Compiling A List Of Greyhounds To Follow

In the horse racing world, compiling a list of horses to follow has always been a popular approach. Organisations such as Timeform and Raceform have traditionally produced their own lists at the beginning of the Flat and National Hunt seasons, based on the horses’ previous years’ form. Some experts have concentrated on ‘dark horses’ that have not yet shown their best form but have shown potential for significant improvement. Knowledgeable punters compile their own lists based on their reading of the form book. How horses are chosen and how long they remain on the list will vary according to individual preferences.

There’s no reason why a similar approach can’t be adopted for greyhounds. It might well appeal to busy punters who don’t have time to study the form for specific races, but who have identified a few dogs that have a good chance of winning in the near future. Of course, a certain amount of time needs to be spent initially in compiling the list, but once the dogs have been chosen, all the punter has to do is to check when they’re running and back them.

Now for some ground rules:

Keep the list short. Six dogs maximum is enough to keep tabs on at any one time. When a dog wins – or fails to live up to expectations – it can be replaced by another dog from a reserve list.

Selected dogs should have a decent wins to runs ratio. I would suggest as a minimum two wins from a dog’s last ten starts. You can check this by reference to its lifetime form, available on the Greyhound Board of Great Britain website (on the home page, click on ‘latest results’. Then type the dog’s name in the box marked ‘search by dog’).

The dog must have good recent form. It must have won at least once in the last month. Close up seconds and thirds strengthen the case for inclusion.

To minimise trouble in running, favour dogs that are fast away and show good early pace. If your dog is leading, or is at least in the front rank, at the first bend, it has a better chance of a clear run.

Consider dogs under 2½ years old that are improving rapidly through the grades. A typical profile would be a dog that has, in the last six weeks, won in A7, A6 and A5, clocking fast times for the grades. Then it may have been backed to win in A4. It is beaten but not disgraced, and there is clearly more to come.

Remove from the list any dog that has not raced or run in a trial for more than two weeks. Race fitness is key, and even after a short lay-off a dog can easily lose its edge.

Once you’ve compiled your list, give each dog three chances to win. When it has won, or has run three times without winning, discard it and replace it with a dog from your reserve list.

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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
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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