This race was run at the White City Saturday 30th June 1962 .









The Grand Canal (5)

Champion Prince

The Grand Duchess

2/1 fav

1 yd



Powerstown Prospect (4)

Hi There



1 yd



Dromin Glory (6)

Hi There

Dromin Jet





Master McMurragh (2)

Solar Prince

Cailin Orgha


1 1/4 yds



Nash Recorder (3)


Blenheim Princess


3 yds



Trip To Dublin (1)

Black Ball

Pidgeons Fancy




The Winner was owned by Mr P J Dunphy

The Grand Canal was trained by Paddy Dunphy in Ireland

Powerstown Prospect was trained by Ronnie Melville at Wimbledon

Dromin Glory was trained by John Bassett at Clapton

Master McMurragh was trained by Cyril Beaumont at Belle Vue, Manchester

Nash Recorder was trained by Ken Appleton at West Ham

Trip To Dublin was trained by Hugo Spencer at Portsmouth

The Final

Despite defeat in the semis it was The Grand Canal who was made market leader at 2/1 with the Belle Vue trained Master MacMurragh second best at 3/1. As the boxes went up it was The Grand Canal who powered ahead on the outside from Dromin Glory and Trip to Dublin. At the second Trip to Dublin took up his favoured rails slot and moved into second behind The Grand Canal, but Dromin Glory was always close up and regained second spot before the third. He was almost on terms around the third bend until The Grand Canal cut him off and Master MacMurragh emerged as the next challenger. Yet again he was seen off and the runners up spot was claimed by the fast finishing Powerstown Prospect, a respectable length behind victor The Grand Canal with Dromin Glory getting back up by a head in third.




Castledown Lad



Bella’s Prince





Bella’s Witch


Champion Prince






Swanky Jog








Lucy Lilla








Mad Tanist



The Grand Champion





Could be Worse


The Grand Duchess






Quare Times



Quare Fire





Negro’s Fire

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The Grand Canal had forced himself to the front of the ante post market and was made odds on to win his semi final. At the boxes it was Enallidine who led them up from The Grand Canal and Prairie Flash. Lurking behind was 25/1 Dromin Glory, but at the first the picture changed dramatically. Enallidine went lame and interfered with both Biggest Dreamer and Prairie Flash to leave The Grand Canal in the lead and his supporters counting their winnings. Again the picture changed when Prairie Flash renewed a challenge and both Powerstown Propsect and Dromin Glory began taking closer order. It was to be Dromin Glory who found the better turn of foot to overpower The Grand Canal by half a length, although the winning time was a disappointing 29.05. It was a much more open second semi, although Trip to Dublin had his followers at 7/2 and he led alongside Tall Boy Ollie before being forced wide. This left Nash Recorder in the lead closely followed by Master MacMurragh, who was to finish the better to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 29.00.

Semi-Finals Saturday 23rd June 1962
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
First Semi-Final   Second Semi-Final
4 DROMIN GLORY 1/2 yd 29.05 6/1   6 MASTER MACMURRAGH 1 3/4 yds 29.00 4/1
1 THE GRAND CANAL 1/4 yd 29.08 4/6 f   1 NASH RECORDER 1 3/4 yds 29.10 9/2
5 POWERSTOWN PROSPECT 4 3/4 yds 29.10 8/1   5 TRIP TO DUBLIN 1 yd 29.21 7/2 jf
2 PRAIRIE FLASH 1 1/2 yds 29.38 100/6   2 TALL BOY OLLIE 4 yds 29.27 7/2 jf
6 BIGGEST DREAMER   29.47 9/1   3 TROJAN VAN 3 yds 29.51 4/1
3           4 STRIKE LEADER   29.69 10/1


Early Rounds

One by one the ante post favourites dropped like flies with shock after shock in the first round. It was an ex Irish hotpot, trained by Paddy Dunphy, that was to emerge through the graveyard of beaten favourites. Each heat saw the favourite not only beaten but more often than not eliminated. Summerhill Fancy, Westpark and S S Leader had all departed before Jerry's Clipper contested the sixth heat and was expected to dispatch The Grand Canal with his usual efficiency. However, he missed his break behind Ballinasloe Blondie and never was at the races afterwards. By the second bend The Grand Canal was on terms with the early leader and ran on strongly to win by a clear 3 lengths in 28.91. It was a different story for early favourites in the second round, with The Grand Canal once again supreme in coming from behind to win in 29.34 from Master MacMurragh and Enallidine. However, he was the only favourite to triumph as Tall Ball Ollie, Strike Leader and Trip to Dublin were unfancied runners to win.

Second Round Heats Thursday 21st June 1962
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
Heat 1   Heat 2
2 TRIP TO DUBLIN Sh Hd 29.00 6/1   4 THE GRAND CANAL 1 yd 29.34 11/8 f
4 DROMIN GLORY 4 yds 29.01 2/1 f   5 MASTER MACMURRAGH   29.40 11/2
1 BIGGEST DREAMER 1 yd 29.26 11/4            
5 ANCIENT ARCHIE   29.32 11/4            
  DAINTY SPARK (NR)                  
Heat 3   Heat 4
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
5 STRIKE LEADER Sh Hd 29.23 100/8   6 TALL BOY OLLIE 1 1/4 yds 28.95 6/1
6 POWERSTOWN PROSPECT 1/4 yd 29.24 9/2   2 TROJAN VAN 3 yds 29.04 5/2
2 NASH RECORDER 1 yd 29.26 9/2   3 PRAIRIE FLASH 1/4 yd 29.23 100/7
1 HURRY ON KING   29.32 11/4   5 BEAVERWOOD BEN   29.25 5/1


First Round Heats Saturday 16th June 1962
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
            6 Hurry On King 1 1/4 yds 29.20 9/2
            1 Nash Recorder Sh Hd 29.28 2/1 f
            4 Ancient Archie   29.29 7/2
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
5 Powerstown Prospect Neck 29.08 100/7   1 The Grand Canal 3 yds 28.91 5/2
2 Dromin Glory 1/4 yd 29.10 9/2   3 Ballinasloe Blondie 3/4 yds 29.09  
4 Biggest Dreamer   29.12 100/8   2 Trojan Van   29.13 4/1
Trap Dog Distance Time SP   Trap Dog Distance Time SP
2 Laurdella Dancer   29.40     5 Tall Boy Ollie 1 3/4 yds 29.27 5/1
1 Strike Leader (3rd)   29.62 9/4   6 Dancing Point   29.37  
Heat 7   Heat 8
3 MASTER MACMURRAGH 1 yd 29.14 9/2     PRAIRIE FLASH      
5 BEAVERWOOD BEN 3 yds 29.20 3/1            
1 TRIP TO DUBLIN   29.38 3/1            


Winner Sire Dam Time
Summerhill Fancy Knockrour Again Brandon Princess 29.07


Dog Sire Dam Time
Shane's Legacy Knock Hill Chieftan Betsy 29.58
Golden Cheers The Grand Fire Atomic Smart  

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