1928 English Greyhound Derby

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1928 English Greyhound Derby
Location White City Stadium
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The 1928 Greyhound Derby Final took place on 28 July 1928 at White City Stadium.[1] There was an increase in prize money on the previous year with the Greyhound Racing Association offering substantial sums of £1,500 and a gold cup for the winner, £500 to the runner-up and £200 to third place.[2] The Derby distance increased from 500 to 525 yards and all the qualifying rounds were held at White City. There were 96 entries from around the country.[3]

Final result[edit]

At White City (over 525 yards):[4]

Position Name of Greyhound Breeding Trap SP Time Trainer
1st Boher Ash Over the Water - Honey Bee II 1 5-1 30.48 Tommy Johnston Sr. (Powderhall)
2nd Fabulous Figure De Novo - Flash and Flare 2 11-10f 30.50 Joe Harmon (White City - London)
3rd Musical Box Jamie - Bracelet 4 5-1 30.52 John 'Jack' Golder (White City - London)
4th Bendeemer Ballyshannon - Ballyvoyle 3 100-8 30.68 John 'Jack' Kennedy (Harringay)
5th Moorland Rover Cheerful Speed - Moorland Falcon 5 4-1 30.74 Godfrey Hyde-Clarke (White City - London)
6th Baby Elephant Jamie - Naughty Ninette 6 20-1 30.80 Joe Harmon (White City - London)


hd, hd, 2, ¾, ¾ (lengths)
The distances between the greyhounds are in finishing order and shown in lengths. From 1927-1950 one length was equal to 0.06 of one second but race times are shown as 0.08 as per modern day calculations.[5]


Boher Ash, a brindle dog owned by Mrs Molly Stokes won his first round heat by 8 lengths in a time of 30.70 sec at a starting price of 8/11. He continued his winning ways in the second round when winning by 5 lengths in a time of 30.59 at evens favourite.[6]

In the semi-finals, Fabulous Figure inflicted a 3 length defeat on Bendeemer (10-1) in 30.76. Boher Ash scraped through to the final after the Edinburgh dog missed the break. The winner of the second semi-final was Musical Box in a time of 30.80, one length ahead of Moorland Rover. Baby Elephant, a further length back claimed the last spot in the final.[6]

The final was made up of five greyhounds from London and one (Boher Ash) from Scotland. Fabulous Figure was installed as 11/10 favourite; with the trap 5 dog Moorland Rover the second favourite at 4/1. From the traps the favourite was boxed in but Boher Ash was lying handy. Boher Ash took the lead at the half way mark and held on to win by a half-length from the fast finishing favourite. Musical Box was a neck further away in third.[6]

See Also[edit]

1928 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year


  1. ^ "Results". Times [London, England] 30 July 1928: 4. The Times Digital Archive.
  2. ^ "1928". Greyhound Data.
  3. ^ Dack, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years, page 54 & 55. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  4. ^ "1928". Greyhound Data.
  5. ^ Genders, Roy (1990). NGRC book of Greyhound Racing (Timekeeper) p310. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  6. ^ a b c Dack, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.