Adopting a professional approach (Part 3)

This month I‘ll continue with the art of reading a greyhound race with a view to pinpointing dogs that may win next time out, or identifying losers if you prefer to lay dogs on the exchanges. I talked last month about the incidence of trouble at the first and second bends, and how the outcome of a race is often decided at those points. Races are won more regularly and consistently by dogs that have the ability to avoid trouble rather than those who find it, so being able to identify dogs with track craft pays dividends.

How a greyhound fares on the bends tells us not only about his track craft, but also about his ability to remain balanced when running a curve. How he fares along the back straight, on the other hand, tells us about his raw pace. Whether or not crowding or bumping occurs at the first two bends, take note of the relative positions of the runners as they emerge from the second bend and then follow their progress down the back straight. Good middle pace is an important weapon in a dog’s armoury. For example, the two leading dogs may leave the second bend neck and neck; in those circumstances the dog I’d be interested in for the future is the one that finds an extra gear in the back straight and puts daylight between himself and his rival. Even if today isn’t his day – he may eventually be swallowed up in the home straight by stronger finishing dogs – he has shown one of the essential qualities of a future winner. When the structure of a future race favours him and he is up against dogs that aren’t such strong finishers, his ability to open up a lead down the back may well see him home in front. Note, too, the dog that has suffered trouble at the first or second bend but has the pace and determination to improve its position down the far side and be back in contention as it enters the third bend. Dogs with strong middle pace, allied with a will to win, can never be written off.

The will to win is most evident – and most necessary – on the run from the last bend to the winning line. A dog may hit the top of the home stretch in the lead, but how does he deal with persistent challengers on either side? This is where you can judge a dog’s bravery and determination. Does he put his head down and really fight it out to the line, or does he surrender his advantage tamely? Or, if his bravery is not in question, is he beaten because he doesn’t see out the trip as well as other dogs that stay better than him? Don’t turn away as soon as the dogs have passed the winning line. Keep watching until they reach the pick up; they’ll still be chasing until the hare stops, and you can gauge their stamina or lack of it from how they stay on after the winning line.

July 2018
Focus On Nottingham
 
June 2018
Focus On Newcastle
 
May 2018
Focus On Monmore Green
 
April 2018
Focus On Hove
 
March 2018
Focus On Doncaster
 
February 2018
Focus On Crayford
 
January 2018
Focus On Central Park
 
December 2017
An Index Of Previous Blog Posts
 
November 2017
Focus On Belle Vue
 
October 2017
Young Graders To Follow (2)
 
September 2017
Young Graders To Follow
 
August 2017
Getting A Clear Run
 
July 2017
Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (2)
 
June 2017
Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (1)
 
May 2017
Specialisation (2)
 
April 2017
Specialisation (1)
 
March 2017
Qualities Of The Successful Backer
 
February 2017
Compiling Race Ratings (2)
 
January 2017
Compiling Race Ratings (1)
 
December 2016
Racecard Comments : S - X
 
November 2016
Racecard Comments : M - R
 
October 2016
Racecard Comments : H - M
 
September 2016
Racecard Comments : H
 
August 2016
Racecard Comments : E - H
 
July 2016
Racecard Comments : B - D
 
June 2016
Racecard Comments : A - B
 
May 2016
Form Cycles
 
April 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (3)
 
March 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (2)
 
February 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (1)
 
January 2016
The Striped jacket
 
December 2015
The Orange jacket
 
November 2015
The Black jacket
 
October 2015
The White jacket
 
September 2015
The Blue jacket
 
August 2015
The Red jacket
 
July 2015
Upgraded Dogs To Avoid
 
June 2015
Upgraded Dogs
 
May 2015
Downgraded Dogs
 
April 2015
Focus on Romford
 
March 2015
Focus on Swindon (2)
 
February 2015
Focus on Swindon (1)
 
January 2015
Exploiting Formline Comments (2)
 
December 2014
Exploiting Formline Comments (1)
 
November 2014
Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay (2)
 
October 2014
Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay (1)
 
September 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (6)
 
August 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (5)
 
July 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (4)
 
June 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (3)
 
May 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (2)
 
April 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (1)
 
March 2014
The Time Test
 
February 2014
Recording and Reviewing Your Bets
 
January 2014
What’s a "grade within a grade"? (2)
 
December 2013
What’s a "grade within a grade"? (1)
 
November 2013
Trap Draw
 
October 2013
Sires To Note
 
September 2013
Racing Post Summaries (3)
 
August 2013
Racing Post Summaries (2)
 
July 2013
Racing Post Summaries (1)
 
June 2013
Laying Greyhounds On The Betting Exchanges
 
May 2013
Spotting The Ungenuine Dog
 
April 2013
Compiling A List Of Greyhounds To Follow
 
March 2013
Specialisation (2)
 
February 2013
Specialisation (1)
 
January 2013
Winter Ground Conditions
 
December 2012
Front Runners v Strong Finishers
 
November 2012
Weight
 
October 2012
Identifying Improving Greyhounds
 
September 2012
Race Ratings (2)
 
August 2012
Race Ratings (1)
 
July 2012
Following dogs in form
 
June 2012
Adopting a professional approach (3)
 
May 2012
Adopting a professional approach (2)
 
April 2012
A Greyhound's Win / Lose Ratio
 
March 2012
Adopting a professional approach (1)
 
February 2012
Warning To Speed Fans
 
January 2012
Following Bitches After Seasonal Rest
 
December 2011
Early Paced Dogs
 
November 2011
Speed Handicapping (5) : More FAQs
 
October 2011
Speed Handicapping (4) : FAQs
 
September 2011
Speed Handicapping (3)
 
August 2011
Speed Handicapping (2)
 
July 2011
Speed Handicapping (1)
 
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