1964 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year

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1964 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year
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The 1964 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year was the 38th year of greyhound racing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[1]

Roll of honour[edit]

Major Winners
Award Name of Winner
1964 English Greyhound Derby Hack up Chieftain [2][3]
1964 Irish Greyhound Derby Wonder Valley [4] [5]
1964 Scottish Greyhound Derby Hi Imperial [6]
1964 Welsh Greyhound Derby Davo's Rink [7]
Greyhound Trainer of the Year Harry Bamford
Greyhound of the Year Lucky Hi There

Summary[edit]

The Dagenham Coup incident that took place at Dagenham Greyhound Stadium on 30 June 1964 took all the headlines and became one of the most infamous moments in greyhound racing history.[8] [9]

Despite the government reducing the totalisator tax to 5% from 10%, the industry saw a further fall in attendances.[10] The National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) affiliated tracks saw 11,208,657 paying customers at 6011 meetings with tote turnover of £50,178,166.[11]

Tracks[edit]

The Greyhound Racing Association (GRA) acquired Catford Stadium.[12] Crayford & Bexleyheath Stadium owners Northumbrian and Crayford Trust Ltd joined the Totalisator Holdings group, owners of six other tracks. The Liverpool tracks of Seaforth Greyhound Stadium and White City Stadium (Liverpool) re-joined the NGRC set up after spells as independent tracks.[13] [14] [15]

A new independent opened called the Boston Sports Stadium in New Hammond Beck Road but the worrying trend of tracks closing continued. Lythalls Lane Stadium in Coventry closed and was sold for redevelopment as a housing estate, with the prestigious Eclipse Stakes switching to Kings Heath Stadium in Birmingham. The owners of the Coventry track also owned the Brandon Speedway Stadium and had plans to bring greyhounds there. The other tracks to close were Blackpool Greyhound Stadium, Darnall Stadium and the independent Northampton track.[13] [15] [14]

Competitions[edit]

Cranog Bet won a second consecutive Oaks at Harringay Stadium which led to her being voted bitch of the year for the second year running. She won 18 of her 24 open races in 1964.[16]

The greyhound of the year award went to a black dog called Lucky Hi There, whelped in November 1961. He switched to the longer trip after appearing the year before in the Laurels final and the Gold Collar final in May, where it was soon apparent that his future lay in stayer's races. He duly performed superbly and won the Cambridgeshire, Orient Cup, Wimbledon Spring Cup, Wembley Gold Cup and Scottish St Leger. In his first classic of the year at Wembley he won the St Leger title and was well on the way to eventually going sixteen races before finally being beaten, just three short of Mick the Miller's record. During 1964 he won 27 of his 35 races.[13] [15] [17] [18]

News[edit]

Trainer George Waterman died which came as a shock to the industry. He had tarted the early part of the year impressively, by winning the Gold Collar, the Pall Mall Stakes, Cloth of Gold, Coronation Cup and Springbok. Wimbledon Stadium would appoint Nora Gleeson to fill the gap left at the Burhill kennel range. White City recruited trainer Randolph Singleton from sister track Belle Vue Stadium.[13] [15]

We'll See (the 1963 greyhound of the year) died on his way back to the GRA kennels at Northaw while in transit after heart failure; he had just won a heat of the Birmingham Cup.[13] [15]

Principal UK races[edit]

Principal Irish races[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook. Ringpress Books. ISBN 186054-010-4.
  2. ^ Dack, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years, pages 119/120. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  3. ^ "1964". Greyhound Data.
  4. ^ Comyn, John. 50 Years of Greyhound Racing in Ireland. Aherlow Publishers Ltd.
  5. ^ Fortune, Michael. Irish Greyhound Derby 1932-1981. Victory Irish Promotions Ltd.
  6. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008, pages 153-154. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  7. ^ Genders, Roy (1975). The Greyhound and Racing Greyhound, page 320. Page Brothers (Norwich). ISBN 0-85020-0474.
  8. ^ "British bookies may limit dog racing bets, 2 July". Montreal Gazette. 1964.
  9. ^ "Great Britain:Operation Sandpaper". Time magazine.com.
  10. ^ ""Greyhound Attendances Cut By Betting Shops." Times, 17 July 1964, p. 22". Times Digital Archives.
  11. ^ Particulars of Licensed tracks, table 1 Licensed Dog Racecourses. Licensing Authorities. 1964.
  12. ^ ""G.R.A. Offer For Catford." Times, 3 Apr. 1964, p. 17". Times Digital Archives.
  13. ^ a b c d e Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  14. ^ a b Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  15. ^ a b c d e Genders, Roy (1990). NGRC book of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  16. ^ "Monthly Greyhound Star (Remember When) February edition". Greyhound Star. 2016.
  17. ^ Barnes, Julia (1991). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, Vol Two. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-61-9.
  18. ^ Barnes/Sellers, Julia/John (1992). Ladbrokes Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-22-8.
  19. ^ "Monthly Greyhound Star (Remember When) July edition". Greyhound Star. 2012.
  20. ^ "Remember When - October 1964". Greyhound Star.