to the latest edion of NPWRA News.
To coin a phrase, “It’s been a funny old year” and it’s not over yet as we sadly go
back into lockdown! Fortunately most clubs were eventually able to get up and
running to some degree earlier this year giving those able to aend their beloved
weekends out in the fresh air running their dogs, seeing old friends and maybe
making some new ones too.
West Cornwall and Andover both held Opens which all things considered were
well aended and very much appreciated by aendees from far and wide. Many
pups have been cleared ready to race next year and fingers crossed all round that
next year is not a repeat of this one. Let’s be posive for now and we could have
some very excing racing to watch and take part in.
By the me you receive this you will have received the Naonal Paper Vote and
only those that renewed their subscripons in me will be able to vote as per the
constuon. Good luck to those standing for vacant places on the commiee and
thank you for your great work and input to those standing down.
We have a race calendar for 2021 but some
details may not yet be confirmed.
UK Pedigree Whippet Racing group on Facebook will
have the most up to date version.
October 29th 2020 June Foster announced the passing of NPWRCh/NVCh Evansent.
“It is with a very sad heart I have to share with
you all that Al and I had to make that decision
we all dread this morning and had to say our
goodbyes to our AJ, Evansent this morning.
We will be left with a big hole in our hearts
forever but will always be so very proud of him
and the legacy he leaves behind.
Run free our special boy till we meet again.”
Evansent won NPWRA Brood Dog in 2012, 2013
& 2014 so has made a fantasc contribuon to
racing lines and will live on through his many
Front Cover pic - the amazing NPWRCh. Jas it Up at the Heart of England PWRC.
All pictures used in NPWRA News are believed to be with copyright approval or public domain and
used in good faith.
4 Racing Calendar 2021
6 Rerement Announcement
7 The Road to Pupsville
12 December 1971 Advert
13 West Cornwall Open Results
15 Why Get a Physio?
18 Brood Dog and Bitch holders
19 East Ayrshire Sprint results
20 Whippets for 25 Shillings!
21 My Life With Whippets
24 Make your own Dog Biscuits
25 Racing Cheetahs
28 Puppy Socialisaon
30 The Whippet that drowned in 1545
31 Andover Autumn Open results
33 Patrick & Millie
34 Cover Star Wannabe?
35 Club Contact Details
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Flyers can be included in the posng too.
Racing Calendar 2021
4th Easter Charity Open @ Andover SP11 0PP
18th 1st NPWRA Championship
2nd North West Championship TBC
9th 1st WCRA Championship WR13 6AT
16th Heart of England Straight Open 150yds
23rd Spring Time Open @ Andover
30th 2nd NPWRA Championship
6th East Ayrshire Summer Classic - 150 yds KA18 1RP
13th 2nd WCRA Championship
20th Harvel Open straight
27th Gloucester Open
4th 3rd NPWRA Championship TBC
11th Scosh Naonal Sprint @ East Ayrshire 75 Yards KA18 1RP
17th **Saturday** Brish Championship at Scosh Thistle FK10 0RQ
25th Northern Summer Time Open
25th Scrumpy Classic Open @ West Somerset
The whippet speeds with ease and grace.
Few dogs can whippet in a race.
And it would make a wondrous pet,
Although I haven't caught one yet. ...
by Douglas Florian
Racing Calendar 2021 cont...
1st 4th NPWRA Championship TBC
8th 3rd WCRA Championship
15th Hampshire Classic @ Andover
22nd West Cornwall Charity Open
22nd East Anglian TBC
29th West Cornwall Open
12th 5th NPWRA Championship
19th Autumn Time Open @ Andover
26th Heart of England Bend Open
3rd 4th WCRA Championship
10th East Ayrshire Derby 165 Yds
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Peter & I have decided to rere Jasmine / NPWRCH Jas It Up.
She has made us immensely proud. Our first racing dog from Jean Goode.
Bred from Honeybunch x Sarah Puxty & Steve Cowards Ozzy - RCh. Bring It On.
We would like to thank Jean for giving her trust to us and leng us have a puppy. We
never expected Jasmine to achieve even half of what she did. We just wanted something
we could run down the track and join in the fun. Lile did we know she would be a lile
Jasmine has given us nothing but pleasure to own. She has also given us 6 beauful
puppies who are now starng to hit the track. We both feel it is now me for her to pin
her racing coats up & let her kids do it for her. Hopefully she will have more kids to watch
in the future......
We would like to thank everyone who has given us advice & support throughout her me
in racing. Caroline & Peter
The Road to Pupsville
It was at the beginning of 2019 and aer some serious discussion, we decided we would
breed a lier from Belle. I looked at various possible Sires and studied the bloodlines and
eventually seled on an old friend of mines dog Dexter. I had checked the bloodline for
inbreeding and the co efficient was very low at 5.3 percent. Now the owner of Dexter and
I go back a long way probably forty years when we had greyhounds, in fact my dog lined
one of his bitches way back then, so the tables had turned so to speak, we agreed a stud
fee and we were set to go.
Belle and Dexter mated on the 21 st and 22 nd March 2019. That was Belles racing season
over for 2019, or so I thought. As the weeks were progressing, I was not seeing a great
difference in Belle. We had her scanned on the 28 th April and unfortunately she was not
pregnant. A disappointment at the me but there was nothing we could do, so I started
to get her fit and get her back to what she loves doing, racing.
It took a good while to get Belle back to peak fitness when she had been idle for so long,
but once again she did not disappoint. She ended up running second in the Brish
Championships in July and in September, she won the Scratch League trophy at the club.
A great effort considering she had missed some of the events where points are awarded.
The racing season ended and it was just
a case of waing on Belle coming into
season ll we tried again. There was
never any queson about trying a
different sire as Dexter had proved
himself in the past. The first me we
tried was just not to be. Belle and
Dexter mated again on 20 th and 21 st
November. This me as the weeks
went on I was seeing a difference in
Belle and had her scanned on 29 th
December which confirmed she was
Now when Belle is not in the mood or
when there is something wrong with
her, she will either not eat or is very
fussy, she was like this during her
pregnancy. Chicken, sardines, pasta, meat were all totally ignored at some stage, some
days I was cooking sausages for her, something she would never get, but I was just glad
to see her eang something. The only thing she would eat consistently was steak, yes
steak! I should have kept a record of how much it cost to buy all that steak, at the end of
the day if you love your pets you just do what's required. She was eang the steak so
that’s what she got. I reckon Belle put on around 12lb during pregnancy and lets say she
ended up a big girl.
I think you will agree she was a fair size. To try and get her used to where she would be
with the pups I spent several nights in the room with her, sleeping on a camp bed. I just
wanted to make sure she would be familiar with the surroundings as this was all going to
be a shock to a first me Mum and you have all sorts of concerns: will she be ok, will the
pups be ok, will she take to them.., one worry aer another, but at the end of the day
there was no need to worry. She took to it like a duck to water, well aer a wee bit of a
slow start anyway.
As the weeks progressed you could see the
change in Belle, not only her eang habits
but her shape too. I weighed her constantly
just to make sure she was heading in the
right direcon. One of my biggest faults is
probably being over cauous but this was
our baby so you had to give her the best.
Exercise was now restricted to short walks
from the day she was mated & was never
off the lead. Belle likes nothing beer than
having a run around, but with a precious
cargo on board that was strictly off limits.
Belle would spend more and more me
lying on my knee, she just wanted to be
comforted. Remember, what was going on
is all strange to her but as previously stated
you do what is best for her.
As her due date came closer, her coats barely fied her but she sll managed a short
walk, just not at our usual brisk pace. Ann and I were now with her 24/7 and in the final
days we worked out a shi paern. The pregnancy lasted bang on 63 days & from 60
days she was very restless and wanted to be with you constantly. On days 61 and 62 we
had been up around the clock taking it in turns to be with her. This photo is delivery day
just as she was about to start.
To say that when delivery me arrives is traumac, is a massive understatement, as I
knew her me was coming closer I enlisted the help of one of my neighbours Liz. Liz has
bred Jack Russels several mes so was up to speed with the art of delivery lets say.
Everything was in place and it was up to Belle now.
Sadly the first pup was
sll born. We had to help
Belle deliver it but there
was nothing we could do.
The pup came back legs
first and not in its sack,
and of course this caused
some tears in the household
that’s nature for you, the
me was 14.55.
Winston was born at 15.50 and caused a bit of concern when Belle did not seem interested
in him whatsoever, but aer what seemed like a lifeme, the maternal insnct kicked
in and she took to him. These pics are when
they were about a week old.
At 16.03 Bailey arrived aer a wee bit of a
struggle coming out bum first and now Belle
seemed to have the hang of what was going on
but would not lie down, instead she was
parading about so we had to watch for the
Coupar made his appearance into the world at
16.40 without any major concerns.
Louie was born at 16.55 and just looked like a
Next in the queue was Alfie who was born at
17.45, a cracking looking black boy, oh, are you
allowed to say that…….too late.
18.40 saw the arrival of the only lile lady in
the lier, Annie. Very disncve markings and
another braw pup.
We waited a few hours before agreeing that
Belle was finished and the gang was
I remember saying to Ann when we were going to bed, its like a weight has been lied off
your shoulders. Tell you something, we both slept well that night!
For about the first three to four weeks, I had very lile to do. Belle was in charge and yes
I had to change and wash beds everyday and make sure Belle was geng what she
needed to produce milk for the pups. Incidentally and quite happily to me, Belle went
from only eang steak to eang absolutely anything. I was feeding her 4/5 mes a day
just to build her back up.
The pups were not even born when I put it out that Belle was pregnant. At no me did I
adverse the pups for sale with a price etc. It was through just posng pics of how big she
was geng etc., that people contacted me asking about the availability of any pups. I had
a lot of enquiries and had drawn up a list of potenal new owners. I think there was
about twelve on the list at one point. Six puppies would mean I had to pick and choose
carefully who was going to get their hands on this precious cargo. Now, I will freely admit
that I felt like some mad Facebook stalker looking through the profiles of these potenal
new owners. I like to think that I am not a bad judge of people and seled on the new
owners and when the new owners came to pick their pup I was even more sasfied that I
had chosen wisely. Some of the new owners were able to come and visit their pup a few
mes which again convinced me I had made the correct choices. I really could not have
asked for beer new owners.
The growing process of the pups was a delight. To see them develop their own characters
and just lile things they did was truly a joy to watch, of course they were messy, of
course they were destrucve, but most importantly they were thriving. I had them eang
everything. I believe its important to give them variety at that age. I used to weigh them
every week just to make sure they were all gaining weight steadily although anyone who
saw the numerous photos I posted would know they were geng bigger and stronger
I started to keep Belle away from the pups around five to six weeks, but she was keen to
visit them about twice a day and lets just say they were happy to see her as the milk bar
was sll open at that me. Eventually I would only let her go in beside them in the
morning. When her milk was drying up she would regurgitate some of her breakfast for
them; a truly remarkable sight to see and as a first me Mum goes, Belle was absolutely
outstanding. She did every single thing required and more. Nature is truly a wonderful
thing and it’s amazing how the maternal insnct kicks in and they just know what to do,
By the me the pups reached around seven weeks they were ready to go. Now if I said
this was sad for me, having given so much me and effort to raise these pups to which I
believe to be a good standard, I think you may know what I mean. But, as said before,
I can console myself in the knowledge that these pups have caring new owners who are
going to provide them with a wonderful new life. My job is done and its up to the new
owners now. When Kirse suggested seng up the group on Facebook so everyone can
follow the progress of the pups I thought this was a great idea and I thank her for that.
She also updated the details of the pups in Whippet Archives, again a great help to me.
In closing if I were to try and sum up this experience, here are some words I would use,
Worrying, Anxious, Excited, Hilarious, Sad.
I could have included a lot more, but hopefully I have covered the main parts of the
journey and hope you enjoyed reading my story to Pupsville. Any feedback is welcome.
Where can you by a set of Racing Jackets for just £2.28 plus postage of £0.10?
You would have to me travel back to December 1971 for those prices!
West Cornwall Whippet Racing Club
Summer Open Sunday 30th August 2020
at St Elvan farm, Helston
Today we had glorious weather and the track was nice and so
from the rain during the week which made for a good running
surface writes Lee Pascoe.
The day ran smoothly with everyone working within the Covid guidelines the club had in
place. Many thanks to all that have helped out at both opens.
Heats Rch Truly Trouble, Rch Ameesha swi shadow
1. Rch Truly Trouble
2. Rch Ameesha swi shadow
3. Rch Ameesha summer rocket
Heats: Rch Turn it on, Skillywidden, Whitby Hurricane
1. Whitby Hurricane
2. London Girl
3. Rch Turn it on
4. Kinda ready
Heats: Duncton Rude boy, Cornish Dancer
1. Cornish Dancer
2. Duncton Rude boy
3. Glad all over
4. Apache gold
Heats: Step it up, The Landrake Flyer
1. The Landrake Flyer
2. Step it up
4. Markamys son and air
Heats: Markamys reddie eddie, Believe in me
1. Markamys reddie eddie
2. On the go
3. Believe in me
4. The Quiet man
1. Rock it up
2. Ameesha top tease
1. Black hawk apache
2. The mighty finn
3. Quick as a flash
1. Agile Im-pac
2. Rch Feillys gold
Heats: Truly sassy, Scratchybrat
1. Truly sassy
2. Rooster booster
Heats: Blue it is, Now U sia
1. Agile Inferno
2. Blue it is
3. Now u sia
Heats: Truly unruly, VC Truly scrumpous
1. Rch/VC Ameesha lile ebs
2. VC Truly Scrumpous
3. Truly Unruly
Heats: Our boy ace, My best buddy
1. Our boy ace
2. My best buddy
3. Marley’s gold
1. Rch Truly trouble
2. Whitby Hurricane
1. Truly sassy
3. Agile inferno
Heats: Beauregard, Ameesha Fleur de lis
2. Cornish Lass
3. Ameesha Fleur de lis
1. Harry’s Gold
Heats: Rch Cornish Black Lace
1. Rch Cornish Black Lace
Heats: Markamys red Fred, Rch
Just move over
1. Rch Just mover over
2. Markamys red Fred
1. Black hawk apache
2. Rock it up
3. Agile im-pac
1. Rch Cornish Black Lace
2. Rch/VC Ameesha Lile Ebs
Why Get a physio?
By Donna Wills PGC A Phys, MIRVAP (VP), RVN
Founder of Animal Physiotherapy Ltd
Physiotherapy has been a much-used musculoskeletal therapy in
the human world for many years. Many people have benefited from
this, not only aer operaons, but also in the sporng world. It has
come so far now that if you are human undergoing any surgery involving a muscle or
bone, you will be sent to physio as well. Equally its likely your GP will send you to physio
before referring you to the hospital for further invesgaon.
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF)
has had many books written about it. It’s an
In the sporng world we have seen greatly
increased use. Any high-level sports personality will
have their own physio. Many clubs even employ
their own physios. We even find naonal sporng
events will have a physio working alongside the doctor,
who is there for any emergencies. This is how
important physio is recognised to be.
Physio and indeed its fellow MSK praconers, such
as the osteopath and chiropractor can help enhance
recovery and performance.
The body is a complex mesh of cells of various types all working together to make one
incredible machine. But if any single part of that network gets broken or injured, it has an
impact on the rest of the body. The rest of the body will try to compensate and adjust to
its new working parameters, but that adjustment takes me to achieve. It can also cause
further complicaons of its own, because it will be making another part work in a way it
was never meant to. Allowing this to go on can cause catastrophe for the body in the long
term. Certainly, it will reduce performance.
You noce I said the body is a complex mesh of cells. I
prefer to recognise that the whole body needs to be
looked at. Its not as simple as saying, as a physio, I only
look at bones and muscles. I recognise that part of the
best performance also relies on good health of internal
organs, good mental health and good diet to name but
a few. We are part of the whole care team. The vet,
Massage is a highly important rehab tool
Using pole work improves proprioception,
co-ordination and much more
the behaviourist and the nutrionist all bring value
and improve health. That’s not to say you need to
employ all these people. The nutrionist has worked
to formulate the food you give. You have learnt from
other nutrionists, how to enhance the food for
various life stages, illness or injury. As any dog
owner, you are oen learning new ways to enhance
mood and keep your individual dog happy, and if you
struggle, you get the behaviourist to help. When any
sign of illness comes you call the vet. It’s the same
for the physio. Call us when you feel the need and
see how we can help.
Using a physio is an amazing tool for your dog’s care plan. Even if you think everything is
going well, many owners choose to come for an annual “MOT” to check mobility and see
if there are issues that need addressing. As said above, the issues oen start small but an
annual check in helps you spot them before they are big. A physio will then give you a
home care plan so that you are empowered to help
your dog at home. The most successful physio is
achieved when the owner is fully on-board with the
are plan and doing it daily. Don’t let that scare you.
Its oen only a few minutes a day, but done right,
those few minutes can be life changing. You then
benefit from a healthier dog, running safer and
faster and less likely to cause further injury. In the
case of a big injury that has happened, a physio can
get you on a good home care plan. This will enhance
the healing process and keep it at its opmum.
Physios have various tools to their disposal and they oen work all slightly differently as
we are taught to make our own decisions based on the best new evidence. This evidence
is constantly changing and evolving as science moves so fast now. The joy of doing a single
discipline, like only working in mobility, is that we can focus our knowledge in this area
and then pass that knowledge onto the owners.
Remember, an enquiry is always free of charge, so if you have any niggles or quesons in
your mind, call a physio and ask them how they can help.
Stretches and joint mobilisations optimizes
range of movement and stride length
Animal Physiotherapy Ltd was formed by Donna Wills in 2005.
A career in veterinary nursing lead to the establishment of this
company, to provide rehabilitaon to paents in need of help
to improve their mobility and quality of life. Firm values were
set to ensure the best possible care.
Animal Physiotherapy Ltd Stands:
To provide effecve physiotherapy treatment to all animals.
To treat every paent as an individual.
To be sympathec to both owner and paents emoonal and physical needs.
To keep our knowledge up to date and aend relevant lectures to further improve our
To keep an open and high level of clear communicaon between ourselves, the client and
the veterinary surgeons.
To promote the benefits of physiotherapy and educate owners and fellow professionals
of its versality.
Since opening we have grown from strength to strength. We are established in mulple
clinics. We have been head hunted to provide the physiotherapy and massage for The Pet
Spa in Harrods. We have been on ITV Daybreak, ITV The Alan Titchmarsh show, CH4 - Sunday
Brunch and Crus Extra. We have also been featured on BBC London Radio several
mes. We have been in mulple newspapers all over the world. We have been asked to
train other veterinary professionals in physiotherapy for Improve Internaonal in the UK
and Denmark; Justo development and the Brish Veterinary Nursing Associaon Congress
and the rehabilitaon Expo in the Excel, London.
We have also now produced our own Puppy Massage DVD to help teach owners how to
do safe massage in the comfort on their own home.
March Wind & Remember Me
Evansent & Fun to Run
Evansent & Suits Me
Evansent & Femme Fatale
Quiver & Mystify me
Quiver & Mystify me
Quiver & Mystify me
Devils double & Honeybunch
To be announced at next Champs
East Ayrshire Pedigree Whippet Racing Club
The club had its first main racing special event of 2020 at the
Woodroad Park in Cumnock, on Sunday the 6 th of September. It
was the highly ancipated King of the Ping sprint, run over a short
distance of fiy yards, to say this event is fast and furious is an understatement, where a
less than perfect exit from the traps is unforgiving with no me to recover, this in turn
gives dogs who have a good start a chance of winning a race they normally wouldn’t do
well in over greater distances. However it doesn’t always work out this way as many dogs
who win main races are also excellent starters.
The entry was not as high as it usually is due to the virus and the condions we need to
run under, but that does not mean the field on the day was weak, as there were excellent
club dogs on show, whippets which travel the length and breath of the country racing at
big events throughout the year.
The first heat was 1 st Basil, 2 nd Harris, 3 rd Alba.
Second heat was 1 st Jess, 2 nd Jinx, 3 rd Jura.
Third heat was 1 st Boomer, 2 nd Finn, 3 rd Hemi, 4 th Maisy.
1 st semi final was 1 st Boomer, 2 nd Jinx, 3 rd Basil.
2 nd semi final was 1 st Jess, 2 nd Finn, 3 rd Harris.
Final was 1 st Boomer, 2 nd Jess, 3 rd Jinx, 4 th Finn.
In the consolaon final it was between two black bitches as two dogs had to rere with
minor niggling injuries, which was no surprise as they had done hardly any racing at all
this year. First over the line was Linda Johnstone’s Maisy, followed by Chrisne Connor’s
Hemi, a good race which saw both dogs going over close together.
The final was set up to be a close call between four very good dogs. When the dust had
seled the main man on the day was Boomer, owned by Kylie and Duncan Hainey, he
powered his way over the line winning by a short head over Jess, Stuart and Laura’s excellent
boy from Drongan. Close behind in third place was the powerful Jinx owned by
Alex Tomlin and fourth was the big boy Finn owned by George and Sophie Holland.
Boomer was unbeaten on the day winning all three of his races.
In between the races the pups were being giving trials and training, and all of them are
coming along very nicely indeed. A big thank you must go to the members with the
knowledge of coaching these young dogs through to maturity, as all of them are progressing
so well and with a bit of luck, will be geng their passing trials by the end of the
season. Let us hope this virus is finished with this year and next year we can all get back
to normal, there are so many good dogs being denied the chance of naonal wins and
losing out in a year of their racing lives.
James Burns (Publicity Officer)
Whippets for Sale circa 1900
My Life With Whippets - Daphne Kitchen
Many years ago, our local vet asked me to give a home to a stray whippet. I had him for
about eighteen months. Unfortunately, one day he and our Labrador took off, got into a
pheasantry and did a lot of damage. The whippet was shot and the Labrador came home
with a tooth missing.
Very many years later, when I had two small children, I decided I wanted another
whippet and heard that a neighbour’s dog, Laguna Larkin, had just fathered a lier. He
said he would ask them if I could have one, they said no as they wanted them to go to
I then decided to go racing with my neighbour and they said I could have one, the one I
chose I called Pippa. She was a lovely lile dog and six months later the breeder had
another lier also by Larkin, only two in the lier and the one I chose we called Muffin.
They were both racing champions in the 22 and 24 lbs groups, there were in those days
about 32 -34 dogs in a group.
I bred from Pippa, kept Robot Lady who was my son’s, he was as keen on racing as I was
in those days. We had one of the dogs back as the owners split up, had him castrated and
Later I put Muffin to a dog called Fred (Kemerton Polo) owned by the people I got her
from. I had seen his progeny on the track at Sussex and was impressed. Nobody wanted
them they had never heard of Fred, but they were a good lier, Always Skint, Slightly
Dangerous, Chunky Chalky and Pebbledash, they will be in many people's pedigrees way
back. Pebbledash was going well when she was in trap 3 in a 5 dog semi-final round in a
Championship on the bend, she got squashed in on the bend, she went up in the air and
when she hit the ground you could hear the break, she never raced again so I mated her
to Margaret Bakers Jolly, she had 6 beauful puppies, namely Tobermory Bay, Jolly Roger,
Snuff Box, Pebbles, and two more bitches, one of them was rescued by Linda Turner
as the owners were geng rid of her. I had her and bred from her with Yvonne
Harrington’s Beano. She had really good pups one of them being Ear to the Ground, I
kept Comic Lady who was ny but
became a racing champion.
Pebbles became a racing champion,
I put her to Beano but the pups
weren't as good as her sisters. I
mated Muffin again to Jan and
Toddys Stevie "0", she only had two
white pups, Dessie "0" and Rch
By then I had, had enough of breeding,
and decided to buy one in, I saw
that Nick and Laverne had mated
Kissynight to Time Flies thought they would be good and that's how I got my beloved Flybynite
(Cassie) She was the most wonderful dog I have ever had, not because she was so
fast, but had a wonderful temperament. She won the Whippet News Top Ten twice and
Veteran Top ten. When she was 7 she had a terrible accident, she had overstretched herself
coming out of the traps, fell out and lost all feeling in her back end. Ray Jones kindly
took me to the vet, unfortunately she had serious injuries and never raced again, but
lived for another seven years, it took a long me for her to walk again, but she was so
strong and determined.
A few years before her accident I mated her to Lesley Harris's Xcess. She had ten puppies
one died, but the rest had lovely homes. I kept Flyaway and my friend Phyll had
Rch Woodleigh Gold, and we shared Woodnymph, both Flyaway and Woodleigh Gold
became racing champions, and Woodnymph got her half coat. Flyaway didn't do so well
to start with and it was when she was 5 that she became a champion, then she won the
Veteran Whippet News two years running.
The last mang I did was Woodnymph to March Wind, she had to have a caesarean, only
had two pups, one died, Geoff Cook had Ben, Red Admiral. Woodnymph had to be spayed
when Ben was ten days old as she was very poorly, Ben didn't race much and only died
last year (2019) he was 16. I had been going to have a pup from that lier, but no bitch. I
then heard that the Thomas's Rch Conway Lady was to be mated to Timekeeper who was
one of Cassies sons. I had a lovely bitch Holly, Black Gold, she became the first Naonal
Champion and went on to be a Veteran Champion, I only lost her in 2019, she was 15.
I then had Fleur from Linda Turner, she has a wonderful temperament and got a half coat
but always met Sapphire Queen Topaz as she is 21 lb, but she did well as a veteran and
won the whippet News veteran top ten, I then had Hurricane Fly from Angie Sawyer, she
loved racing and could not wait to get to the traps, flew out, but usually got beaten. But
she is lovely and clever, she puts her paw in a bowl to stop it moving when she is eang
from it. If I am in the garden and the phone rings, she barks unl I come in.
My last and final dog is Lola - Lile Gem from Angela's Sapphire Gem, she is a very loving
lile dog, she is fast but if not in trap one crosses le, but not quickly enough to be
seeded, she did win a half coat when she was seeded and beat some really good dogs. I
was thrilled. She is 6 now and my very last whippet, so hopefully if we start racing I will
have some fun with her, fingers crossed, please no injury.
Too late, Lola tore her gracilis in July so nothing to race now!
Editor: Since this article was written Daphne has taken over Hope (Goode Hope) from
Jean Goode so does in fact have a dog she can run.
Dogs are responsible for three disagreements a week in Brish households
according to a poll of 2000 owners by dog friendly pub chain Chef & Brewer!
Our homemade dog treats are the perfect way to treat your dog to something special and
can also be used as a reward for training.
They contain just three ingredients and are super simple to make!
Remember, these are a treat for your dog, so you should only make them occasionally
and ensure they’re fed to them in small amounts, alongside a well-balanced diet that’s
appropriate for their age and lifestyle.
DOG BISCUIT RECIPE
60g Sweet potato, mashed
160g Oats / Oat flour
Peel and chop your sweet potato then boil in
a saucepan of water for about 10-15
minutes, unl so. Once thoroughly cooked,
drain and set aside to cool completely.
Tip your oats into a blender and pulse them
into a flour, or alternavely you can use
ready-made oat flour.
Add your banana to a bowl along with your cooled sweet potato. Blend unl smooth using
a hand blender. Then, add in your blended oats or oat flour.
Mix all the ingredients and then bring together with your hands to form a dough. Wrap
the dough in cling film and leave the in the fridge for up to 6 hours, or overnight. It’s important
to do this, as it will allow the oats to absorb some moisture, and means that they
won’t swell in your dog’s stomach.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees cengrade. Lightly flour your work surface and roll the
dough out to be about 1cm thick. Cut out the biscuits, using whatever shape you like.
Place them on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
When they are thoroughly cooked through, remove them from the oven and leave to cool
Once cool, they are ready for your dog to enjoy! These
biscuits will keep fresh in a sealed container for up to two
Hold On A Minute...There Was Cheetah Racing In
Green Lanes In The 1930s?
BY ALEX FOCH
Image © Illustrated London News
Green Lanes has long been a melng
pot of cultures, from the Hasidic Jews in
Stamford Hill to what is locally known as
Palmers Greek, not to menon the
Turks and Kurds living in relave
harmony. The alleged torture chambers
popping up behind barbers are a thing
of the past and wheelchair-bound
criminal Abdullah Baybasin (aka 'the
Uncle'), once accused of masterminding
90% of Britain’s heroin trade, is seemingly
less acve, having had to fork over
almost £700k aer years of posing as a
salesman of cheap toilet roll.
The area is full of surprises, the most exoc
of which took place on the site that's
currently home to Sainsbury’s. Harringay
Stadium stood here unl its closure in
1987, its fate foreshadowing those of the
Walthamstow and Wimbledon tracks in
more recent years.
Harringay Stadium is not to be confused
with neighbouring Harringay Arena, which
is now a shopping park having hosted
wrestling at the 1948 Olympics, the
Moscow State Circus and the launch of
the Ford Zephyr. By contrast, Harringay
Stadium was one of the finest and
quirkiest tracks in the country, founded in
1927 alongside the iconic White City
ground, following the marked success of
the Belle Vue course in Manchester.
The stadium was known for being a local
hive of acvity and the passion of the
crowd was never far from bubbling over
— in 1938, the audience demanded its
money back aer the entertainment was
brought to a halt by an accident. Protests
resulted in a tractor being set alight, as
well as damage to the structure of the
stadium. Other revolts saw offices being
pillaged and the fire department called in.
Decades before Baybasin’s heroin empire,
gangster “Darby” Sabini (inspiraon for
Colleini in Brighton Rock and one for the
Peaky Blinders buffs) used to patrol the
local races. When Joe Coral was geng
his bookmaking business off the ground, it
was here that he famously brushed off the
man widely known as the 'king of the
racecourse gangs' by threatening him at
In an aempt to boost popularity among
the excitable locals, twelve cheetahs were
imported to the UK from Kenya by
explorer Arthur Legge and the eccentric,
larger-than-life game hunter and keen
sportsman Kenneth Gandar-Dower. Aer
a six-month quaranne period, the
cheetahs were given the all-clear and
faced a year of acclimasaon.
Understandably, the transion from the
dry, open grasslands of East Africa to the
harsh sand tracks in London’s stadiums
proved challenging to say the least,
parcularly given that the sand was
suscepble to adverse weather condions
that must have seemed alien to the
startled dozen, with a track heang
system only put in place in the sixes. It
also took some me for the concept of
chasing a mechanised hare around a
circuit to sink in. Eventually, rabbit flesh
was ed to the hares to incenvise the
The sheer athlecism of the cheetahs
resulted in the hares frequently being
Kenneth Gandar-Dower with his cheetahs
and his greyhounds. Image © Illustrated
London News Group/www.maryevans.com
caught. This proved to be problemac, as
once the first cheetah had snared its prey,
the remaining cheetahs in the race would
cease trying, assuming that their mate
had poached the hare. One can also
imagine the frustraon of the rowdy
punters that had put a sizeable chunk of
their weekly earnings on the race. As a
result, only one cheetah would race at a
me to avoid confusion.
The cheetahs had their first oung in
Romford, where a star was born. Helen
the cheetah, nicknamed 'Queen of the
Track' raced to a convincing win at an
average speed of 55 mph. The incredulous
reacon on the audience’s faces said it all.
Helen mesmerised and captured the
imaginaon of the gawping crowd, most
of whom had never seen anything like it
favourite feline pets in on a leash. Albeit
short-lived, his quirky legacy remains to
Another race added more spice with the
introducon of hurdles. However, the big
cats were frankly uninterested,
circumvenng the barriers in order to
relentlessly pursue the electronic hare.
Subsequent races made it apparent that
the cheetahs were just not cut out for
compeve racing and the novelty of the
African cats somewhat wore off, as the
cheetahs lacked the dogged zeal of the
greyhounds, frequently pausing for naps.
Locals were also alarmed by the possibility
of the predators breaking loose and
wreaking havoc in the densely-populated
A combinaon of these factors ulmately
brought an end to this eye-catching fad
within the first season. Nevertheless, Mr
Gandar-Dower’s love for cheetahs never
once waned, later evidenced by being on
the receiving end of a stern warning at
Queen’s Club for bringing one of his
A cheetah and a greyhound in the trap.
Image © Illustrated London News Group/
Puppy socialisaon schedule
Give your puppy the best start in life by following a socialisaon
schedule. Take a look at the one below, put together by the vets from www.pdsa.org.uk.
Puppies will be with their mother and liermates. They should be allowed to smell people
(men, women, and children) from an early age.
The breeder should let the puppy see and hear everyday household sights and sounds,
such as the TV, vacuum cleaner, washing machine etc. The puppy should also keep
meeng new people.
Breeders can start grooming and gently examining eyes, ears, paws and so on, every day.
The breeder should be allowing your puppy meet everyone in the family, including
children and other people’s children. Puppies should enjoy playing and interacng with
them. Ideally puppies will get used to meeng lots of different people.
Puppies may also meet other common pets as well as babies, but contact should be
supervised so they meet each other safely. Puppies should also meet older dogs.
Puppies should have their first vaccinaon and be micro-chipped.
Puppies are usually transferred to their new owner at eight weeks. Get your puppy from a
breeder where they have been among everyday sights and sounds.
Ask whether your vet pracce runs puppy socialisaon groups (somemes called ‘puppy
pares’) and, if not, ask where the nearest one is. This will give them a great chance to
meet other puppies and get used to a range of other dogs. They’ll need to be fully
vaccinated before going along.
Get your puppy used to being in the car. Start off on the drive with the doors open and
then gradually build up to taking short journeys. Offer a small treat when your puppy is
calm and relaxed but don’t force them to take it as they might feel car sick at first.
Make sure they're safe and secure
in the car.
It’s important that your puppy gets
used to being without you. Leave
your puppy for a few minutes at
first e.g. while you’re making
yourself a cup of tea. Gradually build up the me unl they’re happy to be le in the
house on their own for longer periods.
Socialisaon CDs are a great way to get your puppy
used to noises that they will hear during their life.
Lots of dogs are scared of fireworks because they
never heard them during their socialisaon period. By
using a CD you can get your puppy used to noises like
this so that they’re not scared later. Ask your vet for
more informaon about these.
Start reward-based training e.g. toilet training and
coming when called.
Connue socialisaon training with new people and new experiences, making sure every
experience is posive.
Get your puppy used to wearing a collar and lead in your garden.
You may be able to take your puppy for their second vaccinaon. Ask your vet when it
will be safe for you puppy to start meeng other dogs and exploring away from home.
If you vet says it’s safe for your puppy
to go out and about, gradually build up
the range of experiences away from
your home, for example by vising the
local railway staon and local shopping
areas, seeing farm animals etc.
Remember to stop if your puppy seems
scared and not to overwhelm your
puppy with too many experiences at a
me or with experiences that are too
15 weeks onwards
Carry on like this unl your puppy’s at least a year old, as your puppy’s learning will
connue during this me. The benefits of good socialisaon will stay with your puppy for
The youngest member of
the Mary Rose’s crew:
The Carpenters dog.
The skeleton of this dog was discovered
on the seabed on 12th July 1981 outside
the carpenter’s cabin, under a pile of
chests. He was at the me, a healthy
18—24 month old. His strong jaws would
have been very useful for catching
onboard rats and they were possibly his
main food source too.
Tudor seafarers did not allow cats or women on board ship as they were thought
to be an omen of bad luck which is why Hatch, as he was eventually named by
Museum Staff must have been male and DNA extracted from one of his teeth
although inconclusive as to which breed he
was gave the informaon markers for a
male and even the colour of his fur! He has
been officially listed as a cross between the
modern breeds of Terrier and Whippet. He
undoubtedly has a dolichocephalic skull
(long & thin) representave of modern
sighthounds. His appearance looks more
whippet than anything else - make up your
own mind on that one but having been
there I’m convinced!
Careful excavaon of the area in which the dog was found mean that he is one of
the most complete skeletal assemblages recovered from the Mary Rose. The
skeleton was excavated aer the Tudor ship was brought to the surface of the
Solent in 1982. Hatch has been on display in the Mary Rose Exhibion at Portsmouth
since 2013. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
The Mary Rose - Henry VIII's warship, lost in 1545, recovered in 1982
and now on display in a dedicated museum in Portsmouth for
everyone to visit all year round
The Mary Rose, Main Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3PY
Autumn Open 20/09/2020
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Autumn Open
today writes Darcia Gingel. Aer a week of working hard to
ensure that the open could go ahead under the latest changes
to the Governments Covid-19 guidance and the final go ahead
not being received unl Friday morning it was wonderful to
have everyone at the track with the sun shining too - such a bonus! Everyone played their
part ensuring that the day could run safely and even a visit from the Police did not
change the great atmosphere, they were soon sasfied that everything was in order and
all permissions were in place and le us to enjoy a fantasc day of racing. A massive
thank you once again to all the commiee and our brilliant helpers, including those from
Harvel who volunteered to take on jobs, we could not hold opens without the support of
such people and we really appreciate the help. Thanks also to our group sponsors and to
the track team who had both the track and field in an excellent condion for the day. On
to the racing and there was some fantasc racing throughout, congratulaons to all
runners, finalists and group winners, we hope to see you all again at some point this year
or the next.
Maiden 14-20lb Group
Heats: San Sparkler, M'Lady En Rouge
1. SATIN SPARKLER
2. M'Lady En Rouge
3. Cracker Nac
Maiden 21-24lb Group
Heats: Fun & Secrets, Stormborne Dragonfyre,
Ameesha Fleur De Lis
Semi-finals: Fun & Secrets, Goode Hope
1. FUN & SECRETS
2. Mal Y Pense
3. Goode Hope
4. Stormborne Dragonfyre
Maiden 25-27lb Group
Heats: Now U Sia, One For Arthur
1. ONE FOR ARTHUR
2. To Dare is to Do
3. Now U Sia
4. Stormborne Skyraider
Elite 14-19lb Group
Heats: Ameesha Swi Shadow, Sidari Tegan
1. STORMBORNE SPITFIRE
2. Ameesha Summer Rocket
3. Sidari Tegan
1. Savernake Forest Finale
2. Cairdean Laguna Luna
3. Cracker Black
1. Able Mabel
1. Savernake Splash Of Ginge
2. Ryamber Come On Irene
3. Ameesha Just A Breeze
4. Ameesha Swi Shadow
Elite 20-22lb Group
Heats: Miss Moneypenny, Whitby Hurricane,
RCh Turn It On
Semi-finals: RCh Turn It On, Whitby Hurricane
1. WHITBY HURRICANE
2. RCH Turn It On
3. Miss Moneypenny
4. London Girl
Elite 23-25lb Group
Heats: Ryamber Its Aw Reet, Duncton Rude Boy,
Semi-finals: Cornish Dancer, Duncton Rude Boy
1. CORNISH DANCER
2. Duncton Rude Boy
3. Ryamber Its Aw Reet
4. Black Hawk Apache
Elite 26-28lb Group
Heats: Ryamber Fairy Tale, Pathfinder
2. Savernake Peregrine Falcon
3. Ryamber Fairy Tale
4. Cairdean Harry Sparrow
Elite 29-32lb Group
Heats: Hedley's White Knight, On The Go, RCh Xtreme
Semi-finals: Believe In Me, On The Go
1. ON THE GO
2. Believe In Me
3. Why Would He
4. Hedley's White Knight
Veteran 14-20lb Group
Heats: RCh VCh Ameesha Lile Ebs,
VCh Truly Scrumpous
1. RCH VCH AMEESHA LITTLE EBS
2. Truly Unruly
3. VCh Truly Scrumpous
4. Cairdean Pipsqueak
Veteran 22-26lb Group
Heats: Trueloveways, Ryamber Something Extra
1. VCH RED APACHE
1. Farriers Shadow
2. Ameesha Top Tease
3. Ryamber Something Different
NR Hedley's Lightning Queen
2. Apache Gold
3. Ryamber Stan The Man
1. Markamy's Son & Air
NR Markamy's Reddie Eddie
1. Gambler Jack
1. Savernake Top Gun
2. Cairdean Merry Monkey
3. My Best Buddy
4. Moonbeam Luna
3. Ryamber Something Extra
4. Rudy Roo
Veteran 28-32lb Group
Heats: VCh Xchange, Duncton Dark Knight
1. VCH XCHANGE
2. Duncton Dark Knight
3. Whitby Jet
NR RCh Markamy's Red Fred
1. Jungle Face
VETERAN SUPREME FINAL
1. RCh VCh Ameesha Lile Ebs
2. VCh Xchange
NR VCh Red Apache
ELITE SUPREME FINAL
1. Whitby Hurricane
2. Stormborne Spiire
3. Cornish Dancer
NR Pathfinder, On The Go
MAIDEN SUPREME FINAL
1. Fun & Secrets
2. San Sparkler
3. One For Arthur
This is wee Millie and her proud owner
Millie is one of the most important racing
whippets in Scotland. She helps to school
pups and other dogs. Without dogs like
Millie, bringing on pups would be very
difficult. Dogs up and down Britain perform
this service are the hidden heroes. The next
me we see a dog in their championships
jacket, without amazing dogs like Millie
working behind the scenes, they would have
had a harder me achieving these honours.
Well done Millie and Patrick
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Club contact details
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