In 1937, Gandar Dower introduced cheetah racing into England as an exciting alternative to greyhounds.
He imported 8 cats and staged highly publicized events at Romford and Haringey. He had not discovered the cheetahs are remarkably uncompetitive, and too intelligent to mistake a length of rag on a stick for a Thompson gazelle or other prey.
The cheetahs wandered round in a state of indifference and the experiment was abandoned.