Grand National (greyhounds)

The Grand National is an original classic greyhound racing competition held at Central Park Stadium over the hurdles.[1] It was run at White City Stadium from 1928 until 1984, it moved to Hall Green Stadium in 1985 and then on to Wimbledon Stadium in 1999.[2]

Grand National
Original classic - Category 1 race
LocationCentral Park Stadium
Inaugurated1927
SponsorRPGTV
Race information
Distance480 metres hurdles
SurfaceSand
Qualificationhurdlers only
Purse£7,500 (Winner)

In 2012 the Greyhound Racing Association allowed the race to leave their portfolio and it switched to Central Park Stadium in Sittingbourne.[3]

Sherrys Prince holds the record of winning the event three times from 1970 to 1972, while trainers Seamus Cahill and Ricky Holloway have both trained four winners.

Past winnersEdit

Year Winner Breeding Trainer Time SP SP
1927 Bonzo Bon Marche - Bertha J Buck (Belle Vue) 31.42 sec 13-8f
1928 Cormorant Stormont - Ballyveney Maid Sidney Probert (Wembley) 31.16 sec 4-1
1929 Levator Spalding Bishop - Lisgreen Bob Burls (Wembley) 31.09 sec 2-1
1930 Stylish Cutlet Mutton Cutlet - Style Kid Jock Hutchinson (Wimbledon) 30.94 sec 11-4
1931 Rule The Roost Jamie - Road Head Rally Joe Harmon (White City) 31.17 sec 5-2
1932 Long Hop Macoma - Bright Emblem Ian McCorkindale (Harringay) 31.44 sec 3-1
1933 Scapegoat Macoma - Bright Emblem Albert Jonas (White City) 31.20 sec 6-1
1934 Lemonition Golden Splendour - Green Gown D.Costello (Wimbledon) 30.84 sec 11-4
1935 Quarter Cross Open Steak - For Ever Sidney Probert (Wembley) 30.76 sec 7-2
1936 Kilganny Bridge Red Cloud - Killemalla Patrick Higgins (Clapton) 30.70 sec 3-1
1937 Flying Wedge Beginner - Brannock Queen Stan Biss (West Ham) 30.61 sec 1-1f
1938 Juvenile Classic Beef Cutlet - Lady Eleanor Joe Harmon (Wimbledon) 30.35 sec 2-1
1939 Valiant Bob Valiant Cutlet - Winged Maiden Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon) 30.50 sec 8-1
1940 Juvenile Classic Beef Cutlet - Lady Eleanor Joe Harmon (Wimbledon) 30.23 sec 1-1f
1946 Barry From Limerick Cherry Grove Cross - Connor May E.Davidson (Private) 30.61 sec 2-1
1947 Baytown Pigeon Manhattan Midnight - Little Nettle Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 30.67 sec 25-1
1948 Joves Reason Mooncoin Fiddler - Anxious Mate Ken Appleton (West Ham) 30.37 sec 2-1
1949 Blossom of Annagura Speedy Dancer - Orchard Blossom Jack Sherry (Ramsgate) 30.20 sec 8-1
1950 Blossom of Annagura Speedy Dancer - Orchard Blossom Jack Sherry (Ramsgate) 29.97 sec 5-2
1951 XPDNC Bellas Prince - Here Comes Eliza Les Parry (White City) 29.80 sec 11-4jf
1952 Whistling Laddie Lone Seal - Whistling Rum Stan Martin (Wimbledon) 30.13 sec 20-1
1953 Denver Berwick Humming Bee - Baytown Fir David Geggus (Walthamstow) 30.26 sec 10-11f
1954 Prince Lawrence Dangerous Prince - Knights Romance Joe Pickering (New Cross) 30.29 sec 10-1
1955 Barrowside Ballymac Ball - Nifty Bella Jack Harvey (Wembley) 29.43 sec 1-3f
1956 Blue Sand Sandown Champion - Fast and Beautiful Ken Appleton (West Ham) 29.70 sec 15-8f
1957 Tanyard Tulip Despot O'Leer - Knockeevan Tulip Jack Harvey (Wembley) 29.85 sec 2-1
1958 Fodda Champion Champion Prince - Wimble Lady Jimmy Jowett (Clapton) 30.20 sec 7-4f
1959 Prince Poppit Champion Prince - Greenane Darkie Dennis Hannafin (Wimbledon) 30.10 sec 3-1
1960 Bruff Chariot Cheerful Chariot - Really Bold Jimmy Jowett (Clapton) 29.50 sec 1-1f
1961 Ballinatona Special Superman - Orange Queen Stan Martin (Wimbledon) 29.50 sec 6-4f
1962 Corsican Reward Solar Prince - Rose Confection Gordon Hodson (Private) 30.15 sec 9-4f
1963 Indoor Sport Champion Prince - Yoblstrap Barney O'Connor (Walthamstow) 29.98 sec 4-5f
1964 Two Aces Crazy Parachute - Penicola Jimmy Rimmer (Wembley) 30.42 sec 10-11f
1965 Im Crazy Crazy Parachute - Misfortunate Randy Singleton (White City) 29.60 sec 11-4
1966 Halfpenny King Crazy Parachute - The Baw Wee John Shevlin (New Cross) 30.28 sec 7-2
1967 The Grange Santa The Grand Prince - Grange Delienne Nora Gleeson (Wimbledon) 29.72 sec 9-4f
1968 Ballintore Tiger Prairie Flash - Not Landing Norman Chambers (New Cross) 29.50 sec 1-3f
1969 Tonys Friend Prairie Flash - Maggie from Cork Randy Singleton (White City) 30.16 sec 1-1f
1970 Sherrys Prince Mad Era - Nevasca John Shevlin (West Ham) 30.02 sec 4-6f
1971 Sherrys Prince Mad Era - Nevasca Colin West (West Ham) 29.22 sec 1-3f
1972 Sherrys Prince Mad Era - Nevasca Colin West (West Ham) 29.80 sec 5-4f
1973 Killone Flash Forward Flash - Dancing Barrier Randy Singleton (White City) 29.35 sec 5-2
1974 Shanneys Darkie Monalee Champion - Shanney's Jet Colin West (White City) 29.43 sec 10-1
1975 Pier Hero Tender Hero - Helenas Girl Frank Melville (Harringay) 30.65 sec 1-1f
1976 Weston Pete Monalee Champion - New Kashmir Colin West (White City) 30.60 sec 4-5f
1977 Salerno Clerihan Venture - Fish Pond John Coleman (Wembley) 30.65 sec 5-4f
1978 Topothetide Westpark Mint - Lady In Love Tim Forster (Harringay) 30.23 sec 8-11f
1979 Topothetide Westpark Mint - Lady In Love Tom Lanceman (Southend) 31.60 sec 6-4f
1980 Gilt Edge Flyer Monalee Expert - Proud Secretary Eric Pateman (Private) 30.22 sec 4-5f
1981 Bobcol Westpark Mint - Black Katty Norah McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 30.64 sec 1-2f
1982 Face The Mutt [4] Mutts Silver - Mill Road Cast Norah McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 30.71 sec 11-10f
1983 Sir Winston Myrtown - Kings Comet George Curtis (Hove) 31.09 sec 5-1
1984 Kilcoe Foxy Hume Highway - Aghadown Liz George Curtis (Hove) 30.32 sec 4-5f
1985 Seamans Star Hume Highway - Sleepy Nell Arthur Boyce (Catford) 30.08 sec 14-1
1986 Castlelyons Cash Belvedere Bran - Kick On Susie Dinky Luckhurst (Private) 29.51 sec 5-4f
1987 Cavan Town Sail On II - Leafy Glade Mel Cumner (Maidstone) 30.01 sec 4-1
1988 Breeks Rocket Noble Brigg - Sandville Lady Dinky Luckhurst (Crayford) 30.09 sec 5-1
1989 Lemon Chip Sinbad - Lemon Lisa Philip Rees Jr. (Wimbledon) 29.84 sec 1-1f
1990 Gizmo Pasha Whisper Wishes - If And When Linda Mullins (Romford) 29.62 sec 4-6f
1991 Ideal Man Clayderman - Ideal Honeygar John McGee Sr. (Peterborough) 29.81 sec 3-1jf dead-heat
1991 Ballycarney Dell Track Man - Ballycarney Blue Tony Gifkins (Yarmouth) 29.81 sec 14-1 dead-heat
1992 Kildare Slippy Track Man - Kildare Elm Paddy Hancox (Hall Green) 28.52 sec 1-1f Track record
1993 Arfur Daley [5] Pond Mirage - Blue Mint II Bert Meadows (Private) 28.89 sec 5-4f
1994 Randy Savage[6] Randy - Sooty Foot Kevin Connor (Canterbury) 29.50 sec 8-1
1995 Elegant Brandy Murlens Slippy - Elegant Dream Ernie Gaskin Sr. (Walthamstow) 29.24 sec 10-1
1996 Dynamic Display Aulton Slippy - Liquid Asset Barry O'Sullivan (Crayford) 29.23 sec 7-2
1997 Tarn Bay Flash Airmount Grand - Highmoor Mist Pat McCombe (Belle Vue) 29.07 sec 4-1
1998 El Tenor Ratify - Ballygar Rose Linda Mullins (Walthamstow) 29.20 sec 11-10f
1999 Hello Buttons Trade Official - Pal Sal Linda Mullins (Walthamstow) 28.13 sec 9-4jf dead-heat
1999 Pottos Storm Droopys Fintan - Certain Way David Mullins (Romford) 28.13 sec 9-4jf dead-heat
2000 Tuttles Minister Alpine Minister - Tuttles Snowie Tommy Foster (Wimbledon) 28.36 sec 3-1
2001 Kish Jaguar Deenside Spark - Bansha Lough Norah McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 28.80 sec 10-1
2002 Ballyvorda Class No Road Back - Group Class Tommy Foster (Wimbledon) 28.24 sec 7-4f
2003 Selby Ben Vintage Prince - Farloe Crib Tommy Foster (Wimbledon) 28.45 sec 12-1
2004 Four Handed Frisby Flashing – Tricamarie Cris Jim Reynolds (Romford) 28.46 sec 6-4f
2005 Lethal Rumble Smooth Rumble – Lake Taz Mark Wallis (Walthamstow) 28.49 sec 9-4f
2006 Suit Man [7] Droopys Kewell – Genuine Ginger Bernie Doyle (Wimbledon) 28.30 sec 13-8f
2007 Jos Cigar [8] Larkhill Jo – Rich Cigar Steve Willey (Sittingbourne) 28.07 sec 9-4
2008 Kildare Lark [9] Roanokee – Allen Joy Jason Foster (Wimbledon) 28.63 sec 7-4f
2009 Hotdog Jack [10] Droopys Vieri – Hare Star Seamus Cahill (Wimbledon) 28.49 sec 2-1f
2010 Plane Daddy [11] Big Daddy Cool – Lordsbury Knows Gemma Davidson (Crayford) 29.21 sec 8-1
2011 Victoria Falls [12] Hades Rocket – Your View Richard Rees (Wimbledon) 29.80 sec 25-1
2012 Baran Bally Hi [13] Tyrur Ted – Druids Judicial Derek Knight (Hove) 29.53 sec 3-1
2013 Mash Mad Snowy [14] Droopys Maldini – Shades Of Snow Seamus Cahill (Hove) 29.31 sec 5-2
2014 Cornamaddy Jumbo [15] Ardkill Jamie – Cornamaddy Maid Mark Wallis (Yarmouth) 29.48 sec 1-1f
2015 Mo's Bullet [16] Ace Hi Rumble – Precious Story Ricky Holloway (Sittingbourne) 29.80 sec 7-1
2016 Ballymac Manix [17] Ballymac Vic – Moyar Kite Seamus Cahill (Hove) 29.32 sec 9-4
2017 Razldazl Raidio[18] Razldazl Rioga - Razldazl Marilyn Ricky Holloway (Central Park) 29.61 2-7f
2018 Parkers Dynamite[19] Kinloch Brae - Toms Delight Mark Wallis (Towcester) 29.46 7-4
2019 Caislean Fifi[20] Superior Product - Ballyegan Fifi Seamus Cahill (Hove) 29.30 10-11f
2020 Roxholme Biscuit[21] Kinloch Brae - Roxholme Magic Ricky Holloway (Central Park) 29.50 5-4f
2021 Meenagh Maverick[22] Droopys Roddick - Slippery Cinders Ricky Holloway (Central Park) 29.53 3-1

Venues & DistancesEdit

  • 1927 (White City, 500 y hurdles)
  • 1928–1974 (White City, 525 y hurdles)
  • 1975–1984 (White City, 500 m hurdles)
  • 1985–1998 (Hall Green, 474 m hurdles)
  • 1999–2009 (Wimbledon, 460 m hurdles)
  • 2010–2011 (Wimbledon, 480 m hurdles)
  • 2012–present (Sittingbourne/Central Park, 480 m hurdles)

SponsorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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