The Greatest Irish Greyhound Of All Time

  • 13/07/2021

The Greyhound racing scene has continued to remain popular and alongside horse racing they also continue to be very successful for the Irish. It is why fans continue to access online casino platforms, which also offer sports betting to get involved on the different markets, that includes the Greyhound Derby, which is always the biggest race in the sport each year. This always gathers further interest to the sport and many of the greatest Greyhounds in history have of course had success in this famous race. Therefore, fans are looking ahead, with the English Greyhound Derby final taking place this upcoming weekend, which is another betting event that is set to prove popular amongst fans.

When it comes to the Irish Greyhound racing scene and one name that must always be remembered is Mick the Miller. He made his debut at Shelbourne Park in April of 1928 and instantly got off to a winning start in the Punchestown stakes. He then won four of his next five starts in 1928, whilst also equalling the 500m world record at the time. Complications then did follow for Mick, as he was diagnosed with distemper, which nearly led to his career ending and him actually dying. However, they slowly were able to manage him back to full health, which was also clearly against all the odds.

Success then returned for Mick in 1929, as he not only reached the Easter Cup final at Shelbourne but also ran to an impressive victory in the Spring Cup at Harold’s Cross stadium. Mick finished having competed in 20 races and won 15 of them, which was an incredible achievement based on the difficulties that he went through.

Mick was the entered in the English Derby and was put in as an outsider in the betting markets at a general 25/1. In the early stages of the event, he produced a remarkable performance to break the stadium record, and this saw his odds shorten to 4/7 favourite to take the victory. Many offers then came in for Mick and he was sold in 1929 for £800, which was a huge figure at the time. This proved to be a really good buy for his new connections, as he went onto win the English Derby by an incredible eight lengths and also set the world record at the time for 525 yards. He went onto win 36 of his 48 races in England, whilst also setting six world records and he was also the first greyhound to win 19 races in a row. A true Champion.

Following his retirement, he gained celebrity status and even starred in his own movie known as ‘Wildboy’. This alongside stud fees, meant he amassed over £20,000 in total, before he died on May 6th, 1939. There is no doubt that Mick the Miller will forever go down as one of the greatest in the history of the sport and for many he is the greatest Irish greyhound of all time.

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