Ballyregan Bob

Ballyregan Bob

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Ballyregan Bob was a May 1983 brindle son of Ballyheigue Moon out of Evening Daisy. Bred in Ireland and owned by Mr Cliff Kevern, Bob won his only Irish race (at Tralee) by twelve lengths, before joining trainer George Curtis at Brighton. He lost his first four races in his first season, but won a valuable Puppy Cup at Brighton, and twice broke the track record at Hackney when winning the £1500 William Hill Lead over 523 metres. The following year Bob put up a tremendous performance to beat the future Irish St Leger winner Ballintubber One over 475 metres at Walthamstow in fast time. He was well fancied for the 1985 Derby, but connections were not convinced that the sharp 480 metre Wimbledon track would suit him. They ran him instead in a 660 metre Open on Derby night, which he won by twelve lengths, setting a new track record of 40.43 seconds.

At that point in Ballyregan Bob’s career he had won seven races in a row. Over the next two years he set a world record of 32 consecutive wins over distances ranging from 515 to 740 metres. Though he never won a classic, Bob broke fifteen track records in his career.

Sources:
The NGRC Book of Greyhound Racing: NGRC and Roy Genders (Pelham Books 1990)

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