Yellow Printer

Yellow Printer

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Considered by many to be the fastest greyhound never to win the English Derby, Yellow Printer was a fawn March 1966 dog by Printer’s Prince out of Yellow Streak. Owned by Sir Robert Adeane and Miss Pauline Wallis, Yellow Printer was a warm favourite for the 1968 Derby by virtue of the brilliant speed he had shown when twice breaking the 525 yard record at White City. However he disappointed his supporters in the first round of the Derby, only just managing to qualify for the second round. There were rumours about his fitness – denied by trainer Johnny Bassett – and that an attempt had been made to stop him by criminal elements. In any event, a police guard was placed on his kennel prior to the second round of the Derby. All to no avail – Yellow Printer was knocked over at the third bend and failed to finish. The Derby was won by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Camira Flash.

Yellow Printer was back to his best in the heats for the 1968 Irish Derby, becoming the first greyhound to smash the 29 second barrier for Shelbourne Park’s 525 yard course. In the final Yellow Printer beat the previous year’s winner, Russian Gun, as well as the great bitch Itsamint, winner of Shelbourne Park’s Easter Cup.

Yellow Printer always showed his best form at White City, and in 1969 he won the Sir Billy Butlin Stakes and the Wood Lane Stakes there, and also Wembley’s Summer Cup. But his luck in the 1969 English Derby was no better than it had been in 1968, as he again failed to get past the second round. The final was won by Sand Star, an Irish raider kenneled with Barbara Tomkins during the course of the Derby competition.

Elected Greyhound of the Year for 1969, Yellow Printer was retired to stud in Ireland, but soon joined his owner, now Mrs Pauline O’Donnell, in America. He proved an influential sire there, and his son, Sandy Printer, was America’s leading sire in 1980.

Johnny Basset described Yellow Printer as ‘the perfect gentleman at all times – an aristocrat of the canine world’.

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