romford
Crayford Rosebowl tba Crayford
Kent Silver Salver tba Central Park
Champion Hurdle tba Central Park
Classic tba Sunderland
Select Stakes tba Nottingham
Cesarewitch tba Romford
Yorkshire St Leger tba Doncaster
All England Cup tba Newcastle
Trafalgar Cup tba Monmore
Scottish Derby cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Irish feature competitionsEdit

Competition Date Venue Winning Greyhound Winning Trainer Time SP Notes
Shelbourne 600 2 Jan Shelbourne Ballymac Kingdom Liam Dowling 32.30 No SP NO SP due to COVID-19 [42]
Best Car Parks Gold Cup 6 Feb Shelbourne Inforapenny Kieran Lynch 28.97 5-1 [43]
Greyhound & Petworld Juvenile Classic 12 Mar Tralee Singalong Sally Pat Buckley 28.58 No SP No SP due to COVID-19[44]
Ballymac Anton at Stud McCalmont Cup 26 Mar Kilkenny Dark Devil Martin (Murt) Leahy 28.86 No SP No SP due to COVID-19[45]
Waterford Select Stakes 20 Apr Waterford Skywalker Barry Mark O'Donovan 28.14 No SP No SP due to COVID-19[46]
SIS Irish Cesarewitch 16 May Mullingar Amazing Alice Patrick Guilfoyle 33.20 9-4 [47]
SIS Race of Champions 19 Jun Tralee Explosive Boy Patrick Guilfoyle 29.36 No SP NO SP due to COVID-19[48]
Corn Cuchulainn 17 Jul Shelbourne Priceless Jet Paul Hennessy 41.39 9-4f [49]
Champion 550 17 Jul Shelbourne Deadly Destroyer Karol Ramsbottom 29.36 4-1 [49]
Centenary Agri Tipperary Cup 7 Aug Thurles Freedom Epic Kathleen Pomfret 29.02 No SP NO SP due to COVID-19[50]
Irish Grand National 4 Dec Cork
Kingdom Derby 21 Dec Tralee

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