For a non-regular greyhound bettor, an initial look at a greyhound race card may seem somewhat daunting with a mass of numbers and information. This guide is designed to outline the basic information displayed on the race card to give the reader more of an understanding about what information the race card provides.
William Hill are the main bookmaker when it comes to greyhound racing. They sponsor many greyhound competitions, are often best price about many big races, have their prices up early, and offer ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ where you are paid out at the starting price if it is bigger than the price you took.
You will see on the below image that the letters A to O are visible along the bottom of the image. Each letter corresponds to the column of information above it. Underneath the image we will explain what each column displays to give more information about how to read a greyhound race card.
Firstly we will explain some of the information along the top of the form guide:
- The large 4 to the far left hand side shows the reader what trap the dog is starting in. There are six traps in a greyhound race.
- ‘Franksverymuch’ is the name of the greyhound.
- The (M) after the greyhound’s name intimates that the dog is a middle-seed, this means that the dog tends to run the middle of the track from the traps and thus traps 3 and 4 are best suited. You will also see (W) next to some greyhounds which means the dog is a wide-seed, thus it runs wide from the traps and traps 5 and 6 are best suited. If there isn’t a (M) or (W) next to the name of the greyhound it means that it is unseeded and tends to run towards the rails from the traps, meaning traps 1 and 2 are best suited.
- In this example Mr.J.G.Reid is listed twice, that is because he is both the trainer and the owner of the greyhound. Race cards normally only list the trainer, and not the owner.
- Under the greyhound’s name, ‘Franksverymuch’, you will see there is information relating to how many races and 1st/2nd places the greyhound has had. This isn’t always standard for a race card and is often replaced with information on the greyhound’s fastest recent time over the course and distance it is running.
How To Read A Greyhound Race Card – Key
Each row relates to a different race, below you will find information illustrating what each column shows.
A – This is the date of the race.
B – This is the distance of the race.
C – This is the trap that the greyhound was in for the race.
D – This is the split time – the time it took for the greyhound to reach the winning line for the first time. In most races, greyhounds cross the winning line twice and this information gives a good indication to the early pace of the greyhound.
E – This is the splits or bend order and shows what position the greyhound was at during the race. In a standard four-bend race, this is usually the greyhound’s position at each of the four bends.
F – This is the greyhound’s finishing position in the race.
G – This is the distance that the greyhound won or was beaten by in the race.
H -This is the winner of the race, or if the greyhound whose form you are reading won the race then this will be the greyhound who placed 2nd.
I – This is the remarks of the race and gives comment on what happened to the greyhound during the race. As a basic guide, the remarks can show whether the greyhound received a clear run or faced trouble during the race.
J – The actual time the race was won in.
K – This is an assessment of how the track is running, often called ‘the going’. ‘N’ denotes normal running but from time-to-time the track can be running fast or slow: a plus figure suggests a fast track and a negative figure suggests a slow track. The figures are in 100th of a seconds, thus +10 would add 0.10s to the time.
L – This is the weight of the greyhound in kilograms.
M – This is the starting price of the greyhound.
N – This is the grade of the race, with the lower the number the better the class of the race. You will often see ‘OR’ here which means open race which the race is open to greyhounds from other tracks – these tend to be the highest quality races. The prefix ‘T’ means a trial race, and the number after the T informs of how many dogs were in the trial (i.e. T3 is a 3 dog trial).
O – This is the time the greyhound recorded in the race, taking into account the going as outlined in column ‘K’.
Other information that is usually detailed is the track that the race was ran at. Some times it has a column of its own, and on other occasions it will be placed in brackets next to the dog in ‘H’. If blank, it usually means that the race was at the same track as today’s race.