Crayford Stadium

Crayford Stadium is a greyhound racing stadium located in the London Borough of Bexley in England.[1] The stadium, which has featured races since 1986, has private suites, a restaurant and a number of bars.

Crayford Stadium
Crayford Greyhound Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 714301.jpg
LocationBexley, Greater London, England
Coordinates51°26′55″N 0°10′33″W / 51.44852°N 0.17572°W / 51.44852; -0.17572Coordinates: 51°26′55″N 0°10′33″W / 51.44852°N 0.17572°W / 51.44852; -0.17572
Operated byLadbrokes Coral
Date opened1986
Race typegreyhound
Official website

An evening meeting takes place every Tuesday, a matinée race meeting takes place on Thursday and morning meetings are held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Crayford is owned by Ladbrokes Coral.[2]

HistoryEdit

1980sEdit

In 1984 Ladbrokes announced that racing would cease at the Crayford & Bexleyheath Stadium to allow plans for rebuilding the entire stadium as part of a development project. The twenty-acre site would be redeveloped, with five acres of it being converted into a new greyhound track and sports stadium. Racing ended on 18 May 1985 and work began on the new stadium. Following sixteen months of development and construction, it was ready for action. [3]

The grand opening took place on 1 September 1986, and the new stadium would be called Crayford after the decision was made to drop the Bexleyheath part; the stadium was situated in a different five-acre part of the original twenty acres. [3] The stadium was opened by the mayor of Bexley and Ladbrokes Chairman Cyril Stein.[4]

In 1987 the track took possession of a major competition called the Golden Jacket which had struggled to find a new home since the demise of Harringay. The event had been temporarily held at Hall Green and Monmore and was a popular afternoon competition with television exposure. Crayford also provided a new matinee meeting for their Ladbrokes betting shops and another new competition called the Crayford Rosebowl was inaugurated. [5] In 1988 Dinky Luckhurst trained Breeks Rocket to Grand National success.

The dimensions of the all-sand circuit were a small 334 m circumference with distances of 380, 540, 714 and 874 metres with an outside Sumner hare. Facilities included a restaurant for 138 covers, two bars and a twin-tier glass-fronted covered stand. Also within the stadium was a sports hall complex, a fitness area and a swimming pool. The racing manager was Roy Dwight and general manager Roger Lakey, soon to be replaced by Paul Lawrence and Barry Stanton respectively.

1990sEdit

 
Crayford Ladbrokes Greyhound Stadium c.1990

In 1996 Dynamic Display repeated the Grand National achievement for trainer Barry O'Sullivan. The Guys and Dolls competition arrived at the track in 1997. Pure Patches won the 1998 Gold Collar and also made the 1999 English Greyhound Derby final and Bubbly Prince won the 1999 Cesarewitch.

2000sEdit

Lady Jean won the 2000 Cesarewitch, and Haughty Ted won the 2001 Gold Collar for Dinky Luckhurst. Racing manager Paul Lawrence parted company with the track in 2000, replaced by Harry Bull, with Danny Rayment promoted to deputy.[6] Trainer Lorraine Sams introduced a greyhound to the industry in 2006 called Spiridon Louis. The black-and-white dog would become the 2007 Greyhound of the Year after winning the St Leger, TV Trophy and Regency.

2010sEdit

A third Grand National win by the Gemma Davidson-trained Plane Daddy in 2010 continued Crayford's success with hurdle racing.

In 2015 the track resurrected the original classic Gold Collar competition and the Guys and Dolls.[7] In 2017 Ladbrokes merged with Gala Coral to form Ladbrokes Coral.[8]

In 2018 the stadium signed a deal with SIS to race every Tuesday morning and evening, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning and Saturday morning.[9]

CompetitionsEdit

Golden JacketEdit

Gold CollarEdit

Kent St LegerEdit

Guys And DollsEdit

Crayford/Kent VaseEdit

[10] [11]

(1967–1984 held at Crayford & Bexleyheath over 490 yards/462 metres), (1987–2010 held at Crayford over 540 metres)

Crayford RosebowlEdit

[16]

(held over 380 metres)

Track recordsEdit

CurrentEdit

Metres Greyhound Time Date Notes
380 Brinkleys Poet[20] 22.85 29.05.2018
540 Mayshighlandreel[21] 33.09 26 September 2017 Gold Collar final
714 Stardom[22] 44.52 24 August 2019
874 Burgess Borna[23] 55.89 26 December 2014
1048 Roxholme Magic[24] 67.83 21 February 2017
380 H Razldazl Raidio[25] 23.18 8 October 2016
380 H Droopys Cruiser[26] 23.18 28 September 2019
540 H Razldazl Raidio[27] 33.57 21 February 2017

FormerEdit

Extended content
Metres Greyhound Time Date Notes
380 Justa Mo 23.66 09.05.1987
380 Sail on Delaney 23.53 28.01.1989
380 Clonlusk Villa 23.46 26.01.1991
380 Genotin Laura 23.31 17.05.1993
380 Lots of Jolly 23.31 16.07.1994
380 Rossa Ranger 23.36 15.04.2002
380 Chasing A Dream 23.18 05.05.2002
380 Skibbs Flyer 23.06 14.10.2002
380 Kingdom Club 23.01 27.09.2003 Guys and Dolls Final
380 Tictac Tyson 22.97 07.05.2011
380 You Never Listen 22.97 19.02.2015 =equalled
380 Target Harris 22.88 18.07.2015
540 Baby Pol 34.01 04.08.1987
540 Hello Blackie 33.93 11.08.1990
540 Side Wink 33.46 09.01.1992
540 Break On Thru 33.43 14.10.2002
540 Sportsman 33.26 03.02.2003
540 Sunshine Sophie 33.13 28.02.2004
714 Favourite Return 46.86 22.05.1987
714 Harry Lime 46.17 31.08.1987
714 Fort Leader 45.61 16.02.1989
714 Heavenly Lady 45.25 08.02.1993
714 Blues Best Tayla 45.19 24.02.2001
714 Rosden Image 45.07 14.10.2002
714 Foreign Chick 45.13 14.10.2002
714 Centour Corker 45.02 03.02.2003
714 Centour Corker 44.74 03.03.2003 Golden Jacket Final
714 Double Take 44.57 21.02.2004 Golden Jacket semi-final
874 Astrosyn Trace 57.21 26.10.1987
874 Clonbrin Black 56.15 15.10.1993
1048 Stansted Flyer 69.81 07.09.1996
1048 Musical Fawn 68.80 22.02.2014
1048 Roxholme Magic 68.59 23.02.2016
380 H Off You Sail 24.29 15.06.1987
380 H Parktown Ranger 23.96 21.01.1989
380 H Ladys Champion 23.86 24.09.1994
380 H Dynamic Display 23.70 1996
380 H Razldazl Raidio 23.28 26.03.2016
540 H Breeks Rocket 35.30 1988
540 H Cahara Gamble 35.08 17.06.1991
540 H Cahara Gamble 35.01 03.08.1991
540 H Rainys Pet 34.85 10.08.1991
540 H Rainys Pet 34.67 17.08.1991
540 H Sunshine Sandy 34.32 11.03.1993
540 H El Tenor 34.16 13.04.1998
540 H Selby Ben 33.68 26.05.2003

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Track Search". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 25 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Opening Days". Crayford Stadium.
  3. ^ a b Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, page 91. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  4. ^ "Remember When - September 1986". Greyhound Star.
  5. ^ Barnes/Sellers, Julia/John (1992). Ladbrokes Greyhound Fact File, pages 53-58. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-22-8.
  6. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008, page 184. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  7. ^ "Crayford wait on clearance to bring back the Gold Collar". Greyhound Star.
  8. ^ "Ladbrokes finalises merger with Coral". igaming business.
  9. ^ "SIS announces schedule for SIS British Greyhound Service for 2018". SIS.
  10. ^ Barnes, Julia (1991). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, Vol Two. Ringpress Books. p. 49. ISBN 0-948955-61-9.
  11. ^ Barnes/Sellers, Julia/John (1992). Ladbrokes Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. p. 58. ISBN 0-948955-22-8.
  12. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook. Ringpress Books. pp. 109–110. ISBN 186054-010-4.
  13. ^ "Ladbrokes.com Crayford Vase - Final". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  14. ^ "Crayford race meeting". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Crayford, Saturday 21 May". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  16. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook. Ringpress Books. p. 199. ISBN 186054-010-4.
  17. ^ "LADBROKES.COM CRAYFORD ROSE BOWL - Final". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  18. ^ "Crayford 17 October 2020". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  19. ^ "LADBROKES.COM KENT ROSE BOWL - Final". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  20. ^ "POET IS RECORD BREAKING MOTION". Greyhound Star.
  21. ^ "LADBROKES GOLD COLLAR - Final". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  22. ^ "DEANRIDGE TROPHY". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  23. ^ "874m". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  24. ^ "LADBROKES 1048". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  25. ^ "CRAYFORD BOOKMAKERS HURDLE". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  26. ^ "track record". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  27. ^ "CHIEF RAMSBOTTOM HURDLE". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 October 2021.

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