Focus On Romford

Address: London Road, Romford, Essex RM7 9DU

Track circumference: 350m.

Hare: Outside Swaffham

Distances raced: 225m, 400m, 575m, 750m, 925m

Run to first bend: 67m (400m and 575m).

Race days: Evenings: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; also Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons (BAGS).

Romford trainers: Ernie Gaskin, Maxine Locke, Margaret Lucas, David Mullins, James Reynolds, Philip Simmonds, John Simpson, Martyn Wiley, Paul Young.

Track Records:
225m: Tearaway John 13.28s (12/03/10).
400m: Eden Star 23.34s (16/09/11).
575m: Airport Captain 34.67s (13/08/13); Adageo Bob 34.67s (02/12/14).
750m: Avit On Bertha 46.37s (12/12/12).
925m: Aero Rebel 58.62s (12/12/12).
400m Hurdles: Glenwood Dream 23.99s (23/04/10).

Greyhound racing began at Romford in 1929 when, according to the National Greyhound Racing Council Book of Greyhound Racing (Pelham Books 1990), ‘no more than 500 enthusiasts came to the track on five evenings a week to see privately trained greyhounds follow a hare driven by the engine of an old Ford car.’ By 1931 the money had been raised to build a proper stadium on land close to the original location. At first racing as an independent track, Romford joined the NGRC in 1938. In 1945 Romford Stadium Ltd became a publicly-quoted company on the Stock Exchange, and in 1976 Corals bookmakers bought the company. Corals invested a considerable sum in Romford Greyhound Stadium, modernising the stands, Tote and restaurant, and relaying the track to a sand surface.

Recent winners of major competitions at Romford:


Coronation Cup (575m): Soviet Kenny (Droopys Vieri–Invincible Diva). 34.90s. 6/1. Trained by J. Mullins. ‘Soviet Kenny pinged out from six and held on gamely … to win by half a length from Adageo Bob in 34.90 seconds. Mullins said Soviet Kenny would now come back to four bends, with the Arc and Derby as targets.’ (Racing Post).


Champion Stakes (575m): Millwards Master (Hondo Black–Spioraid Cath). 35.02s 14/1. Trained by P. Young.

Coronation Cup (575m): Reel Trickyone (Ninja Jamie–Lively Jubbley). 35.41s. 7/2. Trained by M. Wallis.

Essex Vase (575m): Adoremus (Kinloch Brae–Ballymac Misty). 35.37s. 7/1. Trained by M. Locke.

Golden Sprint (400m): Lough Messi (Droopys Vieri–Lough Curra). 23.95s. 11/8f. Trained by M. Locke.

Opinions on Romford’s racing circuit:

‘It’s a pretty tight track, and so you need a fast-up railer.’ (Charlie Lister, in the book Charlie Lister on Greyhounds by Julia Barnes: First Stone 2004).

‘A sprint circuit with tightish bends but a very safe track. Ideally suited to a smallish, short-coupled greyhound or a small nippy bitch. Not ideal for the heavyweight, long-legged type … Early pace is a must.’ (Greyhound Fact File: Ed. Julia Barnes. Ringpress Books 1988).

In my book, Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay, I set out the results of a survey I conducted when considering the incidence of trouble at the bends in 100 consecutive four bend graded races at four tracks: Crayford, Romford, Swindon and Sheffield. I reproduce below the comparative incidence of trouble (between two or more of the runners) at the first/second bends. The first percentage excludes crowding, a relatively minor obstruction to a clear run; the figure in brackets includes crowding:

Crayford: 67% (96%)
Romford: 76% (84%)
Swindon 24% (83%)
Sheffield 54% (70%)

These figures would suggest that serious trouble at the first and/or second bends is more likely at tracks where the circumference is relatively tight (Romford and Crayford) than at more galloping tracks (Swindon and Sheffield). The advice given above by Charlie Lister and Julia Barnes – to favour dogs, especially railers, which trap well and show good early speed to the first bend – should be noted by anyone betting at Romford.

Finally, here are my standard times for Romford’s standard 400m distance. For more information on how I calculate them and how to use them, please refer to my February 2015 blog.

A1: 24.39s
A2: 24.59s
A3: 24.62s
A4: 24.69s
A5: 24.75s
A6: 24.88s
A7: 24.97s
A8: 25.14s

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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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