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Belle Vue Stadium
Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester, UK Manchester-belle-vue-stadium-01.JPG
Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester, UK
Location Belle Vue, Manchester, England
Owned byCrown Oil Pension Fund
Operated by Greyhound Racing Association
Date opened24 July 1926 (1926-07-24)
Official website

Belle Vue Stadium is a greyhound racing track in Belle Vue, Manchester, England, [1] where the first race around an oval track in Britain was held on 24 July 1926. It has also been used for motorcycle speedway, as the home ground of Elite League team Belle Vue Aces from 1988 until 2015, and since 1999 stock car racing and banger racing.

Greyhound racing in the United Kingdom

Greyhound racing is an industry in the United Kingdom. The industry uses a Parimutuel betting tote system with on-course and off-course betting available, with a turnover of £75,100,000.

Belle Vue, Manchester area of Gorton, in the city of Manchester, England

Belle Vue is an area of Manchester, England, east of the city centre, bordered by the Hope Valley Line on the east and the Glossop Line on the west. It is known for the former Belle Vue Zoological Gardens and Belle Vue Stadium.

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 545,500 in 2017; the Greater Manchester Built-up Area is the United Kingdom's second-most populous, with a population of 2.55 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority is Manchester City Council.

Contents

The track is operated by the Greyhound Racing Association, who lease it from owners the Crown Oil Pension Fund. The stadium has luxury glass-fronted grandstands, restaurants, hospitality boxes and bars. Greyhound racing takes place on Saturday evening [2] plus the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) meetings usually staged on Sunday and Wednesdays. [3]

Greyhound Racing Association UK-based private company founded in 1925

The Greyhound Racing Association is a UK-based private company founded in 1925 and involved in the management of sports venues, notably greyhound racing stadia. The company now trades as GRA Acquisition following the sale of the GRA by parent company Wembley plc in 2005.

Speedway

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Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester

Speedway was first held at the stadium during 1928 but was not held again until 1 April 1988, when the Belle Vue Aces returned to the stadium. The team departed Kirkmanshulme Lane at the end of the 2015 season, prior to moving to the new National Speedway Stadium for the 2016 campaign. The shale speedway track was 285 metres (312 yards) in length. [4]

Shale A fine-grained, clastic sedimentary rock

Shale is a fine-grained, clastic sedimentary rock composed of mud that is a mix of flakes of clay minerals and tiny fragments of other minerals, especially quartz and calcite. Shale is characterized by breaks along thin laminae or parallel layering or bedding less than one centimeter in thickness, called fissility. It is the most common sedimentary rock.

Greyhound racing

Origins

In 1925, Charles A. Munn, an American businessman, made a deal with Smith and Sawyer for the rights to promote the greyhound racing in Britain. Although the earlier attempt to introduce mechanical racing at Hendon had almost been forgotten, the pastime of coursing was still strong in Britain. The first person Munn contacted was Major L. Lyne Dixson. The Major was a leading figure in British field sports and was quickly won over to the idea presented to him by the American entrepreneur. [5]

Finding other supporters proved to rather difficult however. With the General Strike of 1926 looming, the two men scoured the country in an attempt to find others who would join them. Eventually they met Brigadier-General Alfred Critchley, who in turn introduced them to Sir William Gentle JP. Between them they raised £22,000 and formed the Greyhound Racing Association Ltd. When deciding where to situate their new stadium, Manchester was considered to be the ideal place because of its sporting and gambling links. Close to the city centre, the consortium erected the first custom-built greyhound stadium and called it Belle Vue. The name of the stadium came from the nearby Belle Vue Zoological Gardens that had been built in 1836 and the land on which the stadium was to stand had been an area of farmland known as Higher Catsknowl and Lower Catsknowl. [6]

1926 United Kingdom general strike May 1926 UK labour dispute

The 1926 general strike in the United Kingdom was a general strike that lasted nine days, from 3 May 1926 to 12 May 1926. It was called by the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in an unsuccessful attempt to force the British government to act to prevent wage reduction and worsening conditions for 1.2 million locked-out coal miners. Some 1.7 million workers went out, especially in transport and heavy industry. The government was prepared and enlisted middle class volunteers to maintain essential services. There was little violence and the TUC gave up in defeat. Though nine days in, the TUC leadership knew 'the government could hold out longer than the workers', it was perceived at the time as a 'brilliant failure'. According to a leading TUC researcher, Walter Milne-Bailey, 'There has never been a more amazing display of labour solidarity and the effect of such a demonstration must inevitably be deep and enduring. Workers have learnt a new sense of their oneness and their power.' In the 1929 general election, the Labour Party won more seats than any other party in Parliament for the first time in its history.

Alfred Critchley British politician

Air Commodore Alfred Cecil Critchley, was a military commander, entrepreneur and politician in the United Kingdom. He served as a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) from 1934 to 1935.

Sir William Benjamin Gentle was known for his work in fighting racecourse crime and was jointly responsible for promoting greyhound racing in the United Kingdom.

Opening

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The first meeting

The very first race around an oval track in Britain was held on 24 July 1926. More than 1,700 people were attracted to the meeting where they watched a greyhound called Mistley win over 440 yards (402 m). [7]

Six races with seven dogs in each race were held in the first meeting. Fifty years later a stand was named after Mistley, the winner of the first race at 6-1 from trap one. Running the quarter-mile flat course in 25 seconds, Mistley romped home eight lengths clear at 6–1. [8]

The first Director of racing was Major-General T Anderson and the first Racing Manager was L.V.Browne. Trainers included Tom Fear, Bill Brinkley & Jack Harvey. After the end of that first meeting, the GRA were horrified to find they had made a loss of £50 but as it turned out they clearly had made a good decision because 16,000 turned up the following week. The first three-month racing season saw more than 11,000 racegoers, 37 meetings and 221 races The consortium repaid a £10,000 bank loan and shares in the new company rose from their initial value of one shilling to £37–10–00 (the equivalent of £37.50 for an outlay of 5p). [9]

Going to the dogs became a national pastime and the GRA became a substantial company.

Pre-War

By June 1927, the stadium was attracting almost 70,000 visitors a week. Belle Vue increased the number of runners per race to seven, but after the formation of the National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) in 1928 the maximum number of dogs per race was limited to six. The phenomenal success resulted in an almost instant and dramatic mass build of greyhound stadiums. One early supplier of greyhounds to Belle Vue was Sidney Orton, a Norfolk farmer who sold 17 greyhounds to Belle Vue for £170 in 1927. Orton would eventually turn his attention to training them at Burhill kennels for Wimbledon Stadium. [10] In 1927, Bonzo, handled by Belle Vue trainer Harry Buck, was the first winner of the Grand National, known as the Champion Hurdle at the time. [11] In 1930, Belle Vue had an English Greyhound Derby finalist when Dresden trained by Eddie Wright finished fourth to none other than Mick the Miller. [12]

Belle Vue introduced the Northern Flat as their first major event in 1927. In 1930, as the sport continued as the nation’s leading pastime, the GRA acquired the nearby White City track in the Old Trafford area from Canine Sports Ltd. [13] The first major Belle Vue hound was Wild Woolley; the brindle dog had won the Derby with Jack Rimmer in 1932 but switched kennels to join Jimmy Campbell. Belle Vue had 320 heated kennels housing both track's greyhounds and Wild Woolley won the Northern Flat in a world record time and the Laurels the following year before returning to Rimmer.

In 1936, Banksell won the Edinburgh Cup for John Dickenson and Genial Radiance claimed the Oaks for A.G.Hiscock. The Northern 700 was set up as a new race in 1937 joining the Northern Flat as prominent events. It was in 1937 that GRA purchased the land on which the stadium sat bringing the whole operation into their hands. Crowds continued to flock to the race meetings even as war broke out and racing was restricted to daytimes or summer. [14] Billy Butlin sat on the board of directors in 1947. [15]

1950s

In 1957, Cyril Beamount’s Ballypatrick took the Scottish Greyhound Derby title and during June 1964 Belle Vue won the Greyhound Derby for the first time, Hack Up Chieftain trained by Percy Stagg and owned by S.Donohue had won a minor open at Belle Vue when watched by Brigadier General Critchley a GRA Director. Critchley suggested that the greyhound be offered the 48th and last place in that year’s event. Mr W S Mulley became Racing Manager in the early fifties and would eventually be replaced by Arthur Aldridge in 1959 who in turn left to be replaced by Norman Russell in the early sixties. The track was chosen by the NGRC to host the BBC Television Trophy four times from 1961 to 1982. [16]

1960s

In 1961, the GRA introduced under track heating systems at Belle Vue, Harringay and White City following a successful trial in Scotland. Electric cables were basically sewn into the track by the tractor and a team of workers about eight inches under the turf. They would prove to be useful until the advent of all sand tracks. In 1971 Hall Green Racing Manager Sid Wood moved to Belle Vue and Bob Rowe (son of Leicester Racing Manager John Rowe) filled the position at Hall Green. This was the same year that the GRA experimented with eight dog racing. In fact the Northern Flat took place as an eight dog competition, the first major event to do so. [17]

1970s

The 1970s started well when Stan Mitchell was named Greyhound Trainer of the Year. [18] Following the closure of West Ham in 1972, the classic race known as the Cesarewitch was transferred to sister track Belle Vue and GRA Director of Racing Major Percy Brown retired after 40 years in the sport. It was in the seventies that Belle Vue underwent a £500,000 facelift, the previously mentioned Mistley stand was built and the track was able to offer a state of the art restaurant and tote facilities. The popular side stand was also renamed the Chieftain stand after their Derby champion. [19]

During the Silver Jubilee year of 1977 Balliniska Band trained by Eddie Moore claimed a second Greyhound Derby crown for Belle Vue and owner Raphael Bacci. Norman Porter was the Racing Manager at Belle Vue in 1983 when the White City track in Manchester closed its doors. Consequently, the Cock O’the North race was switched to Belle Vue but the Manchester Cup, a former Belle Vue event was scrapped.

1980s

Ian Travis became Racing Manager in 1987 and the Cesarewitch was moved to sister track Catford Stadium.

1990s

In 1995 but the Laurels arrived from Wimbledon in 1997.

2000-present

In 2004, the Gold Collar was hosted by the track following the closure of Catford and a few years later the original classic race the Scurry Gold Cup was brought to the track in an attempt to save the classic race. [20] The Gold Collar and Gorton Cup were discontinued.

In 2014, the National Asset Management Agency (who is the parent company of the GRA) sold Belle Vue Stadium for £2.6 million to Crown Oil Pension Fund, [21] but have a leaseback until 2028 at a rent of £249,000 per year. [22] Mutual break options were included in the 15 year tenancy agreement. A similar lease back agreement was agreed in the sale of the Hall Green Stadium with a break clause after five years which was exercised and Hall Green closed in July 2017. [23]

In 2018, the Oaks was given to Towcester following the decision by GRA to reduce their major race schedule. [24] During the same year the stadium signed a deal with ARC to race every Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning. [25]

Competitions

[26]

Scurry Gold Cup

Northern Flat

Laurels

Cesarewitch

Oaks

Gold Collar

Cock o' the North

Manchester Cup

Gorton Cup

YearWinnerBreedingTrainerTimeSP
1991 Mr BawnSpecial Merchant – Bawnard MonaMick Cowley (Private)28.194-1
1992 Pond TornadoI'm Slippy – Pond MosquitoHarry Williams (Sunderland) 28.007-4f
1993 Watch The BunnyI'm Slippy – Mixed Up LadyFrank Watson (Belle Vue)28.064-1
1994 Just Right KylieKyle Jack – Im A Duchess Charlie Lister (Private)28.302-1
1995 White InkAlpine Minister – Cailfornia BlueJimmy Gibson (Belle Vue)28.312-1f
1996 Burnpark LordAirmount Grand – Burnpark LisaDave Hopper (Sheffield) 27.787-4f
1997 Aztec TravelAdraville Bridge – Lisnac FlyerNick Savva - Walthamstow28.363-1
1998 Spoonbill SnoweyRight Wish – Clohast WishMichael Bacon (Perry Barr) 28.5911-8f
1999 Thornfield FlashHighmoor Glen – Thornfield SophiRon Coulton (Private)28.235-4f
2000 Farloe CobblerCry Dalcash – Farloe PostBarrie Draper (Sheffield) 28.021-1f
2001 Forans FieldStaplers Jo – Much BetterBarrie Draper (Sheffield) 27.819-2
2002 Pack Them InSpiral Nikita – Supa ScoreAndy Heyes (Belle Vue)29.055-6f
2003 Lockup FirediceCushie Draco – Cushie FlairJohn Mullins (Walthamstow) 27.878-1
2004 HoldyoursilenceTop Honcho – MisshenrietabellLiz McNair (Private)27.7210-1
2005 Joes GemLarkhill Jo – Droopys NancyOtto Kueres (Belle Vue)27.717-1
2006*Ballymac RoosterRoanokee – Ballymac PepesCarly Philpott (Private)27.697-4
2007 Manic MilePacific Mile – Cute MandieGraham Hutt (Private)27.916-4f
2008 Blenhiem DubhDroopys Vieri – Blenhiem QueenJulie Bateson (Private)27.957-4f
2009 Royal WarriorSpiral Nikita – Axle GreaseStuart Mason (Private)27.826-4f

Northern Stayers Stakes

Formerly the Northern 700

YearWinnerBreedingTrainerTimeSP
1937 Sleeping HornerJimmy Campbell Harringay) 41.015-4f
1946 Torard RoseR Hencher (Belle Vue)41.364-1
1947 Jersey CreameryRoeside Creamery – Jersey LilyPercy Stagg (White City, Man) 41.589-4
1948 Kilbelin DancerBellas Prince – KilgowanPercy Stagg –(White City, Man) 40.934-7f
1949 Rio CeprettaFlying Dart – Rio CzarinaStanley Biss (Clapton) 40.998-1
1950 Caledonian FaithTrain – Caledonian DesireA Mountfield (Private)40.966-1
1951 Brooklands ExpressK Fraser (Belle Vue)41.2211-2
1952 Malanna MaceHenry Parsons (Crayford) 40.881-2f
1953 Mottram HeroKilrid Hero – Samsons SpiderR Hencher (Belle Vue)40.947-4f
1955 Registered CashBahs Choice – Any CashPercy Stagg (White City, Man) 40.907-2
1956 Duke Of Alva Ballymac Ball - Marchioness MinnieTed Brennan (Owlerton) 41.221-2f
1957 Baytown DroneOllys Pal – Baytown ButtonHarry Bidwell (Owlerton) 40.936-1
1958 Lancewood OllyOllys Pal – Maggies Choice IITed Brennan (Owlerton) 41.886-1
1959 Come To JohnnyThe Grand Champion – Shaggy LakeJack Brennan (Darnall) 40.126-1
1960 Finisk RiverThe Grand Champion – Kilahalla PeggyCyril Beumont (Belle Vue)41.802-1
1961 Master Mac MurraghSolar Prince – Cailin OrghaCyril Beumont (Belle Vue)41.06
1962 DevilmentSolar Prince – All SteelRon Chamberlain (Private)40.53
1963 BuckwheatCrazy Parachute – Tornado LassPaddy Keane (Private)41.28
1964 JoystickCrazy Parachute – Snowfire LadyHarry Bamford (White City, Man) 40.598-1
1965 Grove RamblerHi There – Grove CheerfulHarry Bamford (Private)41.97
1966 Coloured BillBuffalo Bill – Fast Sister Jim Hookway (Owlerton) 40.54
1967 Outcast MadCrazy Parachute – Stokesfield LassJim Irving (Private)40.86
1968 Booked SixBooked Out - TechnicianWilf France (Belle Vue)41.38
1969 Aughgar KingMonalee King – White MayJohn Horsfall (Catford) 40.4310-1
1970 MeronomePrince of Roses – MeteoricHarry Bamford (White City, Man) 40.187-1
1971 Knock OffAristos – Last PotHarry Bamford (Belle Vue)39.29
1972 Albany RangerShanes Legacy – Little JusticeEddie Moore (White City, Man) 40.165-1
1973 Poor RudolfMovealong Santa – Light MadamHarry Bamford (Belle Vue)39.807-2
1974 Boreen Spec40.25
1975 Moy MonaMonlaee Gambler - MronomeHarry Bamford (White City, Man) 39.72
1976 WowSole Aim – Ardnalee GallantRon Saunders (White City, Man) 39.305-2
1977 MontreenMoordyke Spot - AvondaleHarry Bamford (Belle Vue)39.254-6f
1978 Jims ImageJimsun – Wall TieAndy Agnew (Perry Barr) 39.96
1979 Kilbelin RulerSupreme Fun - DuritzaGeorge Barnett (White City, Man) 40.85
1980 Honeygar KidItsachampion – Moorstown FogRay Andrews (Leeds) 40.23
1982 Catsrock TigerHunday Champion – Lighter SideA Smith (Private)39.545-1
1983 Sugar PalmBrave Bran – Bridgeview Star40.47
1984 Feeling GreatSuir Miller – Single Luck41.36
1990 Fair And SquareGame Ball – Veazie AnnD Hicken (Private)40.608-1

1937-74 (700 yards), 1975-90 (647 metres)

Track records

Current

Distance
metres
GreyhoundTimeDateNotes
260Trapstyle Jet [27] 14.7814.10.2017
470Barnfield On Air [28] 27.2004.10.2007
590Blakefield Jack [29] 35.0319.09.2015
670Wordsandatune [30] 40.1520.08.2009
878Capoley Ash [31] 54.2808.11.2011
470 HPlatinumlancelot [32] 27.8509.06.2009

Previous

Post-metric

Distance
metres
GreyhoundTimeDateNotes
237Kilree Parade14.6914.07.1984
237Parliament Act14.2508.03.2001
237Laser Beam14.1813.02.2005
237Laser Beam14.0510.05.2005
237Little Flash14.0231.07.2005
250Night Runner14.3709.05.1987
250Guleen Wishes14.351988
250Ravage Again14.2018.05.1990
260Quick Bozz15.2308.11.2005
260Hackman15.2328.05.2006
260Jetharts Here15.2120.09.2007
260Lunar Vacation15.1201.11.2007
260Boherbradda Mac15.0731.01.2008
260Abbeyside Bart15.0623.10.2008
260Pennylane Flash15.0528.05.2009 Scurry Gold Cup Heats
260Centaur Allstar15.0004.06.2009 Scurry Gold Cup Semi-finals
260Drumcove Lad14.9620.10.2011 Scurry Gold Cup Final
260 hurdlesBlonde Chief15.7626.02.2006
460Balliniska Band27.2609.04.1977
460Kickham Inn27.2615.05.1978
460Hillville Flyer27.15May 1982
460Fearless Mover27.04May 1982
460Precious Prince27.9901.12.1984 Northern Flat Final
460Fearless Action27.5719.10.1985Manchester Puppy Cup Heats
460Fearless Action27.5624.10.1985Manchester Puppy Cup semi-f
460Fearless Action27.5117.05.1986
460Fearless Action27.5027.09.1986
465Upade Joe27.3711.05.2001
465Bat On27.3613.02.2005
465Bat On27.3410.05.2005 Gold Collar Final
465Moatview Lady27.3407.08.2005
465 hurdlesMeanus Dandy28.1327.08.1977
465 hurdlesBewitching Tess29.3415.03.1986
465 hurdlesDistant Panther28.9924.09.1988
465 hurdlesGreek Commander28.6002.08.1994
465 hurdlesBorn to Go28.1524.07.2001
465 hurdlesDrive Up Sam27.9206.07.2004
470Sky Blue Honcho28.0418.08.2005
470Fear Me27.4517.09.2005Manchester Puppy Cup Heats
470Geordie Parker27.4113.07.2006 Northern Flat Semi-finals
470Barnfield On Air27.3227.09.2007 Laurels Heats
470 hurdlesTaipan28.2524.10.2006
590Thunderbird Two35.1113.11.2005
590Vatican Jinky35.0625.09.2007 Gold Collar Final
645Montreen39.2509.04.1977
645Fergus Rock40.6924.07.1984
645Glenbrien Smut40.0828.09.1985
645Aglish Blaze39.6416.08.1994
645 hurdlesJanuary Prince42.0014.04.1962
647Drumsna Cross39.5310.08.2000
647Creamery Puzzle39.1129.06.2004 Cock o' the North semi-finals
647Roxholme Girl39.0125.11.2004 Gold Collar Final
647Roxholme Girl38.9610.05.2005
647Zigzag Kit38.9518.08.2005 Cock o' the North heats
647Zigzag Kit38.8523.08.2005 Cock o' the North semi-finals
647 hurdlesEl Tenor41.0918.05.1999
670Roxholme Boy40.5420.07.2006 Cock o' the North heats
670Calzaghe Frisby40.3024.10.2006
670Hurleys Hero40.1809.06.2009 Cock o' the North Final
815Visiting Time50.8806.09.1980
815Laden Jennie52.3015.09.1984
853 Scurlogue Champ 54.7821.09.1987
853 Scurlogue Champ 54.6228.09.1987
853Decoy Lynx54.5917.06.1994
875Let Us Know54.5023.10.2001
878Roxholme Girl54.3318.03.2006 Television Trophy Heats

Pre-metric

Distance
yards
GreyhoundTimeDateNotes
500Wild Woolley28.491932 Northern Flat final, world record
500Jamboree Reveller28.4020.04.1940
500Dark Hissop28.2707.1946
500Newceston Ration28.071950
500Rushton Spot27.7321.07.1954
700Congleton Lord40.9504.05.1938
700Killcoran Castle40.831950
700Come To Johnny40.1210.10.1959
700Mighty Kern40.0725.07.1964
700Stolen Silver08.1968
700Meronome39.961970
700Knock Off39.3819718 runner race
880Tanyard Princess51.6905.12.1959
880Chantilly Lace51.381961 TV Trophy final
880Meteoric50.9424.10.1964
934Western Stream55.3028.07.1951
500 HDouro29.4526.09.1928National Record
500 HMoorbrook Airmouse29.1925.07.1959
500 HMystic Scamp=29.1911.08.1965
500 HBlue Sprite29.1211.08.1965
500 HFeakles Wish28.921970
700 HGrouncil43.9120.09.1933
525 CClarehill Rambler30.0208.08.1959chase
525 CClarehill Rambler=30.0215.08.1959chase

See also

1926 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year

Protests

Since 2007 weekly protests have been held against the greyhound racing by animal welfare organisations including a 2014 protest held on the 88th anniversary of the opening of Belle Vue. [33]

In 2008, the Sunday Times revealed that Belle Vue greyhounds had been sent for research at Liverpool Veterinary School by Charles Pickering. The Greyhound Board of Great Britain Disciplinary Committee found Pickering in breach of nine rules of racing and ordered that he be made a Warned Off person and fined the sum of £5,000. [34] Incidents during 2010 and 2014 raised concerns over injury rates at Belle Vue. [35] As of 2017 all injury data was made publicly available and independently verified. [36] A 2012 article by the Sunday Express alleged that the kennels of two trainers were in kept in unacceptable conditions and highlighted welfare issues. [37] In 2018 licensing and inspecting trainer's kennels was changed and to be conducted through the government-approved, UKAS accredited method. [38]

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