2008 Nathan Corden announces that he is to return to Nottingham after four years working in horse racing.
1976 Glen Rock (Monalee Champion-Fit Me In) is one of the most impressive Irish Puppy Derby winners in years. The rangey brindle wins the Harolds Cross final by 13 lengths in 29.08. It was his sixth win in eight races – the only two defeats were behind the outstanding young bitch, Lady Referee. The top British based pup is Carhumore Speech (Free Speech-Pats Glory) with ten wins from twelve opens including the Yorkshire and Wimbledon Puppy Derbys and the Midland Classic Potential. However another star seems set to emerge when a debutant is backed to 4-7f in a Crayford open. With a 28.55 six length win, just four lengths outside the track record, the impressive Instant Gambler (Itsachampion-Sabrina) looks set for a huge career.
1999 Paddy Milligan’s Beaverwood Kennels is demolished to make way for a new multi million pound health and fitness centre.
1986 GRA close down their track at Shawfield for economic reasons. Local bookie Billy King is heads a group trying to save the stadium. The owners reputedly want £800,000 for the Glasgow venue.
1967 The hugely popular April Merry lands the Ulster St Leger for trainer Jack Mullan. The amazing three year old had produced her second litter (which would include top courser Merry Newdown) just four months earlier. She would later throw Westpark Mint and Westpark Mustard.
1977 Dale Lad (Bright Lad-Kerrys Pal) was only sixth highest lot at Shebourne Sales but at 800gns was by far the best bargain. Within two months the brindle had won more than £6,800 (equivalent to £57K today) with victories in the Northern Flat, Edinburgh Cup, Select Stakes and William King Cup.
1997 Romford has its entire racing circuit dug up, reshaped widened and relaid with a new Swaffham hare – total cost £100,000.
2010 Belle Vue trainer Brian Thompson has his kennel quarantined following the unexplained death of one of his greyhounds.
1986 Trainer Mick Mavrias is banned by the NGRC after admitting running four greyhounds at independent track Aldershot.
1970 GRA increase White City kennel bills to four guineas a week (approx £70 at current rates).
2001 Sittingbourne is the surprise new face as BAGS announce their fixture list for 2002.
1985 Figures from the USA reveal that the country’s 45 greyhound tracks attracted attendance of over 22 million the previous year. Tote handle is over $2bn.
1966 Only Corville Gallant had managed to survive the carnage that had seen half a dozen odds-on favourites beaten in the Cesarewitch qualifiers over the massive West Ham 600 yard (four bend) course. The unbeaten favourite goes to traps at 8-13, but can’t catch local grader Rostown Victor who holds on by half a length at odds of 66-1.
1971 Blissful Pride took her winning sequence to 12 when landing the Ulster Cesarewitch. The sequence included the Irish Oaks Final.
1985 Early results from frozen semen inseminations in the USA are disappointing with seven out of ten failing to produce pups.
2011 Scottish Derby winner Taylors Cruise and English Derby runner-up Westmead Guru are injured within hours of each other. Cruise breaks down with a muscle injury in an open at Newcastle, Guru breaks a hock in a gallop.
1975 Something had to give when Knockroour Bank (Clomoney Jet-Damsels Lass), on a five-timer and Freddie F, with eight consecutive wins on his card, finally met in the Puppy Derby Final at Wimbledon. The race went to the John Coleman trained Bank with local star Freddie finishing lame and third.
1966 Additional Bord na gCon grants have contributed to Movealong Santa winning over £3,000 (equiv to roughly £46K) in three weeks. His wins included the Irish Leger Tipperary Cup and Guinness 575.
1985 Stewards call an enquiry when it is discovered that Hackney grader Rawleye Earl does not match the markings in his ID book. On checking the dog’s earmarks, the dog turned out to be Priceless Gem who had finished second in the Fengate Collar two months earlier. Examination of “Rawleye’s” Irish card revealed it to be false as it contained trial form when the dog would have only been eight months old. Eleven lines of raceform – with a best line of form of 31.50 – were also found to be false. The Irish Stud Book had no dog registered as Rawleye Earl, nor any record of a supposed mating between sire and dam. The Hackney management withdrew all other runners from trainer Berry Bateman’s kennel pending the enquiry. However before that could take place, the fraudulent identity card went missing from the Hackney racing office.