Greyhound Derby: Through the decades

The Greyhound Derby is the biggest and most prestigious race in the entirety of the sport. The history of the 500-metre outing spans back to the 1920s, when it was first raced at the iconic White City Stadium, and this year Thorn Falcon, trained by Patrick Janssens, etched his name in the history books as the race returned to Towcester for the first time since 2018.

So, with the Greyhound Derby over for another year, let’s delve back through the archives and take a look at the winners from decades gone by. Read on to find out more!

2020 – Deerjet Sydney

Often featured in the Betdaq greyhound tips, Deerjet Sydney was the winner of last year’s Nottingham-based Derby. The Pat Buckley-trained dog headed into last year’s final as the second favourite, but with the market leader,Southwood Jet,enduring a rare poor start, the advantage was quickly in DeerjetSydney’sfavour and he led from start to finish to gift Buckley his first victory. With the race returning to Towcester this year, Deerjet Sydney was tipped to win back-to-back Derbys. However, he could fare no better than third.

2010 – Bandicoot Tipoki

Still held at the iconic Wimbledon Stadium, Toomaline Jack was the odds-on favourite at 10/11 to win the 2010 renewal of the Greyhound Derby, and he was in a fierce battle with Lyreen Mover at the front — with the pair even bumping each other at one stage. They were still neck-and-neck as they turned from home, but with the rest of the chasing pack closing in, Bandicoot Tipoki, a 7/2 shot, just edged over the line ahead of Lyreen Mover. Less than 0.2 of a second separated first from sixth. It was a fifth victory in the Greyhound Derby for Charlie Lister, as the English trainer equalled Leslie Reynolds’ post-war record.

2000 – Rapid Ranger

Sticking with Lister, Rapid Ranger won the trainer his second Greyhound Derby in 2000. Just three years after Some Picture landed Lister his maiden triumph in 1997, Rapid Ranger was triumphant. Raced over 480 metres, Rapid Ranger entered the race as the 7/4 favourite and he proved why the market was so heavily in his favour when he streaked clear of Rackethall Jet to win the race with ease.Smoking Bullet, owned by former footballer and movie star Vinnie Jones was fifth. In 2001, Rapid Ranger won his second successive Derby, becoming the first dog to win the race back-to-back at Wimbledon and just the third back-to-back winner in the race’s rich history.

1990 – Slippy Blue

Slippy Blue was the surprise victor of the 1990 Greyhound Derby. After finishing second in Heat 2 of the quarter-finals and third in the first semi-final, the Kenny Linzell-trained dog went into the traps as an 8/1 shot to win the final. However, he was game from the minute his trap four door flew open, taking an early lead and maintaining it throughout the course of the race, winning by some distance. Ante post favourite Druids Johno, who was half owned by H.R.H Prince Edward, was in second.

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