Tips for Success at the Greyhound Track

Tipsters Review - 30-Jan-2020

Tips for Success at the Greyhound Track

Greyhound racing is a popular sport in the UK with races taking place almost every day. The best way to be successful when placing a greyhound bet is to know what you are doing; while it’s a sport that might seem quite straightforward, there are certain things that it pays to be aware of before you start thinking about how to bet on a dog race and come away richer.

Read on to learn more about the different types of greyhound racing bets, the various types of races, starting positions, dog running styles, and how you can use this knowledge to your advantage when you place a bet.

Different Types of Greyhound Betting

If you have a good understanding of horse racing bets, then the good news is that the bets in greyhound racing are pretty much identical. But if you’re not familiar with them, this guide will help.

●Win bet: This is the most simple and straightforward type of bet; you are backing the dog that you believe will win the race. This bet will only win if the dog that you picked does finish in first place.

●Each way: This is a combined bet where half of your stake goes on the dog to win, and the other half goes on a dog to place - finishing in the top three. Usually, the odds for the place bet should be around one-quarter of the dog’s odds for the win.

●Straight forecast: This is a risky bet that usually comes at long odds, and involves picking the top two dogs in exact finishing order.

●Reverse forecast: This bet allows you to pick the top two dogs to win in either order.

●Tricast: The same as the straight forecast, but you predict the finishing order of the first three dogs.

●Combination tricast: A bet that allows you to pick the three dogs you think will place, in no particular order.

Single bets are the simplest and most popular wagers among punters, but each-way betting is also a popular choice with bettors who have money to spend. Remember that each track will set the odds for their races minutes before they begin, which is why some bookies will only offer you a starting price (SP) rather than plain odds.

Whatever type of greyhound betting you choose, it’s important that you try to stay ahead of the latest developments in track and conditions if you want to make an informed decision and get the best possible returns. Consider visiting this site for Greyhound news so that you’re always able to make the best possible decision that will, hopefully, bring you both exhilarating thrills and enjoyable returns.

Types of Greyhound Races

UK greyhound races have six competitors and there are between 10-14 races per track which take place around every fifteen minutes. Greyhound racing tracks are an oval shape with four bends, at a total length of around four hundred metres. The different types of race vary according to distance and include:

●Sprint: Two bends

●Standard: Four bends

●Stayers: Six bends

●Marathons: Eight bends

●Hurdles: Most often four bends, but with hurdles positioned on the track for the dogs to jump over

●Handicapping: A less common race type that involves greyhounds of mixed grades racing. The lower tiers are given a head start, according to their category.

Factors to Consider When Greyhound Betting

Surface: In a greyhound race, the surface is another important factor to consider when greyhound betting; the surface of the track dictates the pace. All UK greyhound tracks use a sand surface, but since they are all outdoors, the weather can have a significant impact. Dogs that tend to perform well in Stayers races tend to perform better in wet conditions. And, during scorching weather when the track becomes very hard and provides an excellent grip, records are more likely to be broken. Think about the conditions of the track when you’re greyhound betting. 

Age: The age of the dog really matters when racing - dogs under 24 months of age will take part in puppy races, whilst dogs aged between 21-30 months tend to be the most suitable for sprint races. Greyhounds tend to reach their prime between the ages of 30-36 months, according to experts, but seasoned racers aged around 3-4 years old generally perform better during a Marathon race. Every dog’s age must be written on the race card, so keep these factors in mind when you’re greyhound betting to propel your strategy to success.  

The grading system: This is a ladder ranking system that groups dogs with similar speed abilities in the same category in order to ensure each dog has a fair chance of winning. The categories are as follows: 

●D: Sprinters

●A: Runners

●S: Stayers

●H: Hurdlers

The fastest sprinting dogs will complete in D1, the next fastest in D2, and so on. Dogs can move up and down ranks, so try to keep up to date with how your favourite dogs are performing in the greyhound betting world.

Post Positions or Traps

Another factor to take into consideration is the best and worst post positions or traps. The seeding system is meant to ensure that competition is balanced by assigning the competing dogs to the traps that they perform the best in. These positions are called:

●Rails: Inside traps with the shortest distance around the track

●Middle: Interior traps with a position that allows the dog to maintain its maximum speed

●Wide: Outside traps which are favoured by dogs who perform well in wet conditions

The post or trap position that is assigned to a dog could be an important factor to consider when placing your bet as some dogs perform better inside, in the middle, or when running wide. However, bear in mind that the starting position does not mean that the dog will need to stick to it - most greyhounds will tend to roam to their preferred spot on the track as soon as the race begins. The key here is to figure out how likely it is for the greyhound you’re considering betting on to get to their favoured position early in the race.

Further Tips for Success In Greyhound Betting

  1. Watch a few dog races without betting first so that you can get a better understanding of how they work
  2. Specialise in one or two tracks; watch the first two or three races at the start of the event to try and discover a temporary bias
  3. Get to know the breeds, age, and genders of the dogs and take this into account when greyhound betting
  4. Carefully consider the trap suitability for the dogs assigned to them and consider how the dog should roam during the race, particularly during the first corner
  5. Always inspect the track conditions
  6. Ensure that you know how the dog performs in their current racing grade
  7. Find out the last time that the dog raced

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to get started in the exhilarating world of greyhound betting!


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