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Derby History

Brief History of the Greyhound Derby

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Greyhound Racing as we know it today was first introduced to Ireland in 1927 when the first meeting was held in April in CelticPark in Belfast. Shelbourne Park followed shortly after on May 14th.

The English ran their first Derby that year, taking the name ‘Derby’ from horse racing; the Irish then in turn took the name from the English.

The first ever Irish Derby was run in Harolds Cross in 1928. In 1932, the event was given Classic (Nationwide) status and moved to the other Dublin venue,Shelbourne Park, with the event named at the time as the National Derby.

Harolds Cross and Shelbourne Park staged the event in alternate years until the end of the 1960's, with just two exceptions. In 1939 the Derby was run in  the Markets Field in Limerick and in 1942 in Western Road in Cork.

Shelbourne Park has been the permanent home of the Irish Greyhound Derby since 1970; running over 525yds to 1985 and 550yds since 1986.

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Roll of Honour
Irish Derby winners 1932 - 2018

Year

Winner

Track

Time

2018        

Ballyanne Sim                     

SPK        

29.28    

2017        

Good News                         

SPK        

29.37     

2016

Rural Hawaii

SPK

29.65

2015

Ballymac Matt

SPK

29.63

2014

Laughil Blake

SPK

29.50

2013

Slippery Robert

SPK

29.49

2012

Skywalker Puma

SPK

29.39

2011

Razldazl George

SPK

30.02

2010

Tyrur McGuigan

SPK

29.41

2009

College Causeway

SPK

29.53

2008

Shelbourne Aston

SPK

29.83

2007

Tyrur Rhino

SPK

29.73

2006

Razldazl Billy

SPK

29.49

2005

He Said So

SPK

29.66

2004

Like A Shot

SPK

29.87

2003

Climate Control

SPK

29.71

2002

Bypass Byway

SPK

29.42

2001

Cool Performance

SPK

29.42

2000

Judicial Pride

SPK

29.68

1999

Spring Time

SPK

30.00

1998

Eyeman

SPK

30.09

1997

Toms the Best

SPK

30.09

1996

Tina Marina

SPK

30.20

1995

Batties Rocket

SPK

30.19

1994

Joyful Tidings

SPK

30.35

1993

Daleys Denis

SPK

30.30

1992

Manx Treasure

SPK

30.53

1991

Ardfert Mick

SPK

30.18

1990

The Other Toss

SPK

30.14

1989

Manorville Magic

SPK

30.53

1988

Make History

SPK

30.26

1987

Rathgallen Tady

SPK

30.49

1986

Kyle Jack

SPK

30.41

1985

Tubbercurry Lad

SPK

29.14

1984

Dipmac

SPK

29.15

1983

Belvedere Bran

SPK

29.65

1982

Cooladine Super

SPK

29.34

1981

Bold Work

SPK

29.32

1980

Suir Miller

SPK

29.18

1979

PennyCounty

SPK

29.28

1978

Pampered Rover

SPK

29.23

1977

Linda’s Champion

SPK

29.53

1976

Tain Mor

SPK

29.35

1975

Shifting Shadow

SPK

29.35

1974

Lively Band

SPK

29.11

1973

Bashful Man

SPK

28.82

1972

Catsrock Daisy

SPK

29.20

1971

Sole Aim

SPK

29.12

1970

Monalee Pride

SPK

29.28

1969

Own Pride

HX

29.20

1968

Yellow Printer

SPK

29.11

1967

Russian Gun

HX

29.44

1966

Always Proud

SPK

29.44

1965

Ballyowen Chief

HX

29.42

1964

WonderValley

SPK

29.30

1963

Drumahiskey Venture

HX

29.60

1962

Shane’s Legacy

SPK

29.58

1961

Chieftain’s Guest

HX

29.45

1960

Perry’s Apple

SPK

29.55

1959

Sir Frederick

HX

29.30

1958

Colonel Perry

SPK

29.79

1957

Hopeful Cutlet

HX

29.60

1956

Keep Moving

SPK

29.18

1955

Spanish Battleship

HX

29.53

1954

Spanish Battleship

SPK

29.64

1953

Spanish Battleship

HX

29.78

1952

Rough Waters

SPK

29.95

1951

Carmody’s Tanist        

HX

29.64

1950

Crossmolina Rambler

SPK

29.70

1949

Spanish Lad

HX

29.87

1948

Western Post

SPK

29.90

1947

Daring Flash              

HX

30.04

1946

Steve                            

SPK

30.20

1945

Lilac’s Luck

HX

30.12

1944

ClonbonnyBridge

SPK

30.53

1943

Famous Knight

HX

30.26

1942

Uacterlainn Riac

CRK

30.22

1941

Brave Damsel

SPK

30.64

1940

Tanist

SPK

29.82

1939

Marching Thro’ Georgia

LMK

30.05

1938

Abbeylara

HX

30.09

1937

Muinessa

SPK

30.83

1936

Minstrel Rover

HX

30.48

1935

Roving Yank

SPK

30.18

1934

Frisco Hobo

HX

30.45

1933

Monologue

SPK

30.52

1932

Guidless Joe

SPK

30.36