Racecard comments: H - M

Hgh: High

Seen in the comment JHgh (Jumped High), describing a hurdler that is not fluent at the hurdles. Inexperienced hurdlers or those that are just not proficient at jumping may be inclined to put too much daylight between themselves and the obstacle, thus wasting precious time in the air. The ideal is for the greyhound to jump low and fast, just brushing through the top of the flight and landing in a way that allows it to resume its stride pattern without losing any momentum.

Hld On: Held On

A greyhound that has made all or much of the running, but is coming to the end of its tether, may show the courage necessary to withstand a late challenge from one or more of its rivals. In such circumstances it may earn the comment ‘held on’. Possibly the line came just in time, or maybe the dog could have pulled out a bit more if required. In any event the comment is a positive one, underlining the dog’s determination not to be beaten.

Hnd Tm or HT: Hand Timed

Occasionally a track’s electronic timing mechanism will malfunction, resulting in a race or races having to be timed by a hand-held stopwatch. Whilst the majority of racetrack staff charged with holding the watch are probably perfectly competent, the scope for inaccuracy when dealing in hundredths of a second is clearly significant. For that reason I would never rely on a stopwatch timing when assessing a dog’s chance. Furthermore, sectional times (the time it takes for a dog to run from the traps to the winning line first time round) are not possible in races that are hand timed, which is another reason to treat them with circumspection.

Hndy: Handy

Usually seen in the phrase ‘AHndy’ (Always Handy’), this term describes a greyhound that is in contention right from the opening of the traps. It will maintain a challenging position throughout, and may or may not go on to win the race.

Imp: Impeded

One of several terms used when a dog fails to find a clear run, Impeded suggests interference that is more serious than mere crowding, but less so than being baulked or bumped. A dog racing from an adjacent trap may have taken its ground at a bend, forcing it to check and break its stride pattern. Or a dog that is tiring in the finishing straight may wander off a true line and impede the dog racing next to it.

IT: Inter-Track

As well as graded and Open racing, tracks will sometimes stage Inter-Track events, in which teams of runners from two or more tracks compete against each other. The most popular and successful of these events is the BAGS/SIS Track Championship. Tracks are grouped according to their region of the country, and they compete against each other in a series of qualifying events in order to produce a regional winner. These winning tracks, plus the highest scoring runners-up, then go forward to a Grand Final.

KO: Knocked Over

It is in the nature of greyhound racing that a dog will sometimes be bumped, or collide with another dog, so violently that it will lose its footing. While many dogs will be none the worse for being knocked over, a fall at the speed at which the dogs are travelling can result in injury, either minor or serious. The track’s management will always do its best, when allocating dogs to traps, to minimise the potential risks, but such dangers can, unfortunately never be totally eliminated.

Lcd or Lckd: Lacked

Most often seen in the comment LcdEP (Lacked Early Pace), and usually describing dogs who take time to get into top gear and find themselves in an unpromising position at the first bend. They may run on strongly down the back straight and in the finishing straight, but it’s not easy to negotiate a clear passage through the field, and the race may be over before they can mount a challenge. Dogs lacking early speed are better suited to races over six or more bends, where they have more time to overcome their initial disadvantage.

Msd Brk: Missed Break

Some tracks employ this phrase instead of the more commonly used ‘Slow Away’ or ‘Very Slow Away’.

Mvd Off: Moved Off

It sometimes takes a while for a young greyhound to demonstrate its trap preference, and as a result it might be housed in a trap that doesn’t help it to maintain a straight course. So a dog that prefers to take a rails-to-middle or middle course may find itself wearing the red jacket. Approaching the first bend at close to forty miles an hour, and lacking the muscular control to hug the rails, the dog drifts to its right and, possibly, impedes the dog outside it. ‘Moved Off’ is the phrase used to describe this inability to hold an inside line; almost certainly the dog will run from a more suitable trap on its next appearance.

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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)
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Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (5)
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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)
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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
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Early Paced Dogs
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Speed Handicapping (5) : More FAQs
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Speed Handicapping (3)
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