Doncaster Greyhound Stadium

Doncaster Greyhound Stadium is a greyhound racing track located in Stainforth, near Doncaster, England.[1]

Doncaster Stadium
The winning post at Doncaster Greyhound Stadium.jpg
The winning line at Doncaster Greyhound Stadium
LocationStation Road, Stainforth
Coordinates53°35′20.7″N 1°01′49.1″W / 53.589083°N 1.030306°W / 53.589083; -1.030306
Opened1929 Speedway
1941 Greyhound Racing
Tenants
Greyhound racing (originally speedway)

It is sometimes referred to as Meadow Court Stadium and was previously known as Stainforth Stadium. It is not to be confused with the former Doncaster Greyhound Track that existed near the York Road.

The stadium has executive suites, a restaurant, a number of bars and fast food areas. Racing takes place every Monday and Wednesday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

HistoryEdit

Pre-war HistoryEdit

Stainforth Stadium opened as a speedway dirt track in 1929 following extensive work on an area of marsh land west of Station Road that was turned from marsh to cinder. The track consisted of sand, three inches of concrete and then finished off with nine inches of cinder. The first speedway took place on Easter Monday 1930 [2] but despite a promising start the Stainforth speedway company went into liquidation in 1930.

In 1933 the Stainforth Amateur Athletic Club bought the stadium but the World War II brought the Athletics to a halt. However, in 1941 during the war a greyhound and whippet track was added, the first meeting was on Saturday 22 March 1941 and plans were drawn up for racing every Saturday at 5.30pm. Races were held over 300 yards and 465 yards and the track attempted to gain permission for a tote in 1945 without success.[3]

Post-War historyEdit

 
Stainforth Greyhound Stadium c.1992

The track remained a flapping track (not licensed by the National Greyhound Racing Club) for thirty five years; boxing events and trotting was also seen at the stadium that was owned by Benjamin Lovatt at the time. Distances changed to 350 and 600 yards and meetings took place on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.[4] The stadium was reportedly sold in 1976 but plans to upgrade the track ended with the stadium closing in 1978 and the site remained derelict for a further thirteen years.

In 1992 businessman and greyhound enthusiast Chick Hicken and his partner June Hicken submitted plans for a new stadium to Doncaster council. The plans were passed during March 1993 a newly built track costing £1.5 million opened. The track wanted to become part of the National Greyhound Racing Club and brought in former English Greyhound Derby winning trainer Barbara Tompkins as General Manager; Racing Managers were Andrew Walker and Richard Bentley. A three tier grandstand was constructed with a restaurant, cocktail bar, public bar and other facilities all being available for the customers. Sometimes known as Meadow Court Stadium, the distances were over 275, 480, 661 and 709 metres on a track circumference of 430 metres.[5] The opening also resulted in an exodus of trainers from Craven Park, Hull in order to train at Stainforth.[6]

Tompkins retired in 2004 and the stadium re-branded from Stainforth Stadium to Doncaster Stadium in 2006. Former Belle Vue Stadium Racing Manager Stephen Gray and Richard Munton had spells as Racing Managers there from 2006-2008 and 2008-2010 respectively before former Wembley manager Mick Smith arrived. The track has grown in reputation and held the TV Trophy in 2008 & the Trainers Championship in 2010. The Yorkshire St Leger was inaugurated in 2004 and became the biggest event held at the track annually.[7]

In 2018 the stadium signed a deal with SIS to race every Monday and Wednesday evening, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.[8]

CompetitionsEdit

Yorkshire St Leger

Track recordsEdit

CurrentEdit

Metres Greyhound Time Date Notes
275 Pinpoint Mo[9] 16.51 31 July 2017
450 Droopys Country [10] 27.16 21 September 2016
480 Farloe Verdict[11] 28.94 13 July 2004
483 King Eden[12] 28.87 28 August 2017
661 Frisby Figo[11] 41.00 1 September 2004
661 Black Pear[11] 41.00 4 September 2004 =equalled
705 Gaba Gabba Hey[11] 44.40 17 November 2009
868 Flying Winner[11] 55.82 24 June 2008
877 Roxholme Magic[13] 55.69 30 September 2015

FormerEdit

Extended content
Metres Greyhound Time Date Notes
278 Slippery Jaydee 16.44 01.12.1994
278 Fosse Way 16.17 28.03.1999
278 Musical Chair 16.84 30.10.2001
278 Glendon Jack 16.63 16.11.2004
450 Pinpoint Dazl 27.50 30.09.2015
450 Qatar Fortune 27.42 27.07.2016
450 Coolavanny Rebel 27.31 17.08.2016
460 Super Bridge 27.46 02.07.1994
480 Silver Steel 28.92 2002
480 Ravenshill Lad 29.22 02.08.2003
480 Rhincrew Santini 29.08 06.07.2004
480 Rhincrew Santini 28.96 13.07.2004
480 Farloe Joe 28.95 10.09.2004
483 Farloe Joel 29.55 27.03.2005
483 Cocks Hero 29.52 03.04.2005
483 Distant Mist 29.46 01.05.2005
483 Glen Abbey St 29.39 01.05.2005
483 Jordans Spark 29.25 01.05.2005
483 Yorkshire 29.07 29.07.2005
485 Jubilee Rocco 29.73 24.06.1993
485 Maireads Bob 29.71 20.09.1998
666 Westwood Surprise 40.95 10.09.1993
709 Almost On Fire 43.86 28.06.1998
709 Soviet Valley 44.66 11.03.2003
709 Gaynors Jet 44.55 07.03.2004
709 Hesley Gale 44.42 10.09.2004
709 Frisby Figo 43.93 01.05.2004
890 Slow Fuse 58.43 23.03.2001
910 Let Us Know 58.43 03.03.2002
910 Ericas Equity 58.08 10.09.2004
925 Souda Bay 59.56 09.02.1998

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Track Search". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 25 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Stainforth Snippets". Stainforth Online.
  3. ^ Particulars of Licensed tracks, table 1 Licensed Dog Racecourses. Licensing Authorities. 1946.
  4. ^ Furby, R (1968). Independent Greyhound Racing. New Dominion House.
  5. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook, page 254. Ringpress Books. ISBN 186054-010-4.
  6. ^ "Monthly Greyhound Star (Remember When) March edition". Greyhound Star. 2015.
  7. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008, page 185. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  8. ^ "SIS announces schedule for SIS British Greyhound Service for 2018". SIS.
  9. ^ "RPGTV SPRINT". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  10. ^ "2016 track record result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Track records". Greyhound Data.
  12. ^ "RPGTV STANDARD DUPLICATED". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  13. ^ "ANDREW WALKER BOOKMAKERS MARATHON". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 October 2021.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 53°35′21″N 1°01′49″W / 53.58907°N 1.03025°W / 53.58907; -1.03025