Mick the Miller –the greatest greyhound of them all

What made Mick the Miller special?

Even over seventy years after his death, Mick the Miller is still regarded as the best greyhound ever to have graced the tracks in the UK.

He first became known in this country in 1929, moving over from Ireland to compete in prestigious races such as the Derby. Upon arrival, he smashed the course record at White City on his first outing, a solo time trial.

Mick then proved he was able to repeat the trick on the big stage, becoming the first dog to complete the course in under 30 seconds by finishing in 29.82 during the first round of the Derby itself.

Having secured the Derby, Mick was bought for a staggering fee of 2,000 guineas, and continued to win trophies across the country, culminating in a successful Derby defence a year later.

He would have completed the hat trick, but the 1931 Derby had to be re-run, and while Mick took the first race his aging legs couldn't cope with a second, and he came fourth.

However, he proved his worth once again in another prestigious race, the St Leger, and despite never having raced at the 700-yard distance before he became the first dog to win the double of Derby and St Leger.

After his retirement, Mick the Miller appeared in the movie Wild Boy, which was received negatively by critics, made numerous celebrity appearances and embarked on a successful stud career until his death in 1939.

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Mick the Miller was embalmed when he died, and you can still see him at the British Natural Museum in Hertfordshire.

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