Thinking Of Having An Evening Out At The Dogs?

  • 29/01/2018

Greyhound racing is a popular sport that takes place throughout Ireland at a number of licenced tracks. An evening out at one of these venues can be a really enjoyable social experience as not only will you have the opportunity to see the fastest greyhounds in the country in action, the tracks do a great job of making your evening special with food, drinks and other activities available.

Of course, many people who go to the dogs for a night out like to place a bet on the action to add to the excitement. Here are three things to consider when you are selecting your runners in the race.


Greyhound races are run over different distances. There are sprints that generally involve just two bends of the track, middle distances races, where the dogs complete one lap of the circuit, and then anything above that is labelled a long-distance contest, where stamina obviously is required. It is important to check the form of the dog you are looking to place a bet on to see if it has had success at that distance before.  


There will be occasions where a dog needs to go up or down in distance and you can decide if you feel this is the right move by reading the race card where all the details about the dog’s previous outing will be printed. If you want to do your research beforehand, all the previous results are available online so you can arrive at the track full prepared.


The draw for each race on the meeting is made before the race card is printed. Some dogs prefer running in trap one, which is on the inside of the track; there are dogs who like the middles boxes, while others are wide runners and will need trap five or six for them to be at their best. The draw of the race can have a big say in which dog wins the race so, if you are confident that your selection has the best spot from the traps, it could be worth a bet in the race with bookmakers like William Hill who offer betting on the UK and Irish racing each day of the week.


Although they may appear the same from a first glance, every greyhound racecourse is different. The full distance of the track varies from 380 metres up to 550 metres, the latter of which is the distance of the Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park, which was won by Good News. The other main difference is how tight the bends are on the track that the dogs have to negotiate.


Greyhounds that have won at that particular track should be higher on your shortlist as they have proven that they are comfortable at the venue. If a dog is making its debut, you are probably wise to watch the race first before deciding whether to back it at the same track again in the future.

Enjoy your next visit to the dogs and, hopefully, the above will help you come away with a few winners.

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