Blue Riband (greyhounds)

The Blue Riband was a greyhound racing competition held annually at Wembley Stadium and Hall Green Stadium. It was inaugurated in 1981 as a replacement competition for the Wembley Spring Cup which finished in 1980.[1][2]

Blue Riband
Category 1 race (discontinued)
LocationWembley Stadium
Hall Green Stadium
Inaugurated1981
Last run2012
SponsorLadbrokes
Race information
Distance490/480 metres
SurfaceSand

Following the end of the Wembley Greyhounds the race transferred to Greyhound Racing Association (GRA) sister track Hall Green in 1999.[3] The race was discontinued by the GRA after the 2012 running despite being a category one race.

Past winnersEdit

Year Winner Breeding Trainer Time SP Notes
1981 Arfur Mo Carhumore Speech - Monalee Roman John Honeysett (Crayford) 29.47 20-1
1982 Master Darby Sole Aim - Aglish Pilgrim Jerry Fisher (Reading) 29.88 7-2
1983 Cross Times Violet Hall - Full Circle Jerry Fisher (Reading) 30.01 7-2
1984 Living Trail Ivy Hall Solo - Elimron John Honeysett (Wembley) 29.69 50-1
1985 Lulus Hero [4] Sail On II - Lulus Loner Gunner Smith (Brighton) 29.23 3-1
1986 Fearless Champ Special Account - Sarahs Bunny Geoff De Mulder (Oxford) 29.04 8-11F
1987 Sambuca Pat Seamur - Lyons Flora Gunner Smith (Brighton) 29.08 16-1
1988 Pike Alert Security Alert - PC Breda Tom Foster (Wimbledon) 29.18 7-1
1989 Ring Slippy I'm Slippy - Westpark Chill Derek Millen (Canterbury) 29.64 3-1
1990 Westmead Harry Fearless Champ - Westmead Move Nick Savva (Milton Keynes) 29.09 7-4f
1991 Wuncross Double Creamery Cross - Wuncoat Derek Knight (Hove) 29.02 33-1
1992 Dempsey Duke Shanagarry Duke - Willowbrook Peg Terry Kibble (Bristol) 28.87 2-1jf
1993 Hypnotic Stag Greenpark Fox - Sister Moonshine John Coleman (Walthamstow) 28.85 8-13f
1994 Ardilaun Bridge[5] Adraville Bridge - Cecilia One Chris Duggan (Walthamstow) 29.03 11-10f
1995 Heres Seanie Ardfert Sean - Mindys Miracle Pat Ryan (Perry Barr) 28.85 2-7f
1996 Quick Tune Farloe Melody - Lady Be Fast Gordon Hodson (Hove) 29.75 5-1
1997 Blue Murlen Murlens Abbey - Lovely Lovely Mick Smith (Private) 29.07 2-7f
1998 He Knows Slaneyside Hare - I Know You Barrie Draper (Sheffield) 29.22 11-4
1999 Droopys Merson Frightful Flash - Lemon Miss Nick Savva (Milton Keynes) 28.53 1-1f
2000 Vintage Cleaner Vintage Prince - Treasure Beo John McGee Sr. (Private) 28.20 9-4 Track record
2001 Hollinwood Chief Night Trooper - Hollinwood Major Mick Clarke (Private) 28.51 7-4f
2002 Hollinwood Wiz Night Trooper - Hollinwood Major Mick Clarke (Private) 28.45 8-1
2003 Farloe Verdict Droopys Vieri - She Knew Charlie Lister (Private) 28.09 5-2 Track record
2004 Droopys Oasis Larkhill Jo - Droopys Graf Brian Clemenson (Hove) 28.28 5-4f
2005 Tuttles Ronaldo [6] Droopys Kewell - By The Numbers Frank Wright (Coventry) 28.26 7-1
2006 Westmead Joe [7] Larkhill Jo - Mega Delight Nick Savva (Private) 28.58 13-8f
2007 Iceman Vader [8] Top Honcho - Barrow Tune Lance Burford (Coventry) 28.56 4-1
2008 Farloe Reason [9] Droopys Maldini - Farloe Oyster Charlie Lister (Private) 28.24 1-2f
2009 Blonde Fern [10] Hondo Black-Returned Fire Tony Dean (Private) 28.06 4-1
2010 Eye Onthe Storm [11] Droopys Vieri-Bower Louise Mark Wallis (Yarmouth) 28.02 8-13f Track record
2011 Express Shuttle [12] Kiowa Sweet Trey-Express Mist Chris Allsopp (Monmore) 28.42 11-8f
2012 Young Sid [13] Killahan Panther – Marwood Review Paul Young (Romford) 28.31 6-4f

Discontinued

Venues & DistancesEdit

  • 1981-1998 (Wembley 490m)
  • 1999-2012 (Hall Green 480m)

SponsorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. p. 82. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  2. ^ Genders, Roy (1990). NGRC book of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. p. 40. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  3. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008. Raceform. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  4. ^ "Greyhound Star (Remember When - April)". Greyhound Star.
  5. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook. Ringpress Books. pp. 20–21. ISBN 186054-010-4.
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  9. ^ "2008 final". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  10. ^ "2009 final". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  11. ^ "2010 final". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  12. ^ "2011 final". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  13. ^ "2012 Result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2016-11-13.