Oaks (Irish greyhounds)

This page is about the Irish Greyhound Race. For the British race, see Oaks (greyhounds).

Irish Oaks
Feature Race race
LocationShelbourne Park
Inaugurated1930 (unofficial)
1932 (official)
SponsorSporting Press
Race information
Distance525 yards
SurfaceSand
Purse€25,000 (winner)

The Oaks is a greyhound racing competition held annually at Shelbourne Park.[1]

First held at Harold's Cross in 1930, the event was unofficial until 1932. It is an original classic competition in the Irish racing greyhound racing calendar and was officially inaugurated in 1932 following the decision by the Irish Coursing Club to issue a new list of classic races.[2][3]

The event was shared around several tracks in Ireland starting with Clonmel Greyhound Stadium from 1932-1933 and then the two Dublin venues of Shelbourne Park and Harold's Cross Stadium. Before World War II the old Cork Greyhound Stadium and Markets Field Greyhound Stadium in Limerick also both hosted the competition.

After the war Shelbourne Park and Harold's Cross both shared the race until sole control was taken by Shelbourne Park in 1992.[4]

Past winnersEdit

Year Winning Greyhound Breeding Time Trainer SP
1930 Keerie Brave Mutton Cutlet – Keen Gift 30.90 Richard Keane
1932 Queen of the Suir Mutton Cutlet – Burette 30.80
1933 Loophole Open Steak – Last Plum 30.55
1934 Chocolate Kid Cheerful Choice – Style Kid 31.18
1935 The Fenian Bride Mutton Cutlet – Moleskin Peggy 30.73
1936 Chicken Sandwich Heros Heart – Moor Girl 30.73
1937 Godivas Turn Prudent Turn – Poor But Honest 30.61
1938 Gentle Sally Again Noras Cutlet – Stream View Fashion II 30.13
1939 Janetta Hunloke Dee Rock – Truite Bleue 30.47
1942 Fair Mistress Saccadee – Edith Bronte 30.10
1943 Mad Printer Printer – Mad Darkie 30.05
1944 My Little Daisy Luck Laddie – Clongowney Girl 30.08
1945 Paladins Charm Uacterlainn Riac – Paladin 30.70
1946 Cold Christmas Tanist – Cold Evening 29.86
1947 Belle O'Manhattan Manhattan Midnight – Raithneach 30.46
1948 Lovely Louisa Mad Tanist – Fair Light 29.90
1949 Coolkill Darkie Mad Tanist – Braemar Mersey 30.36
1950 Celtic Gem Lucky Tanist – Celtic Queen 30.00
1951 Glenco Pearl Western Post – Pearl Hermann 30.23 Paddy Moclair
1952 Peaceful Lady Mad Tanist – Elm Green 29.95
1953 Peaceful Lady Mad Tanist – Elm Green 30.11
1954 Wild Iris Mad Tanist – Crosty Lady 30.04
1955 Prairie Peg The Grand Champion – Prairie Vixen 29.55
1956 Baytown Dell Ollys Pal – Baytown Brunette 29.99
1957 Gallant Maid The Grand Champion – Ash Haunts 30.02
1958 Ballet Festival Champion Prince – Peaceful Lady 29.73
1959 Last Landing Man Of Pleasure – Dannys Gift 30.09
1960 Tristam Hi There – Prairie Lil 30.03
1961 Just Sherry Knock Hill Chieftain – Nimble Star 29.95
1962 Purty Good Jungle Man – Pocket Glass 29.78
1963 Cherry Express Man Of Pleasure – Clementine 29.87
1964 Knock Her Knock Hill Chieftain – Don't Ask 29.98 T O'Shaughnessy
1965 Drumsough Princess Hi There – Gettysburgh Princess 29.76
1966 Hairdresser The Glen Abbey – Billum 29.40
1967 Kevinsfort Queen Prairie Flash – Miss Grindl 29.79
1968 Orwell Parade Racing Rory – Orwell Wonder 29.96
1969 Itsamint Prairie Flash – Cranog Bet 29.35
1970 Rosmore Robin Clonmannon Flash – Con Robin 29.60
1971 Blissful Pride Mad Era – Ballybeg Pride 29.30 Leslie McNair
1972 Brandon Velvet Brandon Jungle – Hi Trend 29.45
1973 Romping To Work Swanky Pa – Go To Work 29.20 Larry Kelly
1974 Fur Collar Yanka Boy – Handbag 29.40
1975 Main Avenue Kilbelin Style – Speckled Fawn 28.98
1976 Clashing Daisy Clashing – Chief Legacy 29.64
1977 Snow Maiden Sole Aim – Gallant And Gay 29.09
1978 Hail Fun Laurdella Fun – Westmead Hail 29.40 E McGeough 8-1
1979 Nameless Pixie [5] Monalee Champion - Itsastar 29.34 Ger McKenna
1980 Strange Legend Sand Man – Maythorn Pride 29.34
1981 Claremount May Shamrock Sailor – Claremount Queen 29.52 Niall Maher 6-1
1982 My Last Hope Gaily Noble – Tobago Charm 29.32
1983 Quick Suzy Shamrock Sailor – Big Deposit 29.38 Colm McGrath
1984 Burnpark Sally [6] You Genius – Burnpark Lass 28.92 Michael Browne
1985 Airmount Jewel Sail On II – Airmount Rose 29.06
1986 Meadowbank Tip Citizen Supreme – Shandon Anne 29.34
1987 Yale Princess Whisper Wishes – Saga Miss 29.42 Matt O'Donnell
1988 Tracy Budd Moral Support – Sandy Sally 29.26
1989 Picture Card Soda Fountain – Picture This 29.40
1990 Bornacurra Liz County Final – Lizzies Flower 29.10
1991 Gentle Soda Soda Fountain – Gentle Approach 29.12 Hugh Davies (Powderhall) 9-10f
1992 Old Spinster Glen Park Dancer – Hawkfield Music 29.42
1993 Libertys Echo Kyle Jack – My Liberty 29.48
1994 Shimmering Wings Alpine Minister – Narabane Gosh 29.23
1995 Cool Survivor Lodge Prince – Gunboat Ann 29.35
1996 Fossabeg Maid Lodge Prince - Fossabeg Rose 29.51
1997 Borna Best Boyne Walk – Firm Mist 28.86 Ruairi Dwan 9-4f
1998 April Surprise Beaming Supreme – Serene Lady 28.95 Paul Hennessy 5-1
1999 Borna Survivor Staplers Jo – Cool Survivor 28.67 Ruairi Dwan 4-5f
2000 Marinas Tina [7] Staplers Jo – Tina Marina 28.56 Seamus Graham 9-4f
2001 Marinas Tina [8] Staplers Jo – Tina Marina 28.60 Seamus Graham 4-7f
2002 Lifes Beauty Staplers Jo – Annies Touch 28.70 Nick Turner 6-1
2003 Axle Grease Top Honcho – Fees Chance 28.64 Ollie Bray 11-10f
2004 Legal Moment Judicial Pride – Legal Jan 28.59 Pat Buckley 2-1f
2005 Grayslands Pixie Larkhill Jo – Newry Beo 28.78 Bill O'Hare 7-4f
2006 Shelbourne Becky Spiral Nikita – Shanless Rose 28.58 Keeley McGee 5-2
2007 Ms Firecracker Magical Captain – Aughavas 28.54 Patrick Guilfoyle 10-1
2008 Oran Majestic Daves Mentor – Droopys Lauren 29.02 John McGee Sr. 11-10f
2009 Skywalker Queen Razldazl Billy – Nifty Princess 28.24 Frances O'Donnell 9-4
2010 Dalcash Dvinsky [9] Ace Hi Rumble – Dalcash Diva 28.41 Jack Meade 9-4f
2011 Droopys Twirl [10] Westmead Hawk - Droopys Rena 28.42 John Linehan 2-1
2012 Milldean Tally [11] Head Bound – Talita Beauty 28.75 John O'Flynn 9-4
2013 Locnamon Bridie [12] Royal Impact – Locnamon Nell 28.23 Paul Hennessy 5-1
2014 Velvet All Jam [13] Velvet Cash – Droopys Snowdrop 28.42 Mike Buckley 2/1
2015 Ballydoyle Honey [14] Brett Lee – Kildallon Maid 28.47 Graham Holland 1/5f
2016 Witches Belle [15] Droopys Scolari – Lemon Belle 28.44 Liam Twomey 6/1
2017 Forest Natalee [16] Ballymac Vic – Droopys Danneel 28.37 Martin Lanney 3/1
2018 Jaytee Jordan [17] Laughil Blake – Gorgeous Gal 28.47 Paul Hennessy 7/2
2019 Killmacdonagh[18] Zero Ten – Deercrest Lady 28.17 Kieran Lynch 4/1
2020 Ballymac Beanie[19] Ballymac Matt – Coolavanny Pet 28.18 Declan Byrne No SP
2021 Susie Sapphire[20] Droopys Jet – Jetstream Lynx 28.15 Owen McKenna 3/1
2022 Raha Mofo[21] Droopys Sydney – Clares Queen 28.14 Martin 'Murt' Leahy 3/1

Venues and distancesEdit

  • 1932-1933 (Clonmel)
  • 1930, 1934, 1936, 1938 (Harolds Cross)
  • 1935, 1937 (Shelbourne Park)
  • 1939, 1943 (Cork)
  • 1942 (Limerick)
  • 1944 Harolds Cross then alternate years with Shelbourne until 1970.
  • 1970-1976, 1982, 1984, 1991 (Harolds Cross)
  • 1977-1981, 1983, 1985-1990 & 1992-present (Shelbourne Park)

SponsorsEdit

  • 1978-1978 (Sean Kelly Dublin Bookmakers)
  • 2003-present (Sporting Press)

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, page 331. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  3. ^ "Feature Events" (PDF). Irish Greyhound Board.
  4. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008, page 173-174. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
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  13. ^ "2014 Sporting Press Oaks final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  14. ^ "2015 Result". Irish Greyhound Board.
  15. ^ "2016 Result". Irish Greyhound Board.
  16. ^ "2017 result". Irish Greyhound Board.
  17. ^ "2018 Oaks final". Irish Greyhound Board.
  18. ^ "2019 Sporting Press Oaks". Irish Greyhound Board.
  19. ^ "The 2020 Sporting Press Oaks Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  20. ^ "Sporting Press Online Edition Irish Oaks Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  21. ^ "Sporting Press OnLine Edition Irish Oaks Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland. Retrieved 24 June 2022.