Racecard comments: B – D

Brk: Break

Used in the phrase ‘Missed break’. Some tracks prefer this comment to ‘Slow Away’, but the meaning is the same.

Ck: Checked

Sometimes also ‘checking’. A greyhound may hesitate in its stride pattern as it approaches or runs a bend. This could be because it has sustained an injury, or is feeling an old one. The sudden pain causes the dog to check its stride, decelerate and lose its pitch. Other possibilities are that that the dog has had an opportunity to exploit a gap but has lacked the courage to take it; or it has tried to force its way through but the gap has closed. In the latter case the racecard comment might be ‘forced to check’.

Clr: Clear

Usually as part of the phrase ‘Clear Run’. From a punter’s point of view, these two words are crucial to efforts to analyse the possible outcome of a future race, or to evaluate the form of a race already run. A clear run is, more often than not, the difference between a greyhound being a contender and an also ran. When putting together six dogs to contest a graded race, the racing manager’s first task is to ensure the safety of the runners. He will select a trap for each runner that is suitable for its style of running and the line that it prefers to take. Within these parameters, however, there is room for manoeuvre without putting the dogs in danger of knocking each other over. So, for example, a dog that prefers the rails may have won its last race in fast time by securing a clear run from Trap 1. For its next race the racing manager may put it in Trap 2, with a fast breaking dog in Trap 1. This will make it harder for the dog to get a clear run and to reproduce its winning time. Similarly, a wide runner that likes to come from off the pace may have been having difficulty finding a clear run from Trap 5. The racing manager puts him in Trap 6, with a middle runner in Trap 5, and he’s able to use his late speed to win without encountering trouble.

Cm Ag: Came Again

I’m always pleased to see these words in a greyhound’s formlines if I’ve been considering it as a possible bet, and even more pleased if they occur in more than one of its formlines. That’s because they describe a dog that has shown determination and courage to win its race. A typical scenario is a race in which a dog has made much or all of the running as far as the fourth bend. In the straight it’s challenged by one or more rivals and surrenders the lead. Its winning chance appears to have gone, and for most dogs that would be the case. But this time the dog, spurred on by its innate competitive streak, finds extra reserves of stamina and bravery to run on and regain the lead. Greyhounds with this quality, in their right grade, can never be lightly dismissed from calculations.

Crd: Crowded

Of all the descriptions of trouble that can occur in a greyhound race, which include bumped, baulked, impeded and knocked over, crowding is the least serious but the most common. Crowding takes place mainly on the bends, and principally at the first and second bends. Crowding at the third and fourth bends will be less frequent but still a factor in a significant percentage of races. Dogs will inevitable crowd together as they converge on a bend at close to forty miles an hour, despite the centrifugal forces on their bodies. Crowding doesn’t necessarily cause significant interference, but it can upset a dog’s stride pattern and limit its ability to hold its racing line. Some dogs may actually prefer to race in a pack, close to the other dogs. This type of dog will have the ‘crowded’ comment in many or most of its formlines, and I wouldn’t be in a hurry to back it. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that the terms ‘crowded’ or ‘badly crowded’ are not used with the same frequency at all tracks. For example, when doing a survey for my book, Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay, a few years ago, I found that Crayford seemed to use the comments a lot more than did Romford, a similarly tight track.

Crmp: Cramped

May also be seen in the phrase ‘Finished cramped’. Cramping may occur during a race when the greyhound’s back or hind leg muscles remain in a contracted state instead of relaxing, and develop hard knots, causing the dog to slow down or stop. According to greyhound vet John Kohnke, there are several possible reasons for a dog cramping: lack of race fitness; unsuitable diet; electrolyte imbalance; dehydration; cold conditions at night meetings; or a genetic predisposition. Nervous or highly-strung dogs, if not properly warmed up prior to the race, are prone to cramping.

Disp: Disputed

Usually as part of the phrase ‘Disputed lead’, describing a dog that has made a sustained effort, which may or may not ultimately be successful, to dominate a race.

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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)
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Qualities Of The Successful Backer
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Compiling Race Ratings (2)
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December 2016
Racecard Comments : S - X
November 2016
Racecard Comments : M - R
October 2016
Racecard Comments : H - M
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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
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Keeping An Online Formbook (3)
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Keeping An Online Formbook (2)
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Keeping An Online Formbook (1)
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The Striped jacket
December 2015
The Orange jacket
November 2015
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
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Upgraded Dogs
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Downgraded Dogs
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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
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Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (6)
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The Time Test
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Recording and Reviewing Your Bets
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What’s a "grade within a grade"? (2)
December 2013
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November 2013
Trap Draw
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Sires To Note
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Racing Post Summaries (3)
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Laying Greyhounds On The Betting Exchanges
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Spotting The Ungenuine Dog
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Compiling A List Of Greyhounds To Follow
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Specialisation (2)
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Winter Ground Conditions
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Following dogs in form
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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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Early Paced Dogs
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