Anthony Charles Meek (born 1961), in Gloucestershire, is a former English greyhound trainer. He is twice English Greyhound Derby winning trainer.[1][2]

Tony Meek
English greyhound trainer Tony Meek.jpg
Tony Meek
OccupationGreyhound Trainer
Born1961
Gloucestershire
Career wins2 x derby winning trainer
Major racing wins
Classic/Feature wins:
English Greyhound Derby
(1993), (1994)
Pall Mall Stakes
(1992, 1994)
Puppy Derby
(1990, 1993)
Reading Masters
(1996, 1999)
Derby Invitation
(1994)

ProfileEdit

Meek learnt the trade working for the legendary Geoff De Mulder before moving to Ireland to work with Paddy Keane. He then established his own kennel during the early 1980s, after being granted a professional trainer's licence. The kennels were based in English Bicknor, Gloucestershire and attracted some of the sport's leading owners.[1][2]

The first significant achievement was making the Grand Prix final with Keem Rocket in 1984.[2] Gino represented Meek in the 1987 Irish Greyhound Derby final before the white and brindle joined John McGee.[3]

He moved his attachment from Swindon Stadium to Oxford Stadium in 1988, which catapulted the kennels to major success. In 1990 he trained Fires of War, who reached the 1990 English Greyhound Derby final.[4] The following year Coalbrook Suzie reached the final of the Oaks and Grand Prix before Deanpark Atom won the Pall Mall Stakes in 1992. He also recorded two Puppy Derby successes with Murlens Support and Lughill Slippy.[5]

The greatest achievements came in 1993 and 1994; first with Ringa Hustle, a black dog with seeding issues but who proved imperious when winning the 1993 English Greyhound Derby,[6][7] a final in which he was also represented by Lassa Java, who would go on to win the 1994 Pall Mall.[5]

The second achievement in 1994 arrived after Meek switched from Oxford to Hall Green Stadium and crowd favourite Moral Standards completed an unbeaten run through the 1994 English Greyhound Derby. He became only the second trainer to defend a Derby title after Leslie Reynolds.[8]

Tony continued to train and after spells at Monmore and Coventry retired and handed the kennels over to his partner Jayne. He also acted as the Chairman of the Greyhound Trainers Association.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  2. ^ a b c Genders, Roy (1990). NGRC book of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  3. ^ "Gino". Greyhound Data.
  4. ^ Dick, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years, page 214. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  5. ^ a b Hobbs, Jonathan (2002). Greyhound Annual 2003. Raceform. ISBN 1-904317-07-3.
  6. ^ "Greyhound Derby Final: Steal for Hustle". The Independent.
  7. ^ National Greyhound Racing Club Calendar, July 1993 edition. National Greyhound Racing Club.
  8. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook. Ringpress Books. pp. 99–108. ISBN 186054-010-4.
  9. ^ "Greyhounds: Meek tipped for top job". Oxford Mail.