Racecard comments: M - R

Mzl: Muzzle

Seen in the comment: Lse Mzl: Loose Muzzle. Greyhounds wear a muzzle when racing to prevent them from nipping each other, either during the race or afterwards, when the hare has stopped and they converge on it, still full of adrenalin. The muzzle will also prevent them from damaging the artificial lure.

Very occasionally there is a problem with a greyhound’s muzzle during a race. Racing muzzles are made from a special, high quality wire that is lightweight, flexible, and comfortable. They are usually soldered on all crossover points for extra strength. A strap, typically of leather, goes around the dog’s neck to hold the muzzle in place. If a muzzle has become loose during a race it may be due to a weakness in an old, much-used muzzle, or the dog somehow managing to extricate its nose from the wire caging, or the strap breaking or coming loose and slipping over the dog’s ears.

Not Chsng; Not Chasing

If a sighthound can’t see its prey it has no incentive to chase. So the most likely reason for this comment to appear in a greyhound’s form lines is if the dog has lost sight of the hare. This may occur if a dog becomes detached from the pack due to injury or after taking a bump and losing its stride pattern. A dog that is sore – perhaps suffering from a low grade, undiagnosed muscle problem – or one with that is simply jaded and out of love with the game, may also decide not to chase.

I once gave a home to a lovely old fawn bitch that had won a few long distance minor open races. She was idiosyncratic to say the least; when racing she’d dawdle along at the back of the field, apparently making little effort until, if in the mood, taking hold of the bit and finishing like the proverbial train. Eventually the dawdling took over completely, at which point her long-suffering trainer decided to give her a spin over hurdles to see if it would rekindle her enthusiasm. She took one look at the obstacles in front of her and put the brakes on. Not long afterwards she became a much loved pet in our household.

O/c: Off Colour

In greyhound racing the welfare of the dogs is paramount. It would not be sensible to ask a dog that was showing signs of being off colour to compete, no matter how valuable the prize. A dog that appeared to be a bit off colour might be incubating a more serious health issue. If a greyhound declared to run that day is found to be off colour by his trainer in the morning, he will be withdrawn and a reserve dog will run. This would not be reflected in its form lines. However, a dog might be found to be off colour by the race track vet just prior the race. In this case the dog will be withdrawn, and either a reserve will run or it will be a five dog race. The withdrawn dog, when back to full health, will trial before running again. The comment ‘off colour’ and the result of its trial(s) will be shown in its form lines.

In his book, Charlie Lister on Greyhounds (Julia Barnes; First Stone 2004), the trainer discusses the signs that a greyhound is off colour. He says that any deviation from the dog’s normal behaviour is a warning signal. A dog that is usually full of life and extravert might just stay on its bed when greeted in the morning. Other common signs are a loss of appetite, or running a higher than normal temperature.

Pkd: Pecked

As in the comment ‘Pkd 2H’ (‘Pecked second hurdle’). A greyhound running in a hurdle race will, ideally, clear the obstacles fast and low, and land running without breaking its stride pattern. If the dog slightly loses its balance as it hits the ground after the jump, its momentum may throw it forward onto its nose, and it is said to have ‘pecked’. As in horse racing, the dog needs to ‘find a leg’ to recover its balance and run on, but the slight mistake may be enough to seriously affect its chances of winning.

R: Received

In handicap racing the dog with the best form will be the ‘scratch’ dog; it wears the striped jacket and its trap (6) will be placed on the start line. Dogs of lesser ability will be housed in traps placed at up to 14 metres in front of the start line. So if, for example, the dog in the red jacket, racing from Trap 1, is 14 metres in front of the scratch dog, its form line will contain the comment, ‘R14’ (‘Received 14 metres’).

Rn In: Run In

The Run In is another term for the finishing straight, stretching from the final bend to the finish line, and situated in front of the stands. It is typically seen in comments such as ‘Ld Rn In’ (‘Led Run In’) or ‘Bmp Run In’ (‘Bumped Run In’). Big, galloping tracks with a long run in favour dogs with a strong finish over the early paced sorts that may find their stamina ebbing away as the finish line approaches.

Rn Up: Run Up

The term ‘Run Up’ refers to the distance between the start line and the first bend. This distance naturally varies considerably from track to track, depending upon the overall circumference of the track and the position of the traps. A relatively long run up (100 metres+) is preferable, as it gives the runners more time to sort themselves out before they converge at the first bend. Tracks with a longer run up include Belle Vue, Doncaster, Hove, Hull, Monmore, Newcastle, Swindon and Wimbledon. By contrast, Crayford, Henlow, Mildenhall, Romford and Sheffield have comparatively short run ups (65–75 metres).

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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
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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)
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
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Speed Handicapping (4) : FAQs
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Speed Handicapping (3)
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Speed Handicapping (2)
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