Greyhound racing is a hugely competitive and unpredictable sport and there is no surefire way of finding winners. However, there are a number of strategies which can be deployed and these can help improve your chances of making a profit on this fascinating high-octane pastime. We’ve highlighted some of the best methods and strategies which should always be considered before placing a bet on the dogs.
Keep an Eye on Runners who a Returning from a Layoff
When a greyhound has been absent for several months, they will often take part in several trials ahead of their return. Once they are ready to return, they will often be dropped in grade by the handicapper and this can often be very helpful. If a dog has been competing in A4 events in November, yet is now involved in an A5 or A6 contest in April, it will often put in a strong performance against much-easier rivals.
Fast Starts are Beneficial
If you cannot pick between two greyhounds, it’s often best to opt for the dog who tends to make a faster start. Times and comments can be found on the Racing Post Greyhound site and comments such as ‘slowly away’ are more likely to result in traffic problems and your chosen runner potentially becoming embroiled in a tangle. If you can find a greyhound who hits the front early and avoids trouble, you’ve given yourself a much better chance of success!
Check the Weather Conditions
It’s always advised to check the forecast before placing your bets and also to take note of the official track conditions. Some dogs excel in wet conditions and prefer to race on a moistened surface whereas others struggle if the track is waterlogged. As a result, it’s always best to make sure that the weather conditions are unlikely to scupper your chosen bet.
Consider the Market
Greyhound odds can be lively, particularly in the final five minutes. It’s important to consider these market movements, especially if there are several runners who are making their first start or returning from a layoff. It’s important to note that the odds won’t always reflect the outcome of a race, however, they often give us an idea of how a race may play out.