The Puppy Derby

The Puppy Derby is a greyhound competition held at Towcester Greyhound Stadium.[1]

Puppy Derby
Category 1 race
1962 Puppy Derby final Mrs Cearns.jpg
Puppy Derby 1962
LocationTowcester Greyhound Stadium
Inaugurated1929
SponsorRacing Post GTV
Race information
Distance500 metres
SurfaceSand
QualificationPuppies only
(15-24 months old)
Purse£10,000

The event was held at Wimbledon Stadium from 1929 to 2016,[2][3] until the closure of the stadium in 2017.

Other Puppy Derby races have been created by other race tracks including the Midland Puppy Derby and despite some of these races matching or surpassing the original Puppy Derby for prize money at certain times they do not carry the same prestige.[4]

In 2017 the race switched from Wimbledon and the GRA to Towcester and the prize money increased to £20,000 to the winner, bringing the race back to its former glory[5][6] When it switched to Towcester in 2017 it was only held for one year because the track closed and the event was switched to Henlow. It then reverted to sister track Towcester in 2020, when it re-opened under promoter Kevin Boothby.

Past winnersEdit

[7]

Year Winner Breeding Trainer Time SP Notes
1929 So Green Running Rein - Salsette Jim Syder Sr. (Wembley) 30.73 sec 4-6f
1930 Mountain Loafer Loafer - Mountain Gift Paddy McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 30.00 sec 4-6f
1931 Lavaka Loafer - Rosina Jerry Hannafin (Wimbledon) 30.00 sec 2-1
1932 Mikado Beauty Hertford - Little Fawn Biddy Jim Syder Sr. (Wembley) 29.81 sec 4-9f
1933 Denham Robin Deemster - Beauvallon Mrs E.G.Westley (Private) 29.31 sec 4-5f
1934 Tosto Border Line - Ranting Rhyme Sidney Orton (Wimbledon) 28.87 sec 5-2 dead-heat
1934 Maidens Delight Maiden's Boy - Springfield Sal Miss Young (Private) 28.87 sec 11-10f dead-heat
1935 Flying Joule Silver Seal - Hidden Pride Marjorie Yate (Private) 29.26 sec 1-1f
1936 Berwick Law Future Cutlet - Lily Bell Les Parry (Powderhall) 29.63 sec 100-8
1937 Junior Classic Beef Cutlet - Lady Eleanor Joe Harmon (Wimbledon) 28.86 sec 4-6f
1938 Grosvenor Ferdinand Golden Hammer - Wonderful Expression F.S.Rolfe (Private) 29.04 sec 10-1
1939 Keel Border Creamery Border - Keel Ruby Joe Harmon (Wimbledon) 29.08 sec 11-8f
1940 Grosvenor Flexion Wily Captain - Cook Street Joe Harmon (Wimbledon) 29.45 sec 5-4f
1941 Laughing Lieutenant Beef Cutlet - Maid Of Tenby Bert Heyes (White City) 29.41 sec 1-1f
1942 Clows Top J.H. - Chanceful Sid Jennings (Wembley) 28.99 sec 6-1
1943 Allardstown Playboy Strong Mutton - Lazy Girl Stanley Biss (Private) 29.32 sec 9-4
1944 Prancing Kitty Tanist - Be Careful Kitty Bill Weaver (Catford) 29.20 sec 2-1
1945 Lee Ripple Tiro - Dame Of The House Stanley Biss (Clapton) 28.81 sec 11-4
1946 Castletown Tiptoes [8] Castledown Lad - Hotcap Sidney Orton (Wimbledon) 29.20 sec 2-1f
1947 Mad Birthday Mad Tanist - Bella's Bloom Stanley Biss (Clapton) 28.56 sec 2-5f
1948 Saft Alex Mad Tanist - Fair Light Jack Toseland (Perry Barr) 28.72 sec 11-10
1949 Ballycurreen Garrett Ballycurreen Duke - Ballymakeera Keeper Jack Harvey (Wembley) 29.21 sec 6-1
1950 Rushton Smutty [9] Mad Tanist - Summer Frock Jack Harvey (Wembley) 28.96 sec 4-7f
1951 Moreton Ann Grand Hussar - Moreton Lily Jack Harvey (Wembley) 28.59 sec 6-1
1952 Lizette Master Captain - Dorothy Ann Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon) 28.75 sec 7-1
1953 Lancelot Rough Billie - Gay Serenade Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon) 28.96 sec 1-2f
1954 Gulf of Darien Imperial Dancer - Dorothy Ann Jack Harvey (Wembley) 28.31 sec 5-4f
1955 Glacier Metal Ballymac Ball - Cloudy Midnight Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon) 28.74 sec 10-1
1956 Ford Spartan Polonius - Harrow Glamour Dennis Hannafin (Wimbledon) 28.02 sec 2-1f
1957 Sean's Pal The Grand Champion - Grangeclare Lady Tom'Paddy'Reilly (Walthamstow) 28.21 sec 13-2
1958 Varra Black Nose Glittering Look - Typhoon Jane Dennis Hannafin (Wimbledon) 28.08 sec 8-13f
1959 Violet's Duke Champion Prince - Autumn Violet Barney O'Connor (Walthamstow) 28.04 sec 3-1
1960 Oregon Prince Knock Hill Chieftain - Burleigh's Fancy Phil Rees Sr. (Private) 28.59 sec 6-5f
1961 Dancing Point Sword Dance - Irish Sunshine Clare Orton (Wimbledon) 28.35 sec 1-1f
1962 Cloudbank Knock Hill Chieftain - Direct Lead Dave Geggus (Walthamstow) 27.96 sec 2-5f
1963 Pineapple Joe Clopook - Sight Unseen Dennis Hannafin (Wimbledon) 27.95 sec 1-1f
1964 Bad Trick Tuturama - Nifty Lady George Curtis (Portsmouth) 28.46 sec 2-1f
1965 Morden Mist Super Orange - Denver Hetty Clare Orton (Wimbledon) 28.27 sec 11-4f
1966 Wattlehurst Rogue Wattlehurst Rocket - Charity Ball Jimmy Jowett (Clapton) 28.58 sec 5-2
1967 Breach's Bill Jerpoint Prince - Breach's Rainbow Judy Pattinson (Private) 28.10 sec 5-4f
1968 Winter Hope Newdown Heather - Final Score Des Dare (Private) 28.53 sec 4-7f
1969 Sherwood Glen Maryville Hi - Bresheen Umm Joe Booth (Private) 28.27 sec 100-30
1970 Crefogue Flash Newdown Heather - Duffry Flash Stan Mitchell (Belle Vue) 27.99 sec 5-2
1971 Tawny Satin The Grand Silver - Cathy's Tiny Tom Johnston Jr. (Wembley) 28.22 sec 9-2
1972 Seaman's Pride Own Pride - Stolen Tilley Paddy Milligan (Private) 27.78 sec 5-2f
1973 Handy High Handy Valley - Black Highbird Paddy Milligan (Private) 28.17 sec 4-5f
1974 Tory Mor Tom's Pal - Melville Honey Paddy Milligan (Private) 28.40 sec 3-1
1975 Knockrour Bank Clomoney Jet - Damsels Lass John Coleman (Wembley) 27.72 sec 11-10f
1976 Cahurmore Speech Free Speech - Pat's Glory Len White (Private) 28.17 sec 1-2f
1977 Ruakura's Mutt Spectre - Areopagus Charlie Coyle (Private) 27.65 sec 9-4
1978 Purdy's Pursuit Aghawadda Flash - Exchange Dolly Phil Rees Jr. (Wimbledon) 27.83 sec 20-1
1979 Price Wise Free Speech - Take The Lead Frank Baldwin (Perry Barr) 27.70 sec 12-1
1980 Desmond's Fancy Sole Aim - Blissful Linda Jack Coker (Oxford) 28.22 sec 7-1
1981 Special Account Westmead County - Ka Boom Natalie Savva (Cambridge) 27.79 sec 7-2
1982 Mountleader Mint Cairnville Jet - Mountleader Cleo Terry Duggan (Romford) 27.82 sec 2-1f
1983 Rhincrew Moth Ballarat Prince - Skipping Fun Dolly Gwynne (Ipswich) 27.53 sec 1-3f
1984 Ben's Champion Lacca Champion - Raffles Bridge Eric Pateman (Wimbledon) 27.61 sec 4-6f
1985 Fearless Swift Ron Hardy - Sarahs Bunny Geoff De Mulder (Oxford) 27.67 sec 4-5f
1986 Spiral Darkie Lindas Champion - Spiral Three Gary Baggs (Ramsgate) 27.70 sec 9-2
1987 Debby Hero Debbycot Lad - Kisco David Kinchett (Wimbledon) 27.99 sec 12-1
1988 Spring Band Wise Band - Gentle Heartrob Sam Sykes (Wimbledon) 28.13 sec 3-1
1989 Newry Flash Oran Flash - Townview Fuzz Arthur Hitch (Wimbledon) 27.97 sec 4-1
1990 Murlens Support Moral Support - Murlens Chill Tony Meek (Oxford) 28.50 sec 1-2f
1991 Right Move Daleys Gold - Westmead Move Nick Savva (Milton Keynes) 28.25 sec 14-1
1992 Bixby Murlens Slippy - Skylab Bill Black (Reading) 28.04 sec 7-2
1993 Lughill Slippy I'm Slippy - Lady Serina Tony Meek (Oxford) 27.99 sec 11-4
1994 Bonmahon Darkie[10] Carmels Prince - Debs Tick Terry Dartnall (Wimbledon) 27.70 sec 2-1f
1995 Corpo Election Tapwatcher - No Thanks Wayne Wilson (Sittingbourne) 27.56 sec 1-4f
1996 Black Gem Charm Slaneyside Hare - Perrys Charmer Philip Rees Jr. (Wimbledon) 27.74 sec 7-1
1997 Lenson Hero Right Move - New Branch Norah McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 27.97 sec 5-1
1998 Sarah Dee Arrigle Buddy - Castlegannon Pop Nick Savva (Milton Keynes) 27.73 sec 11-8f
1999 Micks Lotto Mountleader Peer - Tracys Lady Patsy Byrne (Wimbledon) 27.49 sec 2-7f
2000 Navigation Lad Lassa Java - Suirside Lass Pat McComish (Private) 27.69 sec 6-4jf
2001 Bringinthemoney Powerful Flash - Locgaram Kit Pat Thompson (Crayford) 28.00 sec 25-1
2002 On Line Deal Staplers Jo - Lady Ballydaniel Paul Young (Romford) 27.96 sec 5-1
2003 Kinda Spooky Top Honcho - Kinda Swell Linda Jones (Walthamstow) 27.51 sec 8-1
2004 Olybean Kiowa Shawnee So - Jabilish Ernie Gaskin Sr. (Walthamstow) 27.47 sec 11-10f
2005 Droopys Lomasi [11] Knockeevan Major - Droopys Beauty Steve Dimmock (Milton Keynes) 27.79 sec 12-1
2006 Droopys Tops [12] Blackjack Tom - Macy Gray Chris Lund (Doncaster) 27.57 sec 3-1
2007 Opening Artist [13] Droopys Scolari - Droopys Darlene Bernie Doyle (Wimbledon) 27.80 sec 9-2
2008 Jesters Nap [14] Droopys Vieri - Star Time Jim Daly (Yarmouth) 27.55 sec 11-10f
2009 Westmead Logan [15] Droopys Vieri – Westmead Swift Nick Savva (Private) 27.33 sec 5-1
2010 Rayvin Giovanni [16] Blackstone Gene – Droopys Sporty Seamus Cahill (Hove) 28.36 sec 11-8f
2011 Eden Star [17] Top Savings – Aranock Val Barrie Draper (Sheffield) 28.51 sec 8-13f
2012 Farloe Warhawk [18] Ace Hi Rumble - Wontbelong Barrie Draper (Sheffield) 28.32 sec 1-1f
2013 Bubbly Beauty [19] College Causeway – Lees Legend Paul Young (Romford) 28.64 sec 7-1
2014 Lenson Sanchez [20] Tullymurry Act – Beaming Olive Pat Buckley (Ireland) 28.59 sec 5-4f
2015 Droopys Roddick [21] Droopys Jet – Droopys Start Pat Buckley (Ireland) 27.97 sec 2-5f
2016 King Eden [22] Droopys Scolari – Shaws Dilemma Liz McNair (Private) 28.46 sec 20-1
2017 Magical Bale [23] Zero Ten - Sizzling Sarah Kevin Hutton (Towcester) 29.10 sec 11-10f
2018 Argentina [24] Tyrur Big Mike - Headford Maura Kevin Hutton (Monmore) 27.50 sec 4-1
2019 Bockos Doomie[25] Droopys Jet – Dalcash Kalade Patrick Janssens (Central Park) 27.24 sec 11/10f
2020 Surprising[26] Droopys Sydney – Banabane Seamus Cahill (Hove) 29.35 sec 11/4cf
2021 Make Noise[27] Confident Rankin – Tibet Seamus Cahill (Hove) 29.71 sec 15/8

Venue & DistancesEdit

  • 1929–1974 (Wimbledon 500 yards)
  • 1975–2009 (Wimbledon 460 metres)
  • 2010–2016 (Wimbledon 480 metres)
  • 2017–2017 (Towcester 480 metres)
  • 2018–2019 (Henlow 460 metres)
  • 2020–present (Towcester 500 metres)

SponsorsEdit

Winning TrainersEdit

  • Jack Harvey 4
  • Nick/Natalie Savva 4

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ "Remember When - August". Greyhound Star. 2018.
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