HOVE GREYHOUND STADIUM

This site is not an official website for the track shown here and is neither approved or endorsed by the stadium. I am indebted to Richard English for the scans of badges on this page.

Brighton Greyhound Stadium, based in Hove, has been at the forefront of greyhound racing since the sports early days, opening in May 1928. It boasts very good amenities and good class racing. The very first race run at the track, over 525 yards, was the Hove Stakes and was won by Costs. The main distances used at the track are sprints over 285 metres, standard 515 metres, middle distance 695 metres and marathons over 970 metres. The track is famous for a number of principal races it hosts, notably The Regency Stakes contested each March over 740 metres, and the Olympic. In 1948 Bunnys Hoard was successful in The Regency.

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In 1977 the English Derby winner of that year, Ballinska Band, won over 500 metres im a time of 28.99 secs.
The track also hosts the Sussex Cup and Derby winners have been triumphant in this in the past. House Hunter was the winner in 1986 and The Jolly Norman won it in 1983.It was at Brighton and Hove that the famous Ballyregan Bob set his world record of 32 consecutive wins when trained by local trainer George Curtis.
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Track Records, as of 1947, are shown below together with an indication of how fast the time is in comparison to other tracks, both for currently open and defunct tracks, in the UK. Ratings are between 0 and 100, where 100 is an extremely fast time and reflects the speed of the track, tightness of the circuit and quality of greyhound visiting the tracks. I am grateful to Tony Nash for providing the data.
SPRINTS (up to 385m) STANDARD (386-549m) DISTANCE (550-699m) EXTENDED (700-999m)
Hove Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
STANDARD 525 yards Jesmond Cutlet 29.36 secs Rating 29 10th July 1938
STANDARD 565 yards Roving Spring 31.61 secs Rating 28 14th September 1936
EXTENDED 800 yards Grosvenor Edwin 46.35 secs Rating 30 15th August 1938
Track Records as of 1987
SPRINT 285 metres Fell Swoop 16.55 secs Rating 68
STANDARD 515 metres Glen Miner 29.62 secs Rating 77
DISTANCE 695 metres Ballyregan Bob 41.13 secs Rating 85
EXTENDED 740 metres Apache Warrior 44.15 secs Rating 77

Track Records, as of September 2014, are shown below together with an indication of how fast the time is in comparison to other tracks, both for currently open and defunct tracks, in the UK. Ratings are between 0 and 100, where 100 is an extremely fast time and reflects the speed of the track, tightness of the circuit and quality of greyhound visiting the tracks.
SPRINTS (up to 385m) STANDARD (386-549m) DISTANCE (550-699m) EXTENDED (700-999m)
Brighton Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
SPRINT 285 metres Jimmy Lolly 16.89 secs. Rating 48 7th October 2010
STANDARD 475 metres Swift Star 27.47 secs Rating 72 1st May 2002
DISTANCE 695 metres Caloona Striker 40.73 secs Rating 79 21st JuneĀ  2005
EXTENDED 740 metres Form of Magic 43.59 secs Rating 89 3rd March 2002

I am grateful to Jon Seddon for the following link to a map showing the whereabouts of the old track
http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maps.html?txtXCoord=528519&txtYCoord=106320

This section gives a comprehensive picture of the badges produced by the track throughout the ages, but only provides the briefest of glimpses of its history. For those wishing to undertake further research we can recommend a visit to

http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwgreyhoundd-21 where further reading can be undertaken.

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If you have rare Hove badges and artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net