Mick the Miller Wins his Second Greyhound Derby
Some 70 years or more after the dog died, there is still only one greyhound that most of us could name, even if we know little or nothing about him – Mick the Miller.
The Irish-bred dog was the first to achieve the feat of winning two English Greyhound Derbies, those run in 1929 and 1930, at the White City Stadium , an achievement that was not repeated for more than 40 years. Incredibly the dog also headed the field home in the 1931 running of the event, but an enquiry after an incident during the race led to a re-run, the winning of which was beyond him (it should be noted that the same situation had worked in the dog’s favour in his first Derby win). Perhaps even more significant was his record of winning 20 consecutive races against all-comers.
Largely kennelled in Hersham, Surrey , Mick the Miller was a local hero for the three years of his racing career, and for the years of his retirement – he died in 1939, by then also a movie star for his appearance in the film Wild Boy! His stuffed body can be seen at the Natural History Museum in Tring .
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From Don Butler on 6th April 2011
Dear Sir, as an avid fan of Mick the Miller there are a few points I am not fully observant about. What actually happened in derby Final 1, had he got beaten in the first running before the stewards, demanded a re-run. What happened in the third final is it true that there was outside interference, (Something thrown on to the track)that caused a re-run Thank you in anticipation Don
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