Ballynennan Moon

Ballynennan Moon was a famous racing greyhound during World War II.[1] 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.[2]

Ballynennan Moon
1940 Ballynennan Moon.jpg
Ballynennan Moon C.1940
SireMr Moon
DamBanriogan Dann
WhelpedApril 1939
OwnerJessie Florence Cearns (née Crittenden)
TrainerSidney Orton
Major wins
Berkeley Cup
Wembley Summer Cup
Walthamstow Stakes
Stewards Cup
Wembley Summer Cup
Wimbledon Spring Cup
Charlton Spring Cup
Metropolitan Cup
Joe Harmon Memorial Cup

Racing careerEdit

1939 & 1940Edit

He was born just before the start of the war in April 1939[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[1] [4] [5]


His first two races in 1941 ended in a major success when he won the Wembley Summer Cup. He won five more races before suffering from illness and being laid off until 1942.[1] [4] [5]

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.[1] [4] [5]


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.[1] [4] [5]


He was the first greyhound at stud to command a 100 guineas mating fee.[6] He won 65 races out of 91 and won 38 trophies winning over £4,000 in prize money.[7]


Mutton Cutlet
Miss Cinderella
Mr Moon
Beaded Dick
Miss Moonlight
Ballynennan Moon
Melksham Tom
Other Days
Na Boc E
Banriogan Dann
Lax Law


  1. ^ a b c d e Genders, Roy (1975). The Greyhound and Racing Greyhound. Page Brothers (Norwich). ISBN 0-85020-0474.
  2. ^ Tarter, P Howard (1949). Greyhound Racing Encyclopedia. Fleet Publishing Company Ltd.
  3. ^ "Ballynennan Moon". Greyhound Data.
  4. ^ a b c d e Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  5. ^ a b c d e Genders, Roy (1990). NGRC book of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  6. ^ "Remember When - October 1946". Greyhound Star. 13 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.