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How to bet on greyhounds

The first recorded Greyhound racing was held in 1876. It is one of the organizations, on which great attention is paid. For that reason, online bookmakers organize virtual greyhound racings to provide more betting option when there is no actual greyhound racing is held. Virtual greyhound racing is like a computer game, in which a number of greyhounds that is determined by the bookmaker. There is a separate betting rate for every single greyhound in this game.

Greyhound racing bettings have fans in countries, where greyhound racing is very popular, primarily in England, Ireland, Australia and the United States. Sky Sports channel broadcasts greyhound racings extensively and online bookmakers provide live betting options that increased the attention even more.

Main competitors of online bookmakers are the betting offices at greyhound racing fields that provide the viewers to bet on the race. Many sports fans, who watch greyhound racing at the actual fields, prefer betting offices located nearby. Online bookmakers provide higher betting rates and more varieties on greyhound racings in order to be able to compete with betting offices.

The most important greyhound racing organizations are St. Leger, Racing Post Festival and Greyhound Derby organized since 1927. Interest in Greyhound racing bettings reaches the peak during these organizations are held.

6 or more greyhounds compete in Greyhound racings, generally. It is not very easy to predict which greyhound is going to win. Therefore, we suggest you to bet on the greyhound that is not going to win rather than on the one that is going to win. Your risk may be greater that way but you will see that there is more possibility for you to win if you do so.

A beginners’s guide to greyhound racing

If you are from foreign climes, where the appeal of dog racing is yet to catch on then you may well wonder what the appeal is of seeing six or our canine friends, hurtling around a track after what is an electronic and often poorly designed, rabbit.


For a long time Greyhound racing suffered with an image problem, which stems from the origins of the sport back in Manchester in the 1920’s. There, at the Belle Vue track, the first greyhound races in the UK were organised.

Horse racing, of course, was already well established and a sport of the gentry. Greyhound racing was working man’s attempt to achieve the same excitement that the wealthier classes would get from a day’s racing.

As such it became a working man’s sport.

Greyhounds were often owned and trained by working class folk, who donned cloth caps, smoked pipes, wore ill-fitting suits and trained the dogs in their spare time, hoping to earn a few extra pounds down at the track, either from their dog winning a race, or by striking it lucky with the ever increasing number of bookmakers that attended the sport.

For many years the sport continued in such a way. Tracks sprung up all over the country as breeders began to understand the appeal of the sport, not just to the traditional working class, but also middle and upper classes.

Despite this, the image of the flat capped man and his greyhound remained.

It wasn’t a glamorous sport, or a glamorous life.

The rise from decline…

With dwindling attendances at greyhound events throughout the 70’s and 80’s, something had to be done to secure the future of the sport.

So the sport reinvented itself, tried to shed the working class/working man preserve image and reinvented itself as a great night out for men and woman alike of all classes.

The move worked as in 2007, there were 3.2m people attending  5750 meetings alone. Currently there are 28 greyhound stadiums across Britain and they are growing in popularity as both an evening out for the local people and as a source of betting for punters.

What you need to know?

If you know little about greyhounds then there is fortunately not a lot to learn. At the start of a race six greyhound dogs are placed into a specially designed starting block, called the traps, and each trap is numbered from 1 to 6. Depending on which trap the greyhound is drawn in, they wear a corresponding number and colour for that trap to make identifying them easier on the track.

As the race is about to start a pretend hare, called a ‘lure’, is electrically whizzed around the track. It races past the traps and in doing so, the traps open. The six greyhounds sprint out of the traps and chase the lure around the track for a pre-determined distance.

It may be just one lap, two laps or over hurdles depending on the race and the winner is, as always, the first past the post.

It is unerringly simple and so is the betting. Odds are given just minutes before the race. Betting is usually win only with most bookmakers, though some offer a small each way return. For onlin betting, most betting sites offer odds on greyhound racing.

Traps 1 and 6 are reckoned to have a slight advantage due to their being no dogs outside them and thus less risk of ‘interference’ from other dogs that can see even the hottest favourite lose a race.

However blink and you will miss it. A greyhound reaches 35 miles an hour and most races are over within 30 seconds to a minute maximum.

Organised meetings are held throughout the day across the globe, but particularly in the UK, where they are run meticulously with up to 15 races being held in a single event, races are often just 15-20 minutes apart.

If you are a fan of betting small and often, then Greyhound racing is suited perfectly to that style of betting and as increasing numbers of fans in the UK are discovering, it is not only a great night out, but a great way to bet too!

Did you know?

1. Did you know that Mick the Miller is known as the first famous greyhound that compete in England and won 19 races in a raw including the English Greyhound Derby between 1926 and 1939?

2. Did you that the famous Red Brindle Dog , Rapid Journey own in its entire career a prize money of 530,995 $ and in 1998, after winning Topgun at Sandown Race, became the recorder of the biggest world prize.

3. It is considered by experts that the fawn bitch greyhound Zoom Top had the best potential to win 2 full time races in a row at different categories.

4. One of the best greyhounds ever is Tenthill Doll. He is proud of 31 wins, 10 seconds and 7 thirds in its entire career and keeps a prize money of 382,660 $. Some of his major winning events date from 1996: Easter Egg Final 520 m; Perth Cup Final 530 m and Australian Cup Final 515 m.

5. With 42 wins, 5 seconds and 5 thirds, Flying Amy holds a total career prize money of 354,105 $. He is also the holder of track record at Albion Park 520m. His biggest winnings were in 1994 and 1995.

6. Have you heard of Highly Blessed? Yes its a greyhound. His biggest successes were registered in 1990 and 1991 when he won 8 Cups including Gold Collar 511 m, Shepparton Cup 440 m, Melbourne Cup 511 m, XXXX Trophy Cup 558 m, Adelaide Cup 511 m, Golden Easter Egg 520 m, McRae Honda Trophy 511 m and Schweppes Cup 511 m.

7. I was also happy to read about the amazing Brindle Bitch Macareena. It was famous during the 50s, participating in 96 competitions and winning 50 of them. Dog also registered following records: Dubbo 425 yards 23.0, Gunnedah 600 yards 32.9, Gunnedah 375 yards 20.3, Harold Park 500 yards 26.5, New Castle 530 yards 29.0, Maitland 550 yards 30.0, Wentworth Park 580 yards 31.4, Newcastle 530 yards 28.8, Gunnedah 475 yards 25.5, Dubbo 425 yards 22.8, Young 550 yards 30.0, Tammworth 493 yards 26.6, Lithgow 310 yards 17.1

8. Another amazing greyhound story I recently read was about Brett Lee. It is considered to be one of the quickest greyhounds of the 21th century. Its career track records include: Horsham 480 m 26.94; Warragual 424 m 23.68; Angle Park 515 m 28.88; Shepparton 440 m 24.22; Geelong 457 m 25.19; Ballarat 450 m 24.95

9. Another astonishing greyhound career could be related to National Lass. The Black Bitch was awarded as the New South Wales Greyhound of the Year in 1984.

10. Speaking of the 80s is impossible to forget about the Fawn and White Bitch Winifred Bale. During her career the greyhound registered 81 starts, 41 wins and 28 placings. It was also awarded as the NSW NCA greyhound of the year 2 times in a row in 1982 and 1983.


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