Keeping a record of a greyhound’s win / loss ratio

Before investing money on any greyhound it is clearly vital to know how that greyhound has performed in the past. One useful measure of a dog’s chances is its ratio of wins to losses. If you don’t keep a record of a dog’s previous performances, you can find them on the Greyhound Board of Great Britain website. There you can access the lifetime form of every greyhound racing under GBGB rules. Or, for graded racing, go to the Racing Post website and access the daily greyhound cards. If you click on the dog’s name its lifetime form will appear.

Apart from giving you a guide to a dog’s ability, its past record of wins and losses may also cast light on its will to win. If a dog lacks the necessary determination to catch the hare before any of its rivals does, its successes will be few and far between. Some dogs are happy to chase the other runners rather than the hare, and this will be reflected in their win/loss ratio. Their lifetime form sheet may show that they have finished second a lot more often than first. This information could be useful to a backer who prefers forecast betting to the straight win bet.

Let’s compare the last 20 performances of four greyhounds in a graded race:

1. Bobby’s Original: Won 8; 2nd 3; 3rd 3; unplaced 6

2. Foxy Juno: Won 4; 2nd 6; 3rd 3; unplaced 7

3. Prime Bomber: Won 2; 2nd 2; 3rd 3; unplaced 13

4. Led Balloon: Won 0: 2nd 3; 3rd 2; unplaced 15

Bobby’s Original has a very good win ratio, and can be backed in the certain knowledge that he’ll not fail for lack of trying. Foxy Juno’s win percentage is nothing to get excited about, but she’s been in the first three in thirteen of her twenty starts, and is the type to include in forecasts and tricasts. Prime Bomber has a moderate record and isn’t a dog you’d be rushing to back unless everything was in his favour – if, for example, one or both of his wins had come in the last month, and he was boxed for a clear run. Led Balloon is either very slow or he’s not totally in love with the game. He’s one to avoid.

The above example considers the dogs’ overall win/loss ratio, but doesn’t take into account their record in one particular grade. Whilst this complicates the picture, it is nevertheless extremely useful to know exactly how a dog has fared when upgraded or downgraded. Most graded runners find their optimum level between the ages of two and three years. Younger dogs will rise through the grades until their natural level of ability precludes any further improvement. Older dogs, after performing with credit in their optimum grade, may be upgraded but fail to break the class barrier, and their record in the higher grade will be poor. Once downgraded, they will again find their form and win races.

Here are the past performances of three more graded runners:

1. Ginger Jack: A5: Won 2 Lost 0; A4: Won 4 Lost 5; A3: Won 3 Lost 6

2. Bossy Princess: A4: Won 3 Lost 0: A3: Won 12 Lost 63; A2: Won 0 Lost 12

3. Cool Fizz: A3: Won 3 Lost 2: A2: Won 7 Lost 22

Ginger Jack has the profile of a young dog finding his natural level in A3 grade. His winning percentage in A5/A4 is very good, and he has a creditable 33% win ratio in A3. He is clearly a useful performer in this grade and can be followed. He may progress to A2 grade in due course. Bossy Princess is an experienced runner in A3, and her 16% win ratio suggests she is capable of scoring when favoured by the structure of the race. Whenever she’s been upgraded she’s been found wanting, and would be one to lay on the exchanges in A2. Cool Fizz, on the other hand, is a good A2 dog, with a 24% win ratio. On those occasions that he has been below par for a few races and downgraded, he has shown that he is better class than A3 (60% win ratio).

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Young Graders To Follow (2)
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Getting A Clear Run
July 2017
Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (2)
June 2017
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Specialisation (2)
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Racecard Comments : H - M
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Racecard Comments : E - H
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Racecard Comments : B - D
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Racecard Comments : A - B
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Form Cycles
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Keeping An Online Formbook (3)
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Keeping An Online Formbook (2)
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Keeping An Online Formbook (1)
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The Striped jacket
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The Orange jacket
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The Black jacket
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Upgraded Dogs To Avoid
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Upgraded Dogs
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Downgraded Dogs
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Focus on Romford
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Focus on Swindon (2)
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Focus on Swindon (1)
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Exploiting Formline Comments (2)
December 2014
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Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay (2)
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Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (6)
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The Time Test
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Trap Draw
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Sires To Note
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Racing Post Summaries (3)
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