English Greyhound Derby Invitation

The English Greyhound Derby Invitation formerly the Derby Consolation Stakes was a long standing competition for greyhounds eliminated during the later stages of the English Greyhound Derby.[1][2][3][4]

English Greyhound Derby Invitation/Consolation
LocationWhite City
Wimbledon
Towcester
Inaugurated1936
SponsorVarious
Race information
Distance500 metres (1,600 ft)
SurfaceSand

It was originally for the six greyhounds eliminated at the semi-final stage but is now for greyhounds invited by the racecourse, although this still consists largely of the eliminated semi finalists.[5][6][7]

It was run at White City Stadium from 1927 until 1984.[8] Following the closure of White City the event was switched to Wimbledon Stadium in 1985[9][3] [4] and then to Towcester Greyhound Stadium in 2017.[10] Winners over the decades have included Quare Times, Dante II, Sole Aim, Lively Band and Toms The Best.[1] [2] [11][12][13]

The race was discontinued following the closure of Towcester.

Past winnersEdit

Year Winner Breeding Trainer Time SP Notes
1936 Melksham Keystone Joe Harmon (Wimbledon) 29.46 11-4
1937 Golden Alexander Jimmy Campbell (White City) 29.49 3-1
1938 Ballyhennessy Sandills White Sandills – Soraca Deas Sidney Orton (Wimbledon) 29.68 1-2f
1939 Selsey Cutlet Future Cutlet – Happy Freda Leslie Reynolds (Wembley) 29.31 9-4f
1945 Fair Brook Lights Of Brooklyn – Rose Of Castledown Stanley Biss (Clapton) 29.78 7-2
1946 Quare Times Bally Dancer – Quite Welcome Sidney Orton (Wimbledon) 28.82 1-1f Track Record
1947 Dante II Well Squared – Olives Idol Bob Burls (Wembley) 29.03 8-11f
1949 Jimmies Cull Glenview Shaggy – Fast Asleep Ken Appleton (West Ham) 29.39 9-4
1950 Behattans Choice Bahs Choice - Behattan Bob Burls (Wembley) 28.75 1-1f
1951 Melampus Mad Tanist – Whiterock Laura Noreen Collin (Walthamstow) 28.90 5-1
1952 Ruddy Climax Bahs Choice – Pure Motive Paddy McEvoy (Private) 29.05 5-2
1953 Polonius Mad Tanist – Calpurnia Tom 'Paddy' Reilly (Walthamstow) 29.33 11-8f
1954 Tolerton Ash Astras Son – Black Nan Tom Perry (Private) 29.06 4-1
1955 Chance Me Paddy Paddy The Champion – Verges Cottage Robert Linney (Catford) 29.21 10-1
1956 Cleos Gossip Endless Gossip – Devoted Ever Bob Burls (Wembley) 29.28 100-30
1957 Northern King Champion Prince – Big Bawn Jack Harvey (Wembley) 29.06 5-4f
1958 Beware Champ The Grand Champion – Beware of Me George Waterman (Wimbledon) 28.83 7-4f
1959 Dunmore Rocco Hi There – Dunmore Claudia Dennis Hannafin (Wimbledon) 29.14 1-2f
1960 Rostown Genius The Grand Genius – Rostown Lady Joe Pickering (White City) 29.15 9-4
1961 Trojan Van Whirling Turk – Sitting Pretty Jimmy Rimmer (Clapton) 28.97 11-4
1962 Tall Boy Ollie Hi There - Ophelia Tom Johnston Jr. (West Ham) 29.21 13-8
1963 We’ll See Knock Hill Chieftain - Bunnykins Joe Pickering (White City) 29.22 4-1
1964 Pineapple Joe Clopook – Sight Unseen Dennis Hannafin (Wimbledon) 28.94 8-1
1965 Westpark Ash Hi There – Westpark Ballet Kevin O'Neill (Walthamstow) 28.99 6-4f
1966 Dillies Pigalle Pigalle Wonder – Millies Dillie Ronnie Chandler (Ireland) 29.20 2-5f
1967 Daybreak Again Odd Venture – Dollys Toast Geoff De Mulder (Leicester) 28.85 2-1
1968 Super Kid Congo Kid – Merry Hampton Joe Pickering (White City) 29.01 7-1
1969 Valiant Ray Westpark Quail - Jamboree Judy Kevin O'Neill (Walthamstow) 28.92 4-1
1970 Sole Aim Monalee Champion - Yurituni David Geggus (Walthamstow) 28.88 5-1
1971 Ballybeg Era Mad Era – Ballybeg Pride Vicky Holloway (Private) 28.86 12-1
1972 Suburban Gent Monalee Champion – Meadowbank Girl J Horan (Ireland) 28.80 13-8
1973 Shara Dee Silver Hope – Flashy Minnie Noreen Collin (White City) 28.88 7-4
1974 Lively Band Silver Hope – Kells Queen Tom Johnston Jr. (Wembley) 28.59 5-4f
1975 Shamrock Point Monalee Champion – Gruelling Point Ger McKenna (Ireland) 29.33 1-2f [14]
1976 Shamrock Point Monalee Champion – Gruelling Point Ger McKenna (Ireland) 29.33 4-5f
1977 Linacre Lively Band - Central Ted Dickson (Slough) 29.36 10-11f
1978 Malange Broadford Boy – Paper Cracker Matt O'Donnell (Ireland) 29.83 3-1
1979 Jebb Rambler Tullig Rambler – Thats The Style Harry Crapper (Owlerton) 29.26 10-11f
1980 Dodford Bill Instant Gambler – Ballyregan Maid Dave Drinkwater (Bletchley) 29.33 5-4f
1981 Greenane Metro Greenane Decca – Pineapple Grand Arthur Hitch (Private) 29.30 5-4f
1982 Fearless Mover Nameless Star – Ballydonnell Pat Geoff De Mulder (Coventry)
1983 Hay Maker Mack Brave Bran – Excuse Me Madam Derek Knight (Brighton) 28.95 4-5f Track Record[14]
1984 Nippy Law Lax Law – Shems Fancy Geoff De Mulder (Nottingham) 29.78 1-1f
1985 One To Note Lindas Champion – Hotel Queen Norah McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 29.11 3-1
1986 Lodge Prince Sand Man – Cooga Customer Gary Baggs (Ramsgate) 28.67 4-9f
1987 Karens Champ Round Robin - Carmaur Gary Baggs (Walthamstow) 28.98 20-1
1988 Mottos Count Count Five – My Motto Gary Baggs (Walthamstow) 28.74 14-1
1989 Kildare Ash Wise Band – Lindas Zest John McGee Sr. (Canterbury) 28.84 6-4f
1990 Demesne Chance Kyle Jack – Anti Everything Gunner Smith (Hove) 28.96 7-4f
1991 Vics Snowdrop Daleys Gold – White Ranger Philip Rees Jr (Wimbledon) 28.66 8-1
1992 Luxury Light Daleys Gold – Calypso Music John McGee Sr. (Reading) 28.83 4-1
1993 Dromin Fox Greenpark Fox – Sound of Wings Paul Garland (Ramsgate) 28.87 5-1
1994 Greenane Squire Manorville Major – Endless Game Tony Meek (Hall Green) 28.80 4-6f
1995 Westmead Merlin Murlens Slippy – Westmead Hannah Nick Savva (Walthamstow) 28.67 4-9f
1996 Quick Tune Farloe Melody – Lady Be Fast Gordon Hodson Hove 28.91 7-1
1997 Toms The Best Frightful Flash – Ladys Guest Nick Savva (Walthamstow) 28.42 2-1jf
1998 Droopys Eric Kyle Jack – Droopys Fergie Henry Tasker (Private) 29.17 5-1
1999 Stouke Tim Kildare Slippy – Stouke Pearl Barrie Draper (Sheffield) 28.67 11-4
2000 Rio Riccardo Trade Official – Kylies Quest Daniel Riordan (Private) 28.86 4-9f
2001 Carhumore Cross He Knows – Laurdella Risk Nick Savva (Private) 29.03 8-1
2002 Droopys Corleone Top Honcho – Droopys Kylie Daniel Riordan (Private) 29.08 1-1f
2003 Farloe Style Staplers Jo – Farloe Dingle Seamus Cahill (Wimbledon) 28.64 9-4
2004 Droopys Cahill Top Honcho – Droopys Kristin Ian Reilly (Ireland) 28.64 5-4f
2005 January Tiger [15] Droopys Vieri – January Vixen Mark Wallis (Walthamstow) 28.78 9-4
2006 Blue Majestic [16] Top Honcho – Marinas Tina Seamus Graham (Ireland) 28.81 4-1
2007 Zigzag Dutchy [17] Dutchys Angel – Zigzag Bullet Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 28.92 2-1f
2008 Toosey Blue [18] Hondo Black – Black Diamond John Mullins (Yarmouth) 28.89 7-4
2009 Cabra Boss [19] Big Daddy Cool – Cabra Dancer Liz McNair (Private) 28.86 6-4f
2010 Head Iton Ellis [20] Hondo Black - Caressing Steve Race (Private) 28.51 15-8
2011 Boher Legend [21] Balintore Brave – Knock Princess Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 28.46 9-4
2012 Bubbly Phoenix [22] College Causeway – Droopys Top Gal Paul Young (Romford) 28.22 7-4f
2013 Holdem Spy [23] Hondo Black – Have One More Carol Weatherall (Coventry) 28.33 6-4f
2014 Aero Nemesis [24] Ja Mann – Shelbourne Capri Mark Wallis (Yarmouth) 28.21 8-11f
2015 Swift Keith [25] Vans Escalade – Swift Sandy John Mullins (Yarmouth) 28.16 9-2
2016 Southfield Jock [26] Droopys Scolari - Lady Anastasia Seamus Cahill Hove 28.08 11-8f
2017 Bruisers Bullet [27] Droopys Cain - Clover Bride Mark Wallis (Towcester) 28.78 7-4f
2018 Innocent Times [28] Tyrur Big Mike - Toms Delight Brendan Matthews (Ireland) 29.02 11-4

Venues & DistancesEdit

  • At White City from 1936 to 1974 (over 525 yards)
  • At White City Stadium from 1975 to 1984 (over 500 metres)
  • At Wimbledon from 1985 to 2016 (over 480 metres)
  • At Towcester from 2017 to 2018 (over 500 metres)

SponsorsEdit

  • 2005-2006 William Hill
  • 2007-2008 Blue Square
  • 2009-2016 William Hill
  • 2017-2018 Star Sports

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Genders, Roy (1975). The Greyhound and Racing Greyhound. Page Brothers (Norwich). ISBN 0-85020-0474.
  2. ^ a b Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  3. ^ a b Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  4. ^ a b Genders, Roy (1990). NGRC book of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  5. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2002). Greyhound Annual 2003. Raceform. ISBN 1-904317-07-3.
  6. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2004). Greyhound Annual 2005. Raceform. ISBN 1-904317-58-8.
  7. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2008). Greyhound Annual 2008. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-534.
  8. ^ Dack, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years. Ringpress Books. pp. 79–80. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  9. ^ Dick, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years, pages 185/186/187/188. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  10. ^ "Towcester set for green light to stage Greyhound Derby". Racing Post.
  11. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook. Ringpress Books. ISBN 186054-010-4.
  12. ^ Dack, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years pages 104/105/106. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  13. ^ "Greyhound Derby Races". Greyhound Data.
  14. ^ a b "Remember When - June". Greyhound Star.
  15. ^ "2005 William Hill Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  16. ^ "2006 William Hill Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  17. ^ "2007 Blue Square Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  18. ^ "2008 Blue Square Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  19. ^ "2009 Blue Square Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  20. ^ "2010 William Hill Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  21. ^ "2011 William Hill Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  22. ^ "2012 William Hill Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  23. ^ "2013 William Hill Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  24. ^ "2014 William Hill Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  25. ^ "2015 Anglo Irish Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  26. ^ "2016 William Hill Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  27. ^ "2017 Star Sports Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  28. ^ "2018 Star Sports Invitation". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.