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By:
bbc2
When: 24 Aug 15 22:23
OXFORD WEMBLEY SOUTHALL ALDERSHOT WHITE CITY HACKNEY PARK ROYAL HENDON THE STOW WEST HAM SLOUGH SOUTHEND BRISTOL MILTON KEYNES BEDFORD GLOUCESTER BEDWELLTY CARDIFF FOREST FACH SKEWEN BREAN ST AUSTELL HINKLEY COALVILLE HUNTINGDON WISBEACH CLACTON
By:
GLASGOWCALLING
When: 25 Aug 15 00:23
loved portsmouth and aldershot when i lived on the south coast. went to exeter once and glastonbury..... happy days.   Happy
By:
jimster
When: 25 Aug 15 03:39
Ramsgate
Canterbury
Portsmouth
Rye house
Swaffham
Newton Abbott
Exeter
Valley
Harringay
Slough
Reading
Aldershot
Blackpool
White city
Catford
Wembley
Walthamstow
Oxford
Milton Keynes
By:
Czechbet
When: 25 Aug 15 08:54
Portsmouth
Stow
Catford
Hackney
Bristol
Oxford
Milton Keynes
Slough
Wembley
Reading

am 38 years old now started going to Pompey dogs when i was about 14 years old

and only track i've been to that has been opened is Towcester

safe to say a lot has changed Sad
By:
Czechbet
When: 25 Aug 15 08:56
oh and been to Swansea think that's it for closed ones
By:
miss.wales
When: 25 Aug 15 08:59
Plenty of those already mentioned plus......

Bolton
Oldham
St Helens
Westhoughton
Ellesmere Port
Chesterfield
Long Eaton
Chesterton
Powderhall
Cradley Heath
By:
bbc2
When: 25 Aug 15 09:47
think the valley is still going jimster
By:
Ron-Russian
When: 25 Aug 15 10:14
Surly the OP has left Walthamstow off their list
By:
sparrow
When: 25 Aug 15 12:55
Nobody been to Clapton?
4 English Derby winners trained there in 6 years.
By:
the.mad.dog.man
When: 25 Aug 15 12:59
wheres rothman mike lol
By:
jimster
When: 25 Aug 15 15:10
Bbc2 i didn't realise valley was still going. It was very run down when I went there 25 years ago, pretty sure the inside hare was just a plastic bag. Had a look for a website but couldn't find any info for it.
By:
ebulGery
When: 25 Aug 15 15:14
I went to Clapton sparrow, I liked it, b&w video replays I remember

You are right as well it had a very good quality of dog

Yellow Printer the best of the lot, if memory serves me right..Basset?
By:
sparrow
When: 25 Aug 15 16:56
That's right about Yellow Printer, ebulgery. Many reckon him the best dog never to win a derby. The dogs at the track in those days were the best in the country and the market one of the strongest.

Another trainer John Bassett also made his own piece of history when claiming three successive Scurry's in the early sixties, with Lucky Joan's victory in 1963 one of a record four Classics for the handler that year. In its later years, Clapton was a hotbed of Classic winners with no fewer than six Derby winners produced from its kennels at Claverhambury Farm in Waltham Cross between 1956 and 1972.

One of those winners, Palm's Printer in 1961, created a unique double having also won the Scurry the same year for Paddy McEvoy, while Adam Jackson sent out the last Clapton Derby winner Patricia's Hope who claimed the first of back to back successes in the race in 1972..
By:
sparrow
When: 25 Aug 15 16:58
Rules And Regulations
    Welfare
   

Hall of Fame

Yellow Printer

Many experienced racegoers consider Yellow Printer the fastest dog ever to race and he won the Irish Derby in 1968 which is sufficient to give him immortality but, like Ataxy, Quare Times and Tanist, he was almost too fast for most greyhound tracks with their sharp turns.

A fawn dog whelped in march 1966, he obtained his tremendous speed from his grand sire, Hi There, and his great grandsire through his grand dam, Sally's Gossip, whose sire was the great Endless Gossip.

Owned by Sir Robert Adeane and Pauline Wallis, the dog hit the headlines when making an early exit from the 1968 English Derby yet bouncing back incredibly well to win the Irish Derby at Shelbourne Park in 29.11sec. The time had never been bettered before for this event and was not equalled or beaten until Lively Band six years later. Yellow Printer won the final when beating Russian Gun, an equally fine greyhound, who had won the event the previous year.

It was in a heat for the Derby that Yellow Printer was to become the first greyhound to break 29sec for 525yds at Shelbourne Park, when he won by nine lengths and clocked 28.83sec which was unbeaten until Tantallons Gift clocked 28.73sec on 24 July 1976. Previously, in the Easter Cup run at the same track in April, Yellow Printer had reached the final won by ltsamint and gave some indication of his Derby potential.

His fantastic run when winning his Derby heat made him the biggest favourite to win the event for years. Once again in the final of a big event he came up against the great bitch ltsamint, owned by Leslie McNair. The others in the final were Russian Gun, Clinker Flash, Drumna Chestnut and Ballybeg Flash.

With such outstanding greyhounds in the final, a huge crowd gathered to witness the race. First from the traps were Ballybeg Flash and Russian Gun, both of whom occupied the outside traps and moved slightly wider at the first turn. It was then that Yellow Printer, from trap four, moved inside and into the lead. He yielded not an inch until he had crossed the line one and a half lengths in front of Russian Gun, who stayed with him the whole way round and only conceded his crown to a younger dog after a tremendous effort. It was Yellow Printer's finest hour.

Early in 1969 Yellow Printer again showed his amazing speed when winning the Sir Billy Butlin Stakes at White City when he clocked 28.38sec, a time which was beaten only by himself. He again showed his liking for the track when winning the Wood Lane Stakes in 28.91sec after being badly hampered at the first bend.

He also won the Summer Cup at Wembley in 29.20sec. In the Pall Mall at Harringay he won his heat in 28.71sec to set a new track record, which he lowered to 28.60sec when winning his semi in which he defeated the ultimate winner of the event, Localmotive.

He was then flown to Shannon to represent England in the International at Limerick on 30 November but was beaten four lengths by Flaming King in 29.24sec. He was elected Greyhound of the Year in 1969 and retired to stud to stand in Ireland at a fee of 75gns.

He was trained during much of his career by John Bassett at Clapton, who said of him: "Placid types are best. They take nothing out of themselves and Yellow Printer was the perfect example. He was quiet, placid, nothing ever disturbed him. He was the perfect gentleman at all times – an aristocrat of the canine world." No words summed up this great champion better.

After only a short period at stud in Ireland Yellow Printer joined his owner Pauline O'Donnell (nee Wallis) in America where he became a very influential sire indeed. It was reported that he was the first greyhound in American history to command a stud fee of $500. Mrs O'Donnell and her husband Barney won the Seabrook Derby with one of his daughters, O’Donnells Elite, while Aptly won the Flagler Classic by nine lengths in 1974.

Printer Oily was another Yellow Printer bitch to win considerable prize money in major stakes but the dog Sandy Printer (Yellow Printer-Sandy Sailor) was his best son in the States and was elected America’s leading sire in 1980. That in itself was reward enough but, before he left for foreign parts, Yellow Printer had also given us the blazingly fast, but unlucky, Super Rory, who beat his sire’s track record over 525yds at White City with a time of 28.26sec in 1972.

He was dubbed, in turn, ‘the world's fastest greyhound’, before breaking a hock at a very tender age.

Yellow Printer spent his later years as a pet in the O'Donnell household where he reportedly lived a life of luxury until he died peacefully in his twelfth year.
By:
ebulGery
When: 25 Aug 15 21:30
They are wonderful memories SparrowHappy

I only wish I could go back in time to that era
and wished I had attended more Greyhound Meetings at the time...
We never appreciate the good things in life until we lose themSad

Still Greyhound Racing people young now will remember the best moments we have now when they are older
So just make sure they attend enough and bet enough to keep it going

We will be a very silly society if we ever lose Greyhound Racing altogether
By:
tonkability
When: 25 Aug 15 22:39
Middlesbrough
Spennymoor
Hartlepool
Walthamstow
Portsmouth
Oxford
cat ford
Stockton Belle View
Stanley
By:
tonkability
When: 25 Aug 15 22:41
Hull x2
By:
IanP
When: 26 Aug 15 06:25
VAlley is still open but like all tracks struggling for runners as you can see from their facbook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Valley-Greyhounds/161302777239208.
By:
DroopysGregKinkysNap
When: 17 Sep 15 23:57
Hull MK Catford Oxford Ramsgate Walthamstow Reading Hackney
By:
Ron-Russian
When: 18 Sep 15 07:24
Not sure who's seen this, only 197 views.  1 race out the 523m boxes, gotta be one of the best 4 bend trips ever.

an ITV 8 min look at what im guessing is a Hackney afternoon meeting, link below....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrAbAy-C3rw
By:
woodmanchester
When: 18 Sep 15 09:47
Hackney, Walthamstow, Wembley, Catford, Oxford, Norton Canes, Bolton, Milton Keynes
By:
sparrow
When: 18 Sep 15 10:05
Great find Ron-Russian and thanks for posting.
By:
lumponlarge
When: 18 Sep 15 10:16
Southend ... especially on a Monday with all the Opens with Ivor.... Corlecky's Pride Dwelling up but winning a Neck .... those wre the Days.
By:
Wildcat Army.
When: 18 Sep 15 10:18
Whitwood (Castleford)
By:
woodmanchester
When: 18 Sep 15 14:05
Aye, add Rye House
By:
the.mad.dog.man
When: 18 Sep 15 14:51
chadley heath catford hendon white city wembley park royal oxford west ham milton keyes the stow clapton reading old and atenew rye house ramsgate tsouthend  portsmouth watford hackney exeter newton abbot clacton
By:
Ron-Russian
When: 18 Sep 15 23:04
there's also this one Sparrow of the old Crayford....link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw6VV0j2Y8U
By:
stevo1
When: 19 Sep 15 03:49
Surprised Cambridge not mentioned,had a dog there for while back in day.
By:
sparrow
When: 19 Sep 15 09:07
Seen that video before, ron. I winessed something similar at Harringay many years ago.
By:
sparrow
When: 19 Sep 15 09:07
*witnessed
By:
sparrow
When: 19 Sep 15 09:12
Talking of Harringay I came across this interesting piece below.


Historical accounts paint a colourful picture of life around the stadium. Joe Coral, the founder of Coral Bookmakers, started his business at Harringay Stadium and other similar venues. Coral is supposed to have come up against organised crime boss Darby Sabini at Harringay but held his ground by holding a gun to Sabini's stomach.[2]

Contemporary newspaper reports suggest that the crowds at the stadium could also be prone to violent disorder. There were at least three documented incidents of serious crowd disorder between 1938 and 1957. On 14 May 1938, when speedway racing was stopped early due to an accident, a crowd of 2,000 demanded their money back. When their demands were ignored the crowd broke onto the track, smashing and damaging parts of the stadium and setting fire to the track's tractor.[12]

Eight years later a crowd attending a greyhound racing event ran riot after a second-placed dog was disqualified. According to The Guardian, the crowd
“     invaded the track and for over half an hour indulged in senseless destruction. They started bonfires which they fed with pieces of the hare trap...smashed electric lamps and arc lights, tore down telephone wires, and broke windows, wrecked the inside of the judge's box, overturned the starting trap...They also attacked the tote offices...[13]     ”

In June 1957 another disqualification provoked a further riot at a greyhound racing event. Similar levels of disorder as the previous riot were dealt with on this occasion by firemen from six fire appliances who turned their hoses on the crowd. Apparently the angry crowd was quickly dispersed, but they left quite a trail of destruction
By:
sparrow
When: 19 Sep 15 09:23
Some photos of Harringay and punters shown on this link.


http://www.alamy.com/search/imageresults.aspx?qt=haringey%20punters&imgt=0
By:
the.mad.dog.man
When: 19 Sep 15 11:51
forgot charlton and harringay
By:
the.mad.dog.man
When: 19 Sep 15 13:22
and canterbury coventry
By:
noflapleft
When: 20 Sep 15 10:31
Norton canes
Skegness
March
bletchley
Watford
Warwick
By:
noflapleft
When: 20 Sep 15 10:33
Bury St Edmunds
Ipswich
By:
the.mad.dog.man
When: 20 Sep 15 11:04
and norton canes remember shropshire lass there
By:
noflapleft
When: 20 Sep 15 11:21
Ran scurloge at Warwick took two rags to fill it up
He must have won 80l 2 nd was not in the home st8
By:
mandown
When: 20 Sep 15 13:36
RaYleigh.was at harringay 1957 fav was discq for fighting riot started from boos and just escalated there was no organised plot.lucky boy boy from Clapton was called glenochill boy. Bought by local bookie Stan Barrett backed heavily for Derby we won a nice few quid.
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