Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (2)

Last month’s blog was devoted to the Racing Post website, probably the most useful for greyhound backers in terms of the quantity and quality of information it provides. This month we’ll look at other sites which offer a useful service.

This is the official website of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, the governing body for licenced greyhound racing. It may not sound too exciting, but any site that offers, free of charge, the lifetime form of every greyhound racing on every licenced track in the UK is manna from heaven to the serious backer. There is no need to register or log in; simply access the site and click on ‘Results/Fixtures’. Type in the name of the greyhound and you have the lifetime form, including trials if you wish, of your chosen dog. You can also access the full result of every race run at every track for last two months.

If you like to follow certain dogs, you can also sign up for a ‘Daily Kennel Alert’, whereby the GBGB will email you when one of these dogs is due to run.

This superb website is a mine of information on greyhound breeding and much else. Just feed in a greyhound’s name and up come details of its age, sex, weight, date and place of birth, a selection of photos of it in action, its four generation pedigree, and the names and racing careers of all the other offspring of the dam. You can access the formlines for all the dog’s races, and a further statistical breakdown supplies information on its winning runs, the number of races it ran in each year, and an annual summary of its placings at different distances. For its last eight races, there is a comparison of the times it recorded to the average winning time for that distance at the track.

Greyhound-data has up-to-date race statistics and track information for every country in the world where greyhound racing takes place. You’ll also find everything you ever wanted to know about hundreds of active sires standing in the UK, Ireland and abroad.

In my youth the daily papers that I read before all others were The Sporting Life and the Sporting Chronicle, together with the weekly Handicap Book. All three were devoted to horse and greyhound racing, and their eventual demise continues to be, to me at least, a matter of regret. Though the Sporting Life ceased publication in 1998, it re-emerged as on online website covering most sports, including greyhound racing. It’s a useful source of news on current events in the greyhound world. Jjust looking at today’s page, for example, there is a report on the Greyhound Derby final at Towcester, won by Astute Missile. A son of the prolific sire Kinloch Brae, Astute Missile is, at 28/1, the longest price winner in the history of the Derby. Incidentally, in the Sporting Life’s preview of the race, greyhound expert Ian Brindle described Astute Missile as ‘a far better dog than his price implies’.

On the Sporting Life website you can access racecards and a comprehensive form guide for all the day’s fixtures; the best bets and selections for all races; and a full results service.

This website provides information on future races at many of Britain’s greyhound tracks up to three days in advance. For a small fee – refundable if you bet via the website – you can also access the past form of every dog. There is a rapid results service; the first three in any given race are on the website within a few minutes of the race being run. You also have the opportunity to watch live racing, again for a refundable fee, and to bet into the Tote pools of some tracks. The disadvantage with Tote betting, of course, is that you don’t know exactly what odds you will receive if your dog wins.

When it comes to backing or laying a greyhound the betting exchange site is the industry leader. An alternative is Betdaq (, but the liquidity, or the amount of money bet or layed on each race, generally doesn’t match that of Betfair, which can affect the odds on offer. The great advantage of betting on the exchanges is that you have the option to be a layer as well as a backer. You can test your judgement against that of other punters, and the odds available will, on the whole, be better on the exchanges than those offered by the bookmakers. The latter have to build overheads, such as the cost of high street rents, into their profit margins, whereas the margins on exchange bets are usually much smaller. However, Betfair users must pay a small commission on winning bets (starts at 5%, and the more you bet, the more you pay).

Betfair works by matching a punter who wants to back a greyhound to win with one who wants to lay it – that is, to bet that it will lose. Most of the betting action on a greyhound race takes place just before the’ off’, but Betfair gives you the opportunity to place your bets hours beforehand if that suits you best. For example, you can place a £20 bet in the morning on a dog running at a meeting that evening and request odds of, say, 3/1. You can then leave Betfair to do the rest. If, later, a layer is found to match your £20, the bet is struck. If no one is willing to lay the dog at 3/1, the bet is deemed ‘unmatched’ and your £20 stake, which is being held in a separate account, is returned to your account.

September 2018
Focus On Poole
August 2018
Focus On Perry Barr
July 2018
Focus On Nottingham
June 2018
Focus On Newcastle
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
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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