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Understanding Greyhound Racing Form

Understanding Greyhound Racing Form

I've been promising for a while now that I will teach some winning greyhound strategies so today I'm going to explain how the form is recorded for the dogs. I'll then go on to share a strategy that I have used for years whenever I bet the dogs.

This is going to run over a number of days and I might spread it out a bit so as to not bore those readers not interested in the dogs, but we'll see how it goes.

So below you will see a screenshot of some greyhound racing form and below that a list of what the various items mean.

Greyhound racing form

Greyhound racing form – Click to Enlarge

[1] Starting with the easy, this is the trap that the dog will run from

[2] The dogs name & (W) indicates that this dog is a wide runner and consequently it will be allocated one of the outside traps each time it runs. You may also see (M) which indicates a middle runner and this dog will be allocated a middle trap.

[3] The best recent (Calculated) time that the greyhound has achieved along with details of the grade and the date. In this case the best time came in a trial, a trial is a qualifying race which helps the racing manager to know how to grade the dog IE what is it's ability what race should he put it in. Trials will usually have less than 6 runners, 3 in this case, and there is no betting on trials.

[4] The name of the trainer.

[5] This is the Racing Post rating for the dog. It is time based and personally I don’t pay much attention to it.

[6] A description of the animal in this case a F b which is a fawn bitch (female) a male will be indicated with a d for dog. This is followed by the name of the dogs sire (father), dam (mother) and the date whelped (Date of Birth).

[7] Date last in season. Bitches only!

[8] This is the Racing Post's tipsters comment, often vague and and can sway your judgement.

Now we get to the past form for the dog in question. Each line represents one race with the top line being the most recent.

[9] The date of the race.

[10] The track where the race was run.

[11] The distance of the race in metres.

[12] The trap number that the dog ran from on that occasion.

[13] The sectional or split time. This is the time from the traps to the winning line the first time the dog passes the line. This is useful to hep you understand the pace of the dog and whether it is likely to lead early.

[14] Position in race at the start (IE out of the traps), quarter (In a 4 bend race this will be between the 1st & 2nd bends), half and three quarter stages.

[15] Finishing position.

[16] The distance beaten by or if the winner the distance won by.

[17] The name of the winner or the second if this dog was the winner.

[18] The Racing Manager's in running comments for that run

[19] The time that the winner took to complete the race.

[20] The allowance made for the going. N = normal otherwise plus or minus in hundredths of a second EG – 40 means that the time was adjusted down by 40 hundredths of a second.

[21] The starting price of the dog.

[22] The grade of the race.

[23] The calculated time for this dog. This will be calculated from the distance the dog finished behind the winner and adjusted for the going allowance.

Now that we understand the information (form) that we have available next time we can look at how we can use that information.

Now we know how to read the card check out these posts that deal with finding a winner.

Who is the fastest to the first bend

Greyhound racing videos 


Is it fast enough

Image courtesy of Saris0000 under Creative Commons 2.0

Newspaper Naps

We learn something new everyday as somebody once said and yesterday we had some great comments relating to newspaper tipsters, including one from Chris who told us about a great resource that I wasnt aware of called Napstats.

Napstats records the profit and loss from the newspaper tipsters Nap selections and surprisingly lots of them do very well with their Naps.

Especially when you consider they have been seen by thousands of punters and probably been over bet, especially the popular ones.

Below I have copied the top if the table for Naps over the last two years with Betfair Commission deducted.

Newspaper Naps TableAt the top of the table is Jeffrey Ross of the Glasgow Evening Times who has had 649 selections with 219 winning for a 33.74% strike rate and a profit after commission of 89.88.

That's a 13.8% return on investment, which might not seem amazing, but it is over two years.

Napstats also has the facility to download the selections for each tipster and to analyse their results by price and course.

Go and have a play here http://www.napstats.co.uk/ and if you uncover a gem do share 🙂

Today's Selection

Southwell 2.40 Activation – eachway bet – 6/1 Bet 365



Hawkeye Column

Hawkeye TipsToday I'm pleased to announce that not only do we have some words of wisdom from Peter Hawkeye but we also have a special offer on his service.

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Over to Peter…

I do like it when the racing trade press make assumptions about runners that are not strictly true, I call this lazy journalism.

That is the case in point today with Gregorian 3.30 Newmarket.

In the Racing Post it states that the horse is best with some ease in the ground. Well how can that be true? When the horse has only once ran on Good – Firm going in 2011 as a 2 year old in a very hot sales race and ran pretty well.

The fact that it has not raced on that surface since must leave the original statement in doubt, for we just don’t know that it is true or not. Until we see more evidence i.e it runs on the ground a few times no one can make that judgement.

I suspect that Gregorian may run well today even though you will not get rich at 11’2.

Boo Boo & Pontefract

It seems I made a boo boo yesterday with the Facebook free draw.

I didn't flick a switch and the result was that to enter you had to like and make a comment.

I have now been chastised by management, seen the error of my ways and re-read the manual.

So if you wanted to enter a free draw to win a years subscription to Betting Insiders and got frustrated yesterday then you can try again.

If you already liked the post just click the link in the Facebook post and there's a button to press that will make your entry.

This is a great prize that one lucky reader will get and the odds of winning are excellent.

Here's the Facebook Page http://facebook.com/racingtips

The second thing to note today is that Pontefract has a meeting, if you haven't read our previous posts on the Pontefract Draw Bias then go here http://dailypunt.com/pontefract-draw-bias/

Today's Selection

5.35 Yarmouth Hazzaat – win bet – 11/2 Bet 365

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