|Operated by||Ladbrokes Coral|
|Race type|| Greyhound racing |
Monmore Green Stadium is a greyhound racing and speedway stadium located in Wolverhampton.The stadium has private suites, a restaurant and a number of bars. The venue is owned and operated by the Ladbrokes Coral group.
Motorcycle speedway is raced there on Monday nights with the Wolverhampton Wolves competing in the top division of the sport, the Elite League where the team is captained by Speedway Grand Prix rider, Sweden's Fredrik Lindgren. Other riders who have ridden for the Wolves over the years include Britain's twice Speedway World Champion Tai Woffinden, multiple World Champions Ole Olsen and Hans Nielsen from Denmark, 1993 World Champion Sam Ermolenko of the United States and assorted others including England's Andy Grahame, Australians Jim Airey and Mark Fiora and America's 1982 World Pairs Champions Dennis Sigalos and Bobby Schwartz.
On some alternate Monday nights, National League team Cradley Heathens also race at Monmore Green(Affectionately nicknamed Monmore Wood in tribute to Dudley Wood).
The speedway track at Monmore Green is 264 metres (289 yards) long and the current 4 lap track record is held by Australian Darcy Ward with a time of 53.45 set on 10 August 2015.
Matinée races take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays with evening race meetings on Thursday and Saturday nights. The track hosts several major races including the Ladbrokes Gold Cup, Ladbrokes Puppy Derby, Ladbrokes Festival 630's, Ladbrokes Summer Cup and from 2015 the prestigious puppy competition the Trafalgar Cup.
The track features prominently in the song "Monmore, Hare's Running" on the 1997 album Voyage to the Bottom of the Road by the band Half Man Half Biscuit.
Monmore opened in 1928 south-east of Wolverhampton and south of the Sutherland Road between the Great Western Railway line and East Park (a large sculptured park and gardens). The official opening night was Wednesday 11 January 1928 organised by a company called the Midland Greyhound Racing Association. A 10,000 strong crowd witnessed the seven races including two hurdle events and the first greyhound to win a race was Arrow Tranby winning one of the 500 yards races in a time of 32.08 secs at odds of 6-1 when winning the Shirley Stakes.
In 1935 the large resident Monmore kennels were split into two sections and also served Willenhall Greyhound Stadium. Unlike many tracks Monmore remained open during the majority of the war and introduced the Midland Puppy Championship in 1943, which would become the Midland Puppy Derby and then the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby (not to be confused with the more prestigious Puppy Derby held at Wimbledon Stadium). The company ran a policy of having joint Racing Managers covering both Monmore and Willenhall. In the fifties Peter Cartwright left his position as Racing Manager to join the National Greyhound Racing Club and was replaced by Bob Harwood. Further competitions were introduced at the track that included the Midland St Leger, Midland Classic Potential, Pride of the Midlands and Staffordshire Knot.
In 1963 a devastating fire swept through the main grandstand resulting in the closure of the track for a considerable period whilst repairs were made. The annual Midland Puppy Championship had to be switched to Willenhall. The fire instigated a major change with the grandstand undergoing significant investment in the mid-sixties to include an ultra-modern glass fronted restaurant with tiered viewing and waitress service. It brought the facilities up to date and attracted outside interest from the Totalisators and Greyhound Holdings (TGH). In 1970 TGH purchased Willenhall and Monmore from the Midland Greyhound Racing Co Ltd to add to the existing tracks of Crayford & Bexleyheath, Gosforth, Leeds and Brough Park that they already owned. Four years later in 1974 Ladbrokes bought out TGH and added another racetrack Perry Barr. Arthur Aldridge became Racing Director for Ladbrokes and following the 1981 decimation of horse racing fixtures due to bad weather the track held BAGS (Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Service) fixtures for the first time.
The tracks resident kennels were demolished in the late eighties making way for the contract trainer system and Jim Woods arrived from Nottingham Greyhound Stadium to take over as Racing Manager with Bob Harwood General Manager. The stadium hosted the Golden Jacket classic race in 1986 before it moved to Crayford Stadium and a pre-war event the Midland Gold Cup returned in 1994.The stadium underwent changes in 1996 including a change of hare system from a Sumner to a Swaffham.
2011 was a very successful year for the track when they won the BAGS National Track Championshipand trainer Chris Allsopp became champion trainer. In 2013 Jim Woods retired after a 31-year career handing the reigns to Tony Williamson. The prestigious Trafalgar Cup competition was held for the first time in 2015.
In 2018 the stadium signed a deal with SIS to race every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon and every Thursday and Saturday evening.Leading trainer Kevin Hutton joined the track in August 2018.
Ladbrokes Gold Cup
Ladbrokes Puppy Derby
Ladbrokes Gold Cup Festival 630
Ladbrokes Spring Festival 630
Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic
|210||Andlyns Asabat||12.45||8 May 2014|
|264||Jetharts Here||14.95||8 September 2007|
|416||Southfield Jock||24.01||4 December 2015|
|480||Ballymac Eske||27.48||28 June 2012|
|630||Iceman Brutus||37.07||20 August 2007||Ladbrokes Gold Cup heats|
|684||Centour Corker||40.60||29 May 2003||Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic Final|
|835||Slick Strauss||51.00||17 August 2017|
|900||Aayamza Royale||55.00||22 May 2021||TV Trophy final|
|480 hurdles||Brave Ruler||28.88||26 July 1999|
|210||Cry Havoc||12.64||20 March 1997|
|264||Parliament Act||15.32||28 August 2001|
|264||Boher Chief||15.30||27 May 2004|
|264||La Galga||15.24||11 August 2005|
|264||La Galga||15.23||26 August 2005|
|264||Winnies Dancer||15.22||8 October 2005|
|264||Ningbo Jack||15.09||12 June 2006|
|264||Paid Boss||15.08||24 August 2007|
|277||Cross Bar||16.66||19 April 1984|
|277||Fearless Champ||16.34||9 November 1985|
|416||Devitos Chance||24.96||10 December 1997|
|416||Moynies Cash||24.57||3 July 2004|
|416||Woodcroft Jo||24.51||4 September 2004|
|416||Belindas Company||24.33||23 September 2006|
|416||Funtime Chunky||24.33||24 August 2007|
|416||Last Mohican||24.30||5 July 2008|
|416||Loughbeag Roopy||24.22||26 June 2010|
|416||Guinness Sky||24.21||24 June 2013|
|460||Larkhill Jo||27.15||10 April 1997|
|462||Hume Silver||28.15||14 April 1984|
|462||Fearless Champ||28.12||18 January 1986|
|480||Larkhill Jo||27.95||7 July 1997||Midland Gold Cup semi-final|
|480||Knocktoosh Queen||27.93||9 August 2003|
|480||Express Hancho||27.91||23 August 2003||Ladbrokes Gold Cup semi-finals|
|480||Westmead Eagle||27.85||17 March 2005|
|480||Ballymac Pires||27.82||17 March 2005||Ladbrokes Puppy Derby final|
|480||Blonde Dino||27.81||8 September 2007|
|480||Ballymac Ruso||27.79||6 December 2008|
|480||Bandicoot Tipoki||27.76||12 March 2009||Ladbrokes Puppy Derby heats|
|480||Farloe Lee||=27.76||12 March 2009||Ladbrokes Puppy Derby heats|
|480||Target Classic||27.71||7 December 2009|
|480||Farley Blitz||27.60||13 February 2010|
|484||Duke of Avon||29.22||5 July 1979|
|484||Keen Mint||29.55||11 October 1982|
|484||Fearless Power||29.26||8 November 1986|
|484||Darragh Commet||29.08||11 February 1989|
|630||Spring Rose||37.90||10 May 1997|
|630||Slippy Elite||37.81||28 November 1998|
|630||Form of Magic||37.56||16 May 2002||Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic heats|
|630||Marmions||37.42||20 May 2004||Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic semi|
|630||Westmead Hawk||37.08||20 May 2005|
|647||Telecomm Tiger||40.42||18 October 1986|
|647||Catunda Flame||40.33||8 July 1989|
|647||Easy Bimbo||40.18||13 July 1991|
|647||Highmoor Glen||40.10||10 July 1993|
|684||True Honcho||41.03||14 April 2001|
|692||Desert Fame||43.41||25 April 1984|
|692||Miss Bluebird||43.37||29 October 1985|
|815||Lizzies Girl||52.16||23 April 1975||BBC TV Trophy Final|
|815||Scurlogue Champ||51.80||15 May 1985||BBC TV Trophy heats|
|815||Scurlogue Champ||51.64||22 May 1985||BBC TV Trophy final|
|835||Spenwood Gem||52.09||17 September 1998|
|835||Knappogue Oak||52.09||28 August 2001|
|835||Minglers Moth||52.01||15 August 2002|
|835||Hesley Gale||51.95||27 May 2004|
|835||Head Iton Tonge||51.60||21 June 2007|
|835||Flying Winner||51.26||29 August 2009|
|880||Thornfield Pride||54.79||19 July 1997|
|900||Make It Not||58.05||5 November 1983|
|900||Angelas Girl||April 1983|
|900||Lilac Wonder||57.83||5 December 1992|
|900||Ladys Storm||57.02||9 July 1998|
|900||Aayamza Royale||55.95||27 February 2021|
|1067||Belladare||70.74||9 May 1987|
|1067||Coverall||70.34||29 October 1990|
|1104||Travel Now||72.66||25 March 2000|
|460 H||James Wish||28.19||1998|
|484 H||Distant Echo||30.54||18 July 1987|
|484 H||Nifty Kid||30.32||28 November 1988|
|484 H||Run On King||30.09||10 April 1991|
|647 H||Tebroc Heathen||42.60||20 April 1989|
|300||General Radiance||17.22||27 May 1937|
|300||Hurry Kitty||17.17||8 November 1945|
|475||Neidins Bunty||27.53||23 March 1939|
|475||Coynes Castle||27.14||8 August 1946|
|500||Lucky Joan||28.10||October 1962|
|525||Kilpeacon Bride||30.09||5 February 1944|
|525||Red Captain||29.34||April 1965|
|650||Derry Fame||37.04||June 1964|
|700||Half Term||40.79||14 October 1944|
|700||Clahane Girl||40.05||September 1962|
|700||Forward King||39.82||September 1967||Steward's Cup final|
|880||Chantilly Lace||51.80||April 1960|
|525 H||Baytown Express||30.90||29 October 1944|
|525 H||Coast Raider||30.60||September 1957|
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