Ballynennan Moon was a famous racing greyhound during World War II. He is regarded as being the one of the greatest racing greyhounds and was denied the opportunity to win the English Greyhound Derby because of the postponement of the event during the war years.
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Wembley Summer Cup
Wembley Summer Cup
Wimbledon Spring Cup
Charlton Spring Cup
Joe Harmon Memorial Cup
1939 & 1940Edit
He was born just before the start of the war in April 1939 and was owned and trained by leading Irish trainer Billy Quinn. His first significant win in Ireland was the North Kilkenny Stakes and his first twenty races resulted in eight wins.
His last race in Ireland was at Shelbourne Park where he broke the 29 second barrier. Leading owner Mrs Jessie Cearns (the wife of the Managing Director of Wimbledon, W.J. Cearns) purchased him and put him with trainer Sidney Orton.  
1942 & 1943Edit
Reappearing in January 1942 he claimed the Walthamstow Stakes and Wimbledon Spring Cup. The ease in which he won his races endured him to the British wartime public and he became a welcome distraction from the war. His following 48 races resulted in a remarkable 40 wins and 7 runner-up spots. Ballynennan Moon was fourteen unbeaten and heading towards Mick the Miller’s world record of 19 when he was beaten by Laughing Lackey by a neck. He was to take part in 80 consecutive weeks of racing winning numerous competitions.  
He won another ten races in a row before being beaten by Laughing Lackey (the only greyhound that seemed capable of getting close to him. He retired to stud in 1944 after pulling up lame in the Stewards Cup.  
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- "Hall of Fame". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.