The Striped Jacket

The advantage to the genuinely wide runner of being drawn in Trap 6 is clear from the table below. Most tracks reveal a superior winning percentage for the striped jacket as compared with the orange. Since the Trap 6 runner has no dog on its outside to contend with, that’s only to be expected. Overall, statistics for Trap 6, like those of Trap 1, hold up well in comparison with other traps, and for that reason the chances of the dog wearing the stripes should always be taken seriously. Apart from any considerations of form, Trap 6 may have an advantage when the going has been affected by prolonged or heavy rain. Since tracks tend to drain towards the inside, the dogs in the inside traps may have their speed blunted.

Given normal ground conditions, what favourable factors should the backer look for when considering a bet on a Trap 6 runner? First of all, a close look should be taken at the structure of the race, with particular reference to the dog in Trap 5. Is the orange runner a true middle-to-wide dog, or is it a wide runner that may veer to the right after leaving the traps? If the orange has a W after its name, meaning that it has been seeded wide, it may be competing for the same racing line as Trap 6. However, a wide seeding is not always a reliable indication of a dog’s preferred line, and I would look back at its recent runs to check this.

Ideally, we want a middle or middle-to-wide dog in five and a true wide runner in six. By that I mean a Trap 6 dog that doesn’t cut in at the bends, because this type of dog tends to find trouble. A dog that maintains its line out wide should secure a clear run, which will allow it to make the most of its draw. But be wary of the Trap 6 dog that takes such a wide course that it’s virtually on the hare rail. It may get a clear run but will give away so much ground that it never gets into contention.

The next question to consider is that of running style. Liam Connolly, who wrote an invaluable booklet, Greyhound Racing for Profit, back in the 1980’s, had definite views on this. He much preferred the dog wearing the striped jacket to be a strong late finisher rather than an early paced sort. His records suggested that fast starters from Trap 6 didn’t win with the same frequency as slow starting, strong finishers. He concluded: ‘A dog which runs wide, but has enough pace to come with a late run to win, is one of the safest bets in racing’. That advice may have been offered a few years ago, but it still holds good. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with backing a strong late finisher that is also capable of showing good early pace. Dogs with genuine all round speed are almost always contenders, but are not so common in graded racing as dogs with a more limited repertoire.

If you do like the look of an early paced wide runner, make sure that its sectional times are superior to those of the dog in Trap 5, so that it goes into the first bend clear of the dog inside. Then check the previous lifetime form of the six dog. Has it shown in the past that it can exploit its early position by staying on in the finishing straight to win in the grade? It may be vulnerable to a stronger finisher.

If the dog in stripes has good late speed but not much early pace, check that the dog in Trap 5 isn’t a similar type. The orange should have superior sectionals to the stripes, so that the latter can slot in unimpeded behind the other runners in the early stages of the race. It should then be able to use its strength and staying power to come with a late surge out wide and cut down its rivals in the straight.

I have extracted winning Trap 6 statistics for all tracks over the last six years (source: www.greyhound-data.com). Trap 5 statistics are in brackets.

Percentage of winners from Trap 6 (4 bend races only).

Track2015 (to date)20142013201220112010
Belle Vue15 (16)16 (16)17 (16)16 (14)17 (15)15 (15)
Crayford18 (16)18 (15)18 (15)19 (16)17 (15)17 (15)
Hall Green18 (16)18 (14)17 (17)16 (14)16 (15)18 (17)
Henlow15 (14)15 (16)17 (16)17 (17)15 (15)15 (14)
Hove19 (14)19 (15)16 (15)17 (14)18 (15)18 (14)
Kinsley14 (16)14 (15)15 (15)16 (16)15 (15)16 (15)
Mildenhall18 (17)20 (16)20 (11)19 (12)17 (14)19 (18)
Monmore18 (15)18 (14)17 (13)17 (14)17 (14)16 (15)
Newcastle16 (16)17 (14)15 (15)17 (16)17 (15)17 (15)
Nottingham16 (14)18 (16)16 (15)18 (13)18 (14)15 (15)
Pelaw Grange17 (14)19 (15)19 (14)16 (14)16 (14)17 (17)
Perry Barr17 (14)18 (14)16 (16)16 (16)16 (17)17 (16)
Peterborough17 (14)15 (15)15 (18)14 (17)12 (15)15 (13)
Poole17 (13)15 (14)15 (15)17 (14)18 (14)17 (13)
Romford17 (16)17 (15)14 (14)14 (16)15 (14)14 (12)
Shawfield(limited data as most races run as handicaps)
Sheffield18 (14)16 (15)18 (15)16 (14)19 (15)18 (15)
Sittingbourne19 (13)19 (13)18 (18)18 (15)19 (15)21 (15)
Stainforth20 (14)19 (15)16 (13)22 (15)18 (13)18 (15)
Sunderland18 (15)16 (16)16 (16)17 (16)18 (17)18 (16)
Swindon21 (14)18 (15)18 (16)17 (15)18 (15)16 (15)
Towcester14 (14)10 (20)----
Wimbledon16 (13)16 (16)18 (16)16 (13)17 (15)19 (15)
Yarmouth17 (15)18 (15)17 (14)18 (14)18 (14)17 (16)
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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