Puppy Derby (Irish greyhounds)

This page is about the Irish Greyhound Race. For the British race, see The Puppy Derby.

Irish Juvenile/Puppy Derby
Feature race
LocationShelbourne Park
Inaugurated1943
SponsorSIS
Race information
Distance525 yards
SurfaceSand
QualificationPuppies only
(15-24 months old)
Purse€20,000 (winner)

The Puppy Derby also known as the Juvenile Derby is a greyhound racing competition held annually at Shelbourne Park in Dublin, Ireland. The event switched to Shelbourne following the closure of Harold's Cross Stadium in the city district of Harold's Cross.[1]

It is a major competition inaugurated in 1943 and is an integral part of the Irish greyhound racing calendar. [2] The event is the Irish equivalent of the Puppy Derby held in the UK at Wimbledon Stadium. The competition restricted to puppies has a tradition for providing many stars of the future. [3] Following the closure of Harolds Cross the event was switched to Shelbourne Park in 2017.[4] [5]

Past winnersEdit

Year Winner Breeding Time Trainer SP
1943 Fawn Cherry Manhattan Midnight – Merry Cherry 28.36
1944 Astra Tanist – Mad Darkie 28.52 7-4
1945 Shaggy Lad[6] Castledown Lad – Shaggy Shore 27.98 1-10f
1946 Ten Derrys Tanist – Derryten 28.54
1947 Fearless Invader Cameron – Absent Girl 28.70
1948 Buzz on Train Train – Buzz On Peg 28.91 7-2
1949 For Sure Bellas Prince – Fly Dancer 28.60
1950 Sealed Castle Manhattan Seale – Cottage Lake 28.51
1951 Odile's Latch Glenview Shaggy – Odilles Fancy 29.97
1952 Ollys Pal Bellas Prince – Quare Fire 29.89
1953 Baytown Colt Bahs Choice – Baytown Angel 30.30
1954 The Grand Streak The Grand Champion – Take Murex 30.12
1955 Master of Me[7] Dare Devil - Beware of Me 30.00 Bernie Moran 25-1
1956 Leg It Lucy Slaney Record – Settara 29.93
1957 Prince Olly Champion Prince – Ollys Blackie 30.11
1958 Balrath Flute 30.18 P McLoughlin
1959 Choc Ice Cheerful Chariot – For Certain Sure 29.80
1960 King Niall 30.68
1961 Wild Spark 29.75
1962 Kudas Tiger Sword Dance – Pretty Kuda 29.55
1963 Fleadh Music Clopook – Sight Unseen 29.40
1964 Wonder Guest[8] Chieftains Guest – Some Gold 29.96 Wilhelmina Lennon
1965 Prince of Roses Oregon Prince – Cockleshell Rose 29.40 John Lacy
1966 Little Kate Hi Con – Primrose Girlie 30.17
1967 Quarrymount Prim Wonder Valley – Peace Time 29.70 J Mackey
1968 Always Keen Always Proud – Liberlatinus 29.75 Ger McKenna
1969 Ballad Deuce Of Tigers – Dublin Star 29.64 A Duffy
1970 Hey Dizzy [9] Russian Gun – Keel Head 29.74 Tom Lynch 25-1
1971 Luminous Lady Always Proud – Land Mist 29.70 D Lennon
1972 Clane Royal Menelaus – Clane Shamrock 30.20 Tom Lynch
1973 Blessington Boy [10] Monalee Champion – The Powder Plot 29.68 D Horgan
1974 Shamrock Point [11] Monalee Champion – Gruelling Point 29.48 Ger McKenna
1975 Elsinore Silver The Grand Silver – Faneys Walk 29.40 Paddy Keane
1976 Glen Rock [12] Monalee Champion – Fit Me In 29.08 Paddy Nugent
1977 Hammond Tranquility Sea – Run For Cover 29.46 Ger McKenna
1978 Greenhill Paddy Supreme Fun – Greenhill Fairy 29.40 Tommy Kane
1979 Tivoli Cant Can’t Decide – Swanky Debbie 29.88 Ger McKenna
1980 Killahora Cha Itsachampion – Killahora Lady 29.42 Mary McGrath
1981 Greenwood Robic [13] Ritas Choice – Egmont Cindy 29.82 Tom Lynch
1982 Aulton Villa Killaclug Jet – Lady Maiden 29.30 Junior Reddan
1983 Lauragh Six Garradrimna – Emmerdale Pride 29.04 Ger McKenna
1984 Summerhill Jet Liberty Lad – Ceili Critic 29.24 Michael Enright
1985 Burnpark Black [14] Sinbad – Burnpark Lass 29.32 Michael Browne
1986 Dreams Of Kerry Yellow Band – Wilton Cross 29.88 Junior Reddan
1987 Make History Game Ball – Raymonds Pride 29.38 Johnny Quigley
1988 Airmount Grand Daleys Gold- Airmount Jewel 29.26 Gerald Kiely
1989 Crossford Dana Meeniyan Prince- Crossford Daisy 29.32 Martin Boran
1990 Summerhill Super Daleys Gold- Tiny Tolcas 29.19 Michael Enright
1991 Polnoon Chief Daleys Gold- Drumbeg Bracken 29.98 Fraser Black
1992 Barefoot Racer Hit The Lid- Barefoot Miss 29.06 Matt O'Donnell
1993 Supplement Adraville Bridge –Under The Clock 29.28 Eddie Wade
1994 Glaskenny Echo[15] Lodge Prince - Rons Echo 28.80 Tony Byrne 2-1f
1995 Airmount Rogue Glen Park Dancer – Airmount Kelly 28.94 Gerald Kiely 5-1
1996 Rantogue Pride Alpine Minister - Rantogue Queen 29.04 George Royal
1997 Treasury Tag Phantom Flash – Browside Pat 29.05 Francie Murray 5-1
1998 Prince Of Tinrah [16] Frightful Flash - Queen Of Tinrah 28.50 Dolores Ruth 5-2f
1999 Cool Performance Mustang Jack - Pony Nikita 28.50 Robert Gleeson 2-1f
2000 Droopys Vieri Top Honcho – Droopys Fergie 28.36 Paul Young (England) 4-6f
2001 Rutland Budgie Come On Ranger – Yasmin Jade 28.34 Paul Hennessy 5-2jf
2002 Fortune Mike Top Honcho – Dons Pride 28.40 Mike Keane 9-4
2003 Droopys Cahill Top Honcho – Droopys Kristin 28.56 Ian Reilly 6-4f
2004 Droopys Brooklyn Brookside Bear – Droopys Aisling 29.17 Ian Reilly 6-1
2005 Greenwell Storm Spiral Nikita – Greenwell Star 28.46 Fraser Black 6-1
2006 Oran Majestic Daves Mentor – Droopys Lauren 28.71 John McGee Sr. 7-2
2007 Royal Treason [17] Top Honcho – Three Star Girl 29.12 Ollie Bray 3-1
2008 Droopys Noel [18] Westmead Hawk – Drive On Buzz 28.49 John Linehan 11-2
2009 Tullymurry Act [19] Top Honcho – Europa Spitfire 28.57 Pat Buckley 7-4
2010 Melodys Royal [20] Royal Impact – Talita Beauty 28.78 Pa Fitzgerald 8-1
2011 Sparta Maestro [21] Crash – Tinrah Kewell 28.59 Philip Gough 5-4f
2012 Razldazl Luke [22] Razldazl Billy – Local Mol 28.52 Dolores Ruth 5-2
2013 Vanrooney [23] Ace Hi Rumble – Lady Deise 28.66 Owen McKenna 7-2
2014 Quietly [24] Tullymurry Act – Ballymac Bra 28.74 Ian Reilly 7-1
2015 Anopheles [25] Droopys Scolari – Ballymac Razl 28.84 Liam Dowling 10-1
2016 Droopys Wilbury [26] Romeo Recruit – Droopys Keisha 28.21 Pat Buckley 3-1
2017 Skywalker Rafa [27] Laughil Blake – Coolavanny Royce 28.40 Michael J O'Donovan 10-1
2018 Balline Kyle [28] Skywalker Puma – Galway Fancy 28.40 John Byrne 4-1
2019 Broadstrand Bono[29] Droopys Sydney – Droopys Blossom 28.15 John Linehan 6–4f
2020 Skywalker Barry[30] Droopys Jet – Calzaghe Jan 28.13 Mark O'Donovan N/A
2021 Droopys Gloss[31] Coolavanny Jap – Droopys Talia 28.49 John Linehan 5–2cf

Venues & DistancesEdit

  • 1943–1998 (Harolds Cross 525 yards)
  • 1999–1999 (Shelbourne Park 525 yards)
  • 2000–2016 (Harolds Cross 525 yards)
  • 2017–present (Shelbourne 525 yards)

SponsorsEdit

  • 1994–1994 Red Mills
  • 2007–2012 Harolds Cross Bookmakers
  • 2013–2020 Dublin Coach
  • 2021–present SIS

ReferencesEdit

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