St Leger (Irish greyhounds)

The St Leger is a greyhound racing competition held annually at Limerick Greyhound Stadium at Greenpark, Dock Road, Limerick, Ireland.[1] The competition is an original classic race and was inaugurated in 1932 at Celtic Park in Belfast following the decision by the Irish Coursing Club to issue a new list of classic races.[2]

Irish St Leger
Feature race
LocationLimerick Greyhound Stadium
Inaugurated1932
SponsorMatchbook Betting Exchange
Race information
Distance550 yards
SurfaceSand
Purse€30,000 (winner)

As was the practice at the time the Bord na gCon switched the event each year to a different track. Clonmel Greyhound Stadium, Shelbourne Park and Harolds Cross all played host [3] before it found a permanent home at the old Markets Field Greyhound Stadium in Limerick.[4]

Past winnersEdit

Year Winning Greyhound Breeding Time Trainer SP Notes
1932 Castle Eve Fourth of July – Sally’s Gossip 32.08
1933 Brilliant Bob Other Days – Birchfield Bessie 31.53
1934 Chicken Sandwich Heros Heart – Moor Girl 31.59 Track record
1935 Carras Son Rubio – Cara 31.82
1936 Moresby Roving Bunty – False Colleen 31.68
1937 Cheers For Ballyduff Hes Next – Normans Fancy 31.42
1938 Abbeylara Prudent Turn – Thats The Why 31.61
1939 Negros Crown Prudent Turn – Negros Pet 31.77
1940 Cherrygrove Cross Rejected Light – Dohora Lass 31.82
1942 Monarch of the Glen Carolina Prince – Turn of the Glen 31.28
1943 Monarch of the Glen Carolina Prince – Turn of the Glen 31.48
1944 No Relation Sweeping Cut – Halycon Heart 31.48
1945 Dark Shadow Ruby Border – Coming Now 31.37 Track record
1946 Star Point Bawnmore Lad – Bright Duckling 31.55
1947 Pouleen Boy Another White Sandhills – Broken Weir 31.92
1948 Beau Lion Another Dancing Willie - Brevity 31.52
1949 Ballybeg Surprise Mad Tanist – My Little Diamond 31.55
1950 Maddest Daughter Clounehard Border – Maddest Yet 31.55
1951 Ellas Ivy Ivy Reef – Mara Lass 31.08
1952 Silver Earl King Silver – Ardmachree Eliza 31.25
1953 Gortaleen Shaggy Lad – Magic Maid 31.26
1954 Mount Nagle Surprise Ballybeg Surprise – Mount Nagle Girl 31.10
1955 Doonmore Dreamer Wee Chap – Again Ballyglass 30.98
1956 Prince of Bermuda Champion Prince – Sunora 30.66 Ger McKenna Track record
1957 Kilcaskin Kern Magourna Reject – Pavona 31.05
1958 Firgrove Snowman [5] The Grand Champion – Firgrove Swallow 31.28
1959 Ocean Swell Glittering Look – Don't Ask 31.18
1960 Swanlands Best Man Of Pleasure – Swanland's Neighbour 31.60 Ger McKenna
1961 Jerrys Clipper Jerry's Special – Glittering Queenie 31.10 Jerry O'Dea
1962 Apollo Again Knockrour Again – Redondo Beach 31.26 Ger McKenna
1963 General Courtnowski Man Of Pleasure - Yoblstrap 31.12
1964 Brook Jockey Jockey's Glen – Endurance 31.66 P Boyce
1965 Lovely Chieftain Knockhill Chieftain – Lovely Sister 30.92 Ger McKenna
1966 Movealong Santa Champion Tipp – Movelong Sally 30.92
1967 Yanka Boy Clonalvy Pride – Millie Hawthorn 30.77 Ger McKenna
1968 Pools Punter Oregon Prince – Wild Countess 30.88 9-2
1969 Own Pride Always Proud – Kitty True 30.95 Ger McKenna
1970 Mark Anthony [6] Prairie Flash - Shandaroba 31.02 Tom Lynch 6-1
1971 Time Up Please [7] Newdown Heather – Dogstown Fame 30.56 Ger McKenna
1972 Time Up Please [7] Newdown Heather – Dogstown Fame 31.05 Ger McKenna
1973 Romping To Work [8] Swanky Pa – Go To Work 31.04 Larry Kelly
1974 Lively Band Silver Hope – Kells Queen 31.20 Jack Murphy
1975 Ballybeg Prim[9] Rockfield Era – Ballybeg Pride 30.44 Ger McKenna Track record
1976 Nameless Star Rita’s Choice - Itsastar 30.62 Ger McKenna
1977 Red Rasper Own Pride – Miss Honeygar 31.15 Ger McKenna
1978 Rhu Sole Aim – RigsdaleKuda 31.44 Matt O'Donnell
1979 Airmount Champ Hunday Champion – Winnies Call 31.20 Paddy Keane
1980 Rahan Ship [10] Rail Ship – Rwanyena 30.72 Johnny Haynes
1981 Oran Jack Yellow Band – Spooky Lady 30.62 Rose Grealish
1982 Supreme Tiger Knockrour Tiger-Rising Tide 30.44 Matt O'Donnell
1983 The Stranger Dark Mercury – Lovely Blend 31.04 Christy O'Callaghan
1984 Morans Beef Noble Brigg – Rathkenny Bride 30.06 Ger McKenna
1985 Ballintubber One Killaclug Jet – Ballintubber Peg 30.42 Matt O'Donnell
1986 Storm Villa Aulton Villa – Storm Island 30.65 Matt O'Donnell
1987 Randy Aulton Villa – Melanie 30.23 Christy Daly
1988 Local Kate Wise Band – Local Nell 31.04
1989 Dereen Star Moral Support – Summer Crab 30.24 Matt O'Donnell
1990 Alans Judy I'm Slippy – Fairy Lawn 30.42
1991 Castleland Dream [11] Powerstown Pax – Sail On Witch 30.22 Christy O'Callaghan 5-2
1992 Barefoot Dash Willie Joe – Kilmorna Pearl 30.40 Matt O'Donnell
1993 Barefoot Marty I'm Slippy – Cheeky Carmaur 30.54 Fraser Black
1994 Kilvil Skinner Mathews Gold – Keeleys Friend 30.84 Peter Pattinson
1995 Batties Spirit Batties Whisper – Lady Arrancourt 30.42 Matt O'Donnell
1996 Airmount Rogue Glen Park Dancer – Airmount Kelly 29.89 Gerald Kiely
1997 Fire Fly Leaders Minstrel – Mark of Relief 30.36 AD Marshall 9-2
1998 Deerfield Sunset Vintage Prince - Sunset Blonde 30.03 Dolores Ruth 5-4f
1999 Frisby Flashing Frightful Flash – Centenarys Dream 29.64 Reggie Roberts 1-1f Track record
2000 Extra Dividend [12] Sassy Boy – Sunshine Penny 29.79 Dolores Ruth 8-1
2001 Droopys Kewell [13] Larkhill Jo – Perrys Pusher 30.37 Michael Dunphy 5-2
2002 Larking About [14] Larkhill Jo – Rockys Whisper 29.73 Paul Hennessy 9-4f
2003 Mountleader Rolf [15] Smooth Rumble – Mountleader Diva 30.01 Geraldine O'Mahony 5-2
2004 Never Give Up [16] Spiral Nikita – Dalcash Lament 29.88 Pat Buckley 7-1
2005 Redbarn Panther [17] Jamella Tiger - Itsabouttimerose 29.72 Liam Egan 4-1
2006 Indesacjack [18] Pacific Mile – JasonsSmokie 29.66 Jim Morrissey 2-1f
2007 Lughill Jo [19] Larkhill Jo – Lughill Rose 29.37 Owen McKenna 3-1
2008 Boherash Gaoithe [20] World Class – Boherash Charity 29.71 Joan Hanrahan 14-1
2009 Bar Blackstone [21] Head Bound – Blackstone Sky 29.62 Sean Dunphy 2-1jf
2010 Farley Turbo [22] Hondo Black – Blue Honey 29.57 Owen McKenna 3-1 Track record
2011 What A Tornado [23] Crash – Natural Energy 29.58 Paul Hennessy 7-4f
2012 Cashen Mafuma [24] Cashen Legend – Shakira Live 29.57 Chris Houlihan 8-1
2013 Locnamon Bridie [25] Royal Impact – Locnamon Nell 29.34 Paul Hennessy 3-1jf
2014 Paradise Silva [26] Hondo Black – Dalcash Diva 29.50 Pat Buckley 6-4f
2015 Skywalker Rory [27] Skywalker Puma – Tarsna Sal 29.47 Patrick Guilfoyle 7-2
2016 Priceless Brandy [28] Mall Brandy – Tullowmac Java 29.30 Paul Hennessy 4-5f
2017 Clonbrien Hero [29] Razldazl Jayfkay – Trout or Salmon 29.60 Graham Holland 5-2jf
2018 Blastoff Jet [30] Droopys Jet – Blastoff Annie 29.65 Philip Buckley 5-1
2019 Ballymac Anton [31] Ballymac Best – Coolavanny Angie 29.53 Liam Dowling 4-1
2020 Epic Hero[32] Droopys Jet – Ravenna 29.44 Thomas O'Donovan No SP+ +due to COVID-19
2021 Ballymac Merlin[33] Vulturi – Ballymac Belle 29.68 Liam Dowling 8/1

Venues & DistancesEdit

  • Celtic Park (1932, 1943 550y)
  • Clonmel (1933 550y)
  • Shelbourne Park (1934, 1936, 1938, 1939 550y)
  • Harolds Cross (1935, 1937, 1942 550y)
  • Limerick (1940 & 1944-present 550y)

SponsorsEdit

  • 2002–2017 (Kerry Agribusiness)
  • 2018–2018 (Barking Buzz App)
  • 2019–2020 (Friends of Limerick)
  • 2021–2021 (Matchbook Betting Exchange)

ReferencesEdit

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