St Leger (greyhounds)

The St Leger is an original classic greyhound competition.[1]

St Leger
Original classic - Category 1 race
LocationPerry Barr Stadium
Inaugurated1928
SponsorArena Racing Company
Race information
Distance710 metres
SurfaceSand
Purse£10,000 (winner)

It was run at Wembley Stadium from 1928 until 1998 but when the Wembley Greyhounds ended it moved to Wimbledon Stadium in 1999.[2] The race is considered to be the premier stayers (between 500 and 700 metres) competition in greyhound racing.[3]

The competition came to an end at Wimbledon after the 2016 running before being switched to GRA sister track Perry Barr.[4] The prize money has reduced in recent times due to financial issues in 2010 and the loss of a Sky TV contract more recently.[5] [6]

Past winnersEdit

[7]

Year Winner Breeding Trainer Time SP Notes
1928 Burletta Jock's Lodge - Fasten Fast Alf Mulliner (Wembley) 41.91 sec 5-2
1929 Loughnagare Loafer - Hands Off Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 42.76 sec 4-9f
1930 Maidens Boy Guiding Hand - Maiden Hymn S.Young (Private) 41.48 sec 4-9f
1931 Mick The Miller Glorious Event - Na Boc Lei Sidney Orton (Wimbledon) 41.31 sec 1-1f
1932 Fret Not Lenin - Laughing Lady Leslie Reynolds (White City) 41.35 sec 7-2
1933 The Daw Service Kit - Crazy Margaret Sidney Probert (Wembley) 41.24 sec 6-4f
1934 Bosham Hertford - White Cap Leslie Reynolds (White City) 41.17 sec 13-8
1935 Satans Baby Blower - Golden Valley Les Parry (White City) 40.95 sec 10-11f
1936 Ataxy Inler - Gosha Bead Leslie Reynolds (White City) 40.39 sec 6-4
1937 Grosvenor Bob Golden Hammer - Wonderful Expression Jim Syder Sr. (Wembley) 41.13 sec 1-2f
1938 Gretas Rosary Mick the Miller - Greta Ranee Eddie Wright (Harringay) 40.82 sec 7-4jf
1939 Gayhunter Dans Leg - Trianon Lass Eddie Wright (Harringay) 41.79 sec 7-4
1945 Robeen Printer Dans Leg - DeocDeireannach George McKay (Coventry) 40.03 sec 2-5f
1946 Bohernagraga Boy Tact - Crony Jim Syder Jr. (Wembley) 39.92 sec 1-1f
1947 Dante II Well Squared - Olives Idol Bob Burls (Wembley) 39.70 sec 2-9f
1948 Streets After Midnight Street Rebel - Midnight Biddy Les Parry (White City) 40.40 sec 5-2
1949 Lovely Rio Fish Hill - Rio Czarina Jack Harvey (Wembley) 40.77 sec 7-1
1950 Fawn Mack Yankee Mack - Light Buzzer George Curtis (Park Royal) 40.56 sec 11-10f
1951 Black Mire [8] Darkies Gift - Kelton Flash Jack Toseland (Perry Barr) 40.19 sec 2-1
1952 Funny Worker [9] Funny Mick - Monas Lamb Bob Burls (Wembley) 40.50 sec 6-1
1953 Magourna Reject Astras Son - Saucy Dame Tom 'Paddy' Reilly (Walthamstow) 39.88 sec 7-4f
1954 Pancho Villa Mad Birthday - Golden Withins Jack Harvey (Wembley) 40.99 sec 1-1f
1955 Title Role Celtic Chef - Coolkill Darkie Jack Harvey (Wembley) 40.78 sec 4-1
1956 Jakfigaralt The Grand Champion - Prairie Vixen Joe Booth (Private) 40.50 sec 7-2
1957 Duke of Alva Ballymac Ball - Marchioness Minnie Dicky Myles (Coventry) 39.97 sec 4-6f
1958 Barrys Prince Champion Prince - Ballyglass Again Jack Harvey (Wembley) 40.01 sec 4-1
1959 Wincot Clifford Fly Prince - Whoosh Jack Toseland (Perry Barr) 40.25 sec 5-4f
1960 Jungle Man Man of Pleasure - Seafield Biddy Harry Tasker (Private) 40.08 sec 2-1
1961 Clonalvy Pride [10] Solar Prince - Asmena Jack Harvey (Wembley) 39.64 sec 4-7f
1962 Powerstown Prospect Hi There - Faoide Ronnie Melville (Harringay) 40.02 sec 8-1
1963 Friendly Lass Hi There - Sallys Gossip Tony Dennis (Private) 40.15 sec 2-1
1964 Lucky Hi There Hi There - Olives Bonny Jimmy Jowett (Clapton) 39.90 sec 1-2f
1965 Greenane Flash Prairie Flash - Greenane Item Jimmy Quinn (Perry Barr) 40.13 sec 2-1
1966 Summer Guest Chieftains Guest - Summer Lady Wilf France (Harringay) 40.03 sec 11-8f
1967 O'Haras Rebel Odd Venture - Pure Hand Bob Burls (Wembley) 39.54 sec 6-1
1968 Forward King Crazy Parachute - Supreme Witch Ted Brennan (Owlerton) 39.98 sec 9-4
1969 Crefogue Dancer [11] Printers Present - Crefogue Bob Burls (Wembley) 39.65 sec 8-1
1970 Spotted Rory Shanes Legacy - Dainty Flash Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 40.28 sec 2-1f
1971 Dolores Rocket Newdown Heather - Come on Dolores Herbert White (Private) 40.03 sec 1-2f
1972 Ramdeen Stuart Sallys Story - Any Streak Norman Oliver (Brough Park) 39.82 sec 2-1
1973 Case Money Booked Out - Jamboree Judy Ted Parker (Harringay) 39.89 sec 6-4jf
1974 Cute Caddie Red Barrel - Fellside Tiny David Kinchett (White City) 41.17 sec 4-1
1975 Tartan Khan Spectre - Chilled Sweet Gwen Lynds (Bletchley) 39.45 sec 7-2 Track Record
1976 Westmead Champ Westmead County - Hacksaw Pam Heasman (Hackney) 39.90 sec 9-4
1977 Stormy Spirit Spectre - Nora Again Joe Pickering (White City) 40.22 sec 10-1
1978 Westmead Power Westmead County - Westmead Damson Natalie Savva (Coventry) 39.67 sec 4-5f
1979 Kilmagoura Mist Yanka Boy - Kilmagoura Fair Tom Johnston Jr. (Wembley) 40.04 sec 9-2
1980 Fair Reward Flip Your Top - Modest Style Bob Young (Private) 40.46 sec 5-2
1981 Fox Watch Ritas Choice - Queen of Moray Jill Holt (Private) 40.17 sec 5-2jf
1982 Huberts Shade Luminous Lad - Huberts Fate Adam Jackson (Wembley) 39.83 sec 13-2
1983 Easy and Slow Sand Man - Lucky Arrival Adam Jackson (Wembley) 40.37 sec 5-2
1984 Gizzajob Knockrour Bank - Move 'n' Groove John Coleman (Romford) 40.28 sec 33-1
1985 Jet Circle Jet Control - Kielduff Fun Ted Dickson (Wembley) 40.14 sec 11-4
1986 Lone Wolf Yankee Express - Breeze Valley George Curtis (Brighton) 39.99 sec 9-2
1987 Life Policy Lindas Champion - Lucky Friend Bob Young (Brighton) 39.96 sec 12-1
1988 Exile Energy Gambling Fever - Princess Nora Gary Baggs (Walthamstow) 39.76 sec 9-2
1989 Manx Marajax Easy And Slow - Darian Ivy Nigel Saunders (Belle Vue) 39.87 sec 33-1
1990 Match Point Tico - Cuddles Sandy Terry Kibble (Bristol) 39.92 sec 7-1
1991 Temps Perdu Coolmona Man - Miss Tico Albert Hill (Private) 40.18 sec 9-4jf
1992 Airmount Flash Mr John Dee - Airmount Mary Jimmy Gibson (Belle Vue) 39.81 sec 3-1
1993 Galleydown Boy Flashy Sir - Annies Last John Copplestone (Reading) 40.06 sec 13-2
1994 Ballarue Minx[12] Greenpark Fox - Ballarue Suzy Bill Masters (Hove) 39.65 sec 7-2
1995 Kens Dilemma Murlens Slippy - Daisys Spirit Theo Mentzis (Rye House) 39.80 sec 2-1f
1996 Spring Rose Galtymore Lad - Rachels Baby Charlie Lister OBE (Nottingham) 39.29 sec 2-5f
1997 Tralee Crazy Ratify - Dennys Daisy Nick Savva (Walthamstow) 39.41 sec 4-1
1998 Droopys Pacino Phantom Flash - Droopys Fergie Tony Bullen (Private) 39.67 sec 4-1
1999 Dilemmas Lad Frightful Flash - Kens Dilemma Nick Savva (Milton Keynes) 40.56 sec 5-1
2000 Palace Issue Deerpark Jim - Clear Issue Linda Mullins (Walthamstow) 40.74 sec 1-2f
2001 Frisby Folly Toms the Best - Frisby Fanfare Harry Crapper (Sheffield) 40.74 sec 3-1
2002 Alibuk Lad Toms The Best - Glencoe Star Dilys Steels (Private) 40.95 sec 10-1
2003 Shelbourne Star Eyeman - Rapid Passion Brian Clemenson (Hove) 41.21 sec 4-7f
2004 Roxholme Girl Pacific Mile – Gilded Choice Hayley Keightley (Private) 41.32 sec 3-1
2005 Greenacre Lin [13] Top Honcho – First To Return Brian Clemenson (Hove) 41.16 sec 7-4f
2006 Ninja Blue [14] Roanokee – Ballycummer Jil Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 41.52 sec 11-4
2007 Spiridon Louis [15] Droopys Vieri – Early Flight Lorraine Sams (Crayford) 40.86 sec 4-1
2008 Bubbly Totti [16] World Class – Droopys Seville Ted Soppitt (Private) 41.06 sec 1-4f
2009 Kinda Easy [17] Just The Best – Kinda Sleepy Mark Wallis (Harlow) 40.57 sec 2-1jf
2010 Droopys Bradley [18] Droopys Kewell – Droopys Mo Paul Donovan (Wimbledon) 41.48 sec 1-2f
2011 Aero Majestic [19] Hondo Black – Rough Illusion Mark Wallis (Yarmouth) 41.62 sec 11-4
2012 Blonde Reagan [20] Hometown Boy Nga – Swift Babe Mark Wallis (Yarmouth) 41.87 sec 5-2f
2013 Farloe Tango [21] Hondo Black – Farloe Oyster Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 41.40 sec 5-4f Track Record
2014 Roxholme Dream [22] Timor Blue – Lemon Blossom Hayley Keightley (Swindon) 41.68 sec 7-4f
2015 Fizzypop Buddy [23] Tubbertelly Dubh – Saleen Queen June Harvey (Wimbledon) 41.49 sec 9-2
2016 Ferryforth Fran [24] College Causeway - Diegos Lady Mark Wallis (Towcester) 41.90 sec 20-1
2017 Rubys Rascal [25] Razldazl George – Swift Eva Mark Wallis (Towcester) 42.99 sec 3–1
2018 Calico Ranger [26] Holdem Spy – Wont Fall Behind Carol Weatherall (Henlow) 43.09 sec 9–4
2019 Redzer Ardfert [27][28] Paradise Madison – Have You One Brendan Maunsell (Ireland) 43.12 sec 5–4f
2020 Smallmead[29] Definate Opinion – Ballymac Razl John Mullins (Yarmouth) 43.37 sec 10–1
2021 Space Jet[30] Droopys Jet – Volcano Matt Dartnall (Central Park) 42.59 sec 10–3 Track record

Venues and DistancesEdit

  • 1927–1974 (Wembley Stadium, 700 y)
  • 1975–1998 (Wembley Stadium, 655 m)
  • 1999–2002 (Wimbledon Stadium, 660 m)
  • 2003–2009 (Wimbledon Stadium, 698 m)
  • 2010–2016 (Wimbledon Stadium, 687 m)
  • 2017–present (Perry Barr Stadium, 710 m)

SponsorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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