The Only Scottish Dog To Win the Greyhound Derby
The Geryhound Derby was first held in 1927, since then there has only been one dog from Scotland that has taken first place. Here is the story of the only Scottish dog to win the Greyhound Derby.
In 1928, only the second year that the Greyhound Derby had been held, a total of 91 dogs were entered into the event, held at White City in London. Of those, 56 were from London, 10 from Manchester, 6 from Birmingham, 4 from Edinburgh, 3 from Dublin, 2 from Belfast, two from Bristol and one dog each from Glasgow, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Nottingham, Cardiff, Bradford, Brighton and Slough. The Greyhound Derby that year was won by one of the entrants from Edinburgh, Scotland – it has gone down in history as being the only Scottish dog to win the event.
(Boher Ash - winner of the 1928 Greyhound Derby - Image Source)
The name of the Scottish dog that won the 1928 Greyhound Derby was Boher Ash; it was one of the 4 entrants from Edinburgh. The dog was owned by a Mrs Stokes who had purchased Boher Ash for £25, before sending it to Tom Johnson at the Powderhall track for training. The training must have been successful, as Boher Ash took the title at the Greyhound Derby.
The first two round of the 1928 Derby went well for Boher Ash, the dog ran well. In the semi-final though, things didn’t go too well, the dog appeared to be slow, perhaps tired, but still managed to finish third – it was enough to reach the final. The favourite for the final was Fabulous Figure who was given odds of 11-10 to take the Greyhound Derby title. Boher Ash was only 4th favourite and was given odds of 5-1 to win. The Edinburgh dog made a great start to the race but by the halfway mark, Boher Ash had slipped to second place. In the very last moments of the race though, Boher Ash managed to push through and reclaim first place, taking the Greyhound Derby title by half-a-length from Fabulous Figure.
Mrs Stokes, owner of Boher Ash, certainly had a good day. Not only did her dog win, she picked up a prize-winning cheque for £1,500. Her luck didn’t run out there though, Mrs Stokes had also put a considerable bet on Bosher Ash winning the Greyhound Derby; at the price of 5-1, a considerable profit was made from there.
In all the years since 1928, the Greyhound Derby has been ran without another dog from Scotland taking first place, despite many entering. Perhaps in the future, there will be another Scottish dog that takes the Greyhound Derby title.