Spotting The Ungenuine Dog

One of the frustrations of a greyhound trainer’s life is having to deal with the greyhound that has ability but is in some way ungenuine. A dog may show this in several different ways, of which perhaps the most common is the ‘chaser’. This type of dog is happy just to run with the pack and chase the leading dog, but won’t make the extra effort to put his head in front. Chasers might run up a sequence of second places, and will only fluke a win if the dog in front folds up. Some dogs will consent to take the lead but, having done so, will then ease up and allow their rivals to challenge again. These dogs may hold on to win in a tight finish but, more often than not, are beaten in a photo. Neither of these sorts of ungenuine dogs should ever carry your money as a straight win bet, but there’s no reason why their quirks can’t be utilised by including them in a forecast or tricast.

If a dog that was once keen starts to show a reluctance to chase or go past, the trainer has to find some means of rekindling his enthusiasm. In the old days he might have taken the dog to a coursing meeting and give him a run behind a live hare, but that avenue is closed now that hare coursing is illegal. Sometimes a change of track can reignite a dog’s interest. A different hare, new surroundings, possibly a change of distance – all these can give a reluctant dog a new lease of life. Another popular method of sweetening up an ungenuine dog is to put it over hurdles. The change of discipline will give the dog something different to think about, and may alleviate the boredom the dog feels when chasing an artificial lure around a flat track. In his book, Training Greyhounds (Ringpress 1987), three-time champion trainer George Curtis recalls how he rejuvenated a greyhound named Kilroe Foxy, a seemingly incorrigible chaser when in another kennel: ‘His owner knew that [he used to run with the pack] when he bought him,’ said Curtis, ‘and we put him over hurdles right from the start. When he got the hang of it, there was no stopping him – and he really loved racing. He was a moderate dog, with suspect tendencies, but he jumped like a champion. He was the best dog in the 1984 Grand National final and was a worthy winner.’

Another type of ungenuine dog to avoid is the one that runs brilliantly in two or three dog trials but rarely shows the same commitment or ability in a six dog race when surrounded by rivals with greater determination or courage. I prefer to watch fast trialists in their first two or three proper races to make sure that they aren’t the canine equivalent of ‘morning glories’ – racehorses that catch pigeons on the gallops at home but lack the heart to see out their races at the track.

Some greyhounds need to dominate their races, and if they can’t do so they’re likely to throw in the towel. Unless they can take an early lead and ‘get on the hare’, these front runners will quickly drop out of contention. The astute punter may be able to calculate when a dog like this is going to get his own way, but it’s a risky business. Look for the early-paced dog that has been over-faced in recent races but now takes a drop in class. Alternatively, consider the fast breaker in Trap 1, with a slow starter in Trap 2.

Greyhounds that run up a long losing sequence may be suspected of being ungenuine, and indeed that may be the reason for their lack of success. However, it must be remembered that there are several other possibilities. Often there is a physical problem, such as low-grade joint or muscle soreness; the dog may be slightly off-colour, unsuited by current ground conditions or simply need a drop in grade.

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An Index Of Previous Blog Posts
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Focus On Belle Vue
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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)
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Specialisation (2)
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Specialisation (1)
March 2017
Qualities Of The Successful Backer
February 2017
Compiling Race Ratings (2)
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Compiling Race Ratings (1)
December 2016
Racecard Comments : S - X
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Racecard Comments : M - R
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Racecard Comments : H - M
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Racecard Comments : H
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Racecard Comments : E - H
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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
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The Black jacket
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The White jacket
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The Blue jacket
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The Red jacket
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Upgraded Dogs To Avoid
June 2015
Upgraded Dogs
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Downgraded Dogs
April 2015
Focus on Romford
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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)
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Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (6)
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Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (3)
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March 2014
The Time Test
February 2014
Recording and Reviewing Your Bets
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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)
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Specialisation (1)
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Winter Ground Conditions
December 2012
Front Runners v Strong Finishers
November 2012
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Identifying Improving Greyhounds
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Race Ratings (2)
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July 2012
Following dogs in form
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Adopting a professional approach (3)
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A Greyhound's Win / Lose Ratio
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February 2012
Warning To Speed Fans
January 2012
Following Bitches After Seasonal Rest
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