|Location||Western Road, Cork, Munster|
The first greyhound track in Cork was known as The Show Grounds Greyhound Track and ran from 1928-1935 but closed on 20 September 1935 following the decision to relocate to a site nearer the city centre. The site chosen was between Western Road and the north bank of the River Lee near the Wellington Bridge.
Less than one year after the closure of the circuit at the Showgrounds the second Cork track opened for business on 13 June 1936. Pat O’Brien was installed as the manager.
The Irish provincial tracks pressured the Irish Coursing Club for the right to stage Ireland's premier event, the Irish Greyhound Derby which had been exclusively run in Dublin. During a vote in 1939 the club agreed to let Limerick host the race followed by Cork in 1941 but due to the Foot-and-mouth disease in 1941 racing had ceased and when the ban on racing was lifted Cork unfortunately ruled themselves out from being able to host the event at such short notice.
In 1942 the chance to hold the Derby was taken despite the fact that Cork could not match the prize money offered by the Dublin tracks. Record crowds attended the event won by Uacterlainn Riac. Cork never hosted the Derby again but in 1944 the Laurels was inaugurated at the track over 500 yards and would soon become a classic race.
The Oaks was held at the track twice in 1939 and 1943 and a competition originally named the Pegasus Cup was also introduced. The Pegasus Cup was renamed the Perpetual Challenge Trophy and later the Guinness Trophy. The Bord na gCon installed a new totalisator system at four tracks including Cork in 1960 and one year later the Laurels switched to the slightly longer distance of 525 yards. Laurels winners included Spanish Chestnut in 1949 and 1950 and the legendary Spanish Battleship took the competition in 1955. Cork bookmakers Liam Cashman sponsored the event for many years.
The Bord na gCon purchased the stadium in 1969 safeguarding the future of the track from redevelopment. The circumference of the track was 445 yards which consisted of race distances of 300, 310, 500, 525, 550, 70, 745 and 525 hurdles.
By the late 1980s the facilities were struggling to cope with the large Cork attendances and the Bord na gCon sold the site of the greyhound track in Cork in 1996 and purchased a green-field site in Curraheen on the western fringes of the city with the intention of building a brand new facility there. It took until the year 2000 for the Bord na gCon plans of a new track in Cork to come to fruition. The Western Road venue was redeveloped into the Western Gateway Building (science building of the University College Cork).
|300||Lucky Blunder||16.60||29 July 1967|
|300||Bunny Browney||16.50||6 September 1973|
|300||Hidden Fortune||16.50||8 September 1973|
|300||Moonshine Again||16.45||13 May 1978|
|300||Odell Supreme||16.43||30 August 1986|
|300||Sarahs Moth||16.35||29 September 1989|
|300||Moyra Road||16.00||8 November 1995|
|310||Odd Crest||17.20||8 August 1975|
|500||Spanish Battleship||28.30||29 August 1955||Irish Laurels first round|
|500||Prince of Bermuda||27.95||12 September 1956|
|525||Socks On||29.64||May 1957|
|525||Kilcaskin Kern||29.45||May 1957|
|525||Ivy Hall Flash||29.10||29 October 1971|
|525||Kilbracken Style||29.10||8 September 1973|
|525||Allemaine||29.05||30 October 1978|
|525||Knockrour Slave||29.00||30 August 1980|
|525||The Stranger ||28.95||4 September 1982||Irish Laurels Final|
|525||Airmount Grand||28.94||3 July 1989||Irish Laurels 2nd round|
|525||Airmount Grand||28.89||8 July 1989||Irish Laurels semi final|
|525||Airmount Grand||28.82||15 July 1989||Irish Laurels Final|
|525||Adraville Bridge||28.78||14 July 1990||Irish Laurels Final|
|525||Live Contender||28.50||17 November 1990|
|550||Gorriencoona Border||31.40||Pre 1949|
|550||Spanish Lad||31.00||7 October 1949|
|700||Lucky Break||40.00||30 May 1964|
|700||Anner Duke||39.80||15 May 1982|
|700||Kilcommon Cross||39.70||14 July 1990|
|745||Pure Hand||43.00||19 May 1962|
|745||Wings of the Morning||=43.00||23 June 1962|
|745||Dempseys Glory||42.95||15 September 1973|
|745||Experience||42.80||5 September 1981|
|525 H||Deputy Lieutenant||30.74||1950|
|525 H||Ashgrove Look||30.15||11 July 1966|
|525 H||Race Riot||29.75||7 July 1973|
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