Greyhound racing: a quick guide

posted by Chris Valentine
The world of Greyhound racing is an interesting one

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In the last decade or so, greyhound racing has seen a significant surge in popularity across the United Kingdom. Racecourses all over the country host regular meetings; usually on a Friday or a Saturday and thousands of avid race-goers usually attend in a bid to watch the best and quickest dogs in action.

Ultimately, greyhound racing is a bit more of a lottery than horse racing. One of the biggest differences is the way the market moves, especially for your typical meeting on a weekend. The bookmakers usually take the odds on track and offer ‘SP’ (starting price) only – unless of course you request the odds.

As a sport, it is particularly popular with large parties and younger groups. Whilst some may not enjoy the savage nature of the sport, it is widely regarded as an entertaining spectacle and punters also enjoy the chance to make plenty of cash. For greyhound odds, tips and news on upcoming meetings, please visit Coral’s website.

Monmore Green and Belle Vue are just two of England’s most popular greyhound tracks and racing fans from all over the country travel to check out the best dogs at these two sites. If truth be told, there are a plethora of options available to you – and you are never too far away from your nearest greyhound track.

And one of the best things about dog racing is the social aspect and the speed of the evening. Everybody tends to enjoy the day much more than at the races where making a hefty profit tends to be the main aim and objective. At the greyhounds, it is more about having a laugh and meeting up with friends; with the odd bet here and there of course!

Odds on the traps will be available via Coral’s greyhound odds and bettors should be sure to read up on form and previous running history before placing a wager. Whilst these factors may not be as crucial as in horse racing, it is still quite important to know as certain animals settle better at specific tracks.

For an enthralling, exhilarating experience of live sport, the greyhound racing is the place to be. With over 10 races on your average night, there is always something going on and fans will be desperate to see their favourite dogs in action. Who knows, you might even end up going home with some money after a very entertaining evening out!

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