This race was run at the White City on Saturday 28th June 1958









Pigalle Wonder (1)

Champion Prince

Prairie Peg

4/5 fav

2 3/4 L



Northern Lad (5)

Champion Prince

Choice Beauty





Mile Bush Pride (3)

The Grand Champion

Withching Dancer


4 L



Gentle Touch (4)

Magorna Reject

Abbey Jane


4 3/4 L



Simmer Down Pal (2)

Ollys Pal

Ballygortagh Girl


1 L



Outside Left (6)

Demon King





The Winner was owned by Mr A Burnett

Pigalle Wonder was trained by Jim Syder jnr at Wembley

Northern Lad was trained by Bob Burls at Wembley

Mile Bush Pride was trained by Jack Harvey at Wembley

Gentle Touch was trained by Dennis Hannafin at Wimbledon

Simmer Down Pal was trained privately by Joe Booth

Outside Left was trained by Bob Burls at Wembley

Pigalle Wonder, trained by the Wembley trainer Jim Syder Junior, won the 58 Derby , beating Northern Lad in a time of 28.65.

The Final

Despite the obvious qualities of Pigalle Wonder and Mile Bush Pride, with the former at 4/5 and the latter at 5/2 second favourite, the final was not seen as a two dog match. Clear support was for the wide berthed Outside Left (6/1) and more than one newspaper hack strongly tipped Gentle Touch. However, it was left to Northern Lad to hit the lids first from the 5 box, followed around by Gentle Touch and Pigalle Wonder. Remarkably Northern Lad took up a rails position at the first, a tactic which enabled him to build a clear lead, although Pigalle had moved ominously into second. It was not until the approach to the third bend that Pigalle caught and passed Northern Lad, running on too strongly to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 28.65. Mile Bush Pride had proved no match for Pigalle and was even denied the runners up berth by a fast diminishing neck.




Castledown Lad



Bella’s Prince





Bella’s Witch


Champion Prince






Swanky Jog








Lucy Lilla








Mad Tanist



The Grand Champion





Could Be Worse


Prairie Peg






Astra’s Son



Prairie Vixen





Take Murex


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Jim Syder Senior was one of the early trainers at Wembley Greyhound Stadium alongside the great Bob Burls, a trainer there for 50 years, and Sidney Probert.  He trained So Green, the 6/4 favourite, to win the first puppy Derby at Wimbledon, and Wattle Bark which won the 1937 Greyhound Derby for Mrs Dent. See my page on the 1937 Derby for further details accessible by link below. Note that Jim also had Maiden’s Delight and Grosvenor Bob in the final.
 In the 1950’s his son, Jim Syder Junior trained at Wembley and was responsible for training Pigalle Wonder to capture the 1958 Greyhound Derby. In the 3 weeks prior to the Derby final Jim and his Head lad took it in turns to sleep on a makeshift bed in Pigalle’s kennel, and his food was cooked in a special saucepan to reduce the chance of infection. Jim was one of the earliest trainers to appreciate that diet was extremely important to a racing greyhound, claiming that 75% of the training of a dog was a matter of diet, and the time to build up the strength of the dog with steaks and chicken was a matter of timing. The dog was originally called Prairie Champion and he was owned by Al Burnett who owned the Pigalle Club in Piccadilly. It is most likely that the picture shows Jim Syder Junior with the dog rather than owner Al Burnett, who by this stage was quite elderly.  Jim Junior had earlier trained Firgrove Slipper to win the Gold Collar in 1955. To date they remain the only father and son team to both train winners of the Greyhound Derby.

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With very grateful thanks to Steve McClenn for this scan of the champion.

Semi Finals

The scene was set for two scintillating semi-finals. In the first it was the turn of Mile Bush Pride and although led up on the outside by Outside Left and Gentle Touch, he squeezed between them at the first and sprinted clear to win by 7 lengths in 28.57. Outside Left and Gentle Touch claimed the other 2 finals places. In the second semi-final the supporters of Pigalle Wonder showed some doubt, allowing him to go off at a shade of odds on 4/5. Despite this there was never a concern as Pigalle raced to a 13 length victory in a record breaking 28.44, with Northern Lad and Simmer Down Pal claiming remore minor placings.

SEMI-FINALS Saturday 21st June 1958
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
First Semi-Final   Second Semi-Final
1 MILE BUSH PRIDE 28.57 7 yds 1/2 f   5 PIGALLE WONDER 28.44 13 yds 4/5 f
3 OUTSIDE LEFT 29.06 1 1/4 yds 5/1   1 NORTHERN LAD 29.21 2 1/4 yds 7/2
4 GENTLE TOUCH 29.16 3 yds 10/1   2 SIMMER DOWN PAL 29.35 2 1/2 yds 25/1
2 ARROW BRIDGE 29.35 3/4 yd 6/1   4 KILCASKIN KERN 29.50 2 yds 9/2
6 MERVILLE 29.39   100/7   3 SILVERY AIRWAYS 29.61 2 yds 8/1
            6 INA'S PRINCE 29.74   3/1



Early Rounds

At the outset of this competition it was widely believed that it would be dominated by Mile Bush Pride and Pigalle Wonder. However, as early as round one Pigalle was beaten and a new favourite in the Irish star Kilcashin Kern emerged. The Irish dog was trained by Tony Dennis, the youngest trainer in the competition, and won both first and second round heats, the first in 28.63, although towards the end of the second round he became lame but managed to hold on for victory. Meanwhile, both Pigalle Wonder and Mile Bush Pride won their second round heats, the latter in the faster time , winning in 28.70.

Second Round Heats Thursday 19th June 1958
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
Heat 1   Heat 2
1 KILCASKIN KERN 29.39 1 1/4 yds 2/5 f   5 PIGALLE WONDER 28.76 3 1/4 yds 4/5 f
3 SILVERY AIRWAYS 29.47 2 yds 7/1   6 GENTLE TOUCH 28.96 Sh Head 7/1
2 SIMMER DOWN PAL 29.60   20/1   1 NORTHERN LAD 28.97 2 L 9/2
            4 LOWERTOWN PRINCE 29.10   6/1
Heat 3   Heat 4
1 MILE BUSH PRIDE 28.50 5 1/2 yds 4/6 f   2 MERVILLE 28.97 4 yds 4/1
3 OUTSIDE LEFT 28.83 Sh Head 11/2   5 TOWN PRINCE 29.21 1 1/4 yds 9/4 f
6 ARROW BRIDGE 28.84   10/1   3 INA'S PRINCE 29.29   6/1
5 CLARA PRINCE (5th) 29.16   7/2            


First Round Heats Saturday 14th June 1958
Trap Dog Time Dist. SP   Trap Dog Time Dist. SP
Heat 1   Heat 2
3 KILCASKIN KERN 28.63 4 yds 2/1   3 ARROW BRIDGE 29.05 5 yds 7/4 f
1 DANCING SHEIK 28.87       2 LAKE LUCERNE 29.35    
              BETTER DO IT AGAIN      
Heat 3   Heat 4
2 CLARA PRINCE 28.81 1 yd 2/1   4 GENTLE TOUCH 29.19 Sh Hd 100/7
3 MILE BUSH PRIDE 28.87 2 1/2 yds 5/4 f   2 TOWN PRINCE 29.20 Sh Hd  
1 SIMMER DOWN PAL 29.02   10/1   3 OUTSIDE LEFT 29.21   3/1
              SILVER STRAND      
Heat 5   Heat 6
3 NORTHERN LAD 28.97 2 1/4 yds 5/2   1 MORE TALENT 29.10 2 3/4 yds  
5 HIGHWAY TIM 29.11 1 yd     6 INA'S PRINCE 29.26   3/1
4 LOWERTON PRINCE 29.17   9/4 f     RACING CLIMAX      
  KNOCKNAREA CHANGER                  
Heat 7   Heat 8
1 SILVERY AIRWAYS 29.16 2 yds 8/1   1 RECORDED COURSE 29.36    
4 MELLOW APRIL 29.28 1 yd     3 PIGALLE WONDER (3rd) 29.40   4/9 f
2 MERVILLE 29.34   100/7     HIGHWOOD SOVEREIGN      
6 BEWARE CHARM (5th) 29.68   1/3 f            


Winner Sire Dam Time
Our Defence Defence Leader Our Violet 30.27


Dog Sire Dam Time
Colonel Perry Olly's Quare Rebel Ashgrove Breeze 29.79
Daring Customer Champion Prince Daring Angel  

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