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Greyhound Betting Guide: How to Bet on Greyhounds Racing
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Greyhound Racing 2021 Free Bets, Latest Odds & Betting Offers
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December 2021 – Greyhound racing offers a great alternative type of racing, and bookmakers often support it well with daily odds available, free bets to claim and betting offers for the big events.
Bookmakers will accept greyhound bets across many different tracks on a daily basis. The meetings include those which are streamed live in a morning and afternoon, while there are three ways to watch in an evening.
Further meetings are streamed live, there is coverage on Sky Sports Racing and the dedicated TV channel RPGTV will also cover meetings on a nightly basis.
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December is a very busy month for greyhound competitions, on top of the regular daily action we enjoy.
The English Puppy Derby begins on December 12, with some of the best young dogs in the country taking part.
We then have the Brighton Belle and and the Olympic on December 18, followed by the National Sprint on December 20 and lastly the All-England Cup on December 29.
All of this is available on top of the excellent daily racing we see, all of which can be streamed live and watched on TV.
Like it’s horse racing counterpart, greyhound racing betting comes with the ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ (BOG) promotion with many major online bookmakers including Paddy Power, Betfair, Coral, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Betfred.
We have a dedicated greyhound racing tipster who has been studying the form and betting on greyhounds for years and will give you his expert greyhound betting tips and greyhound predictions right here on freebets.com.
You will find daily greyhound racing tips on the morning and afternoon ‘BAGS’ meetings (Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service) right through to ante post greyhound tips on the big events such as the Grand National over the jumps at Central Park, the Golden Jacket at Crayford and the sport’ showpiece event, the Greyhound Derby at Towcester.
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Greyhound racing has been around for almost 100 years and between the 1930s and 1960s it was massively popular attracting live attendances of thousands in scores of tracks across the UK.
Of course the landscape has changed and like most sports, many more people now watch the action in a betting shop, on their PC, TV or mobile device than go to the tracks.
In fact, with bookmakers live streaming upwards of 100 races a day more people probably bet on greyhounds than ever before and that means greyhound betting is an important part of a bookmaker’s menu. Consequently greyhound free bets are commonplace, used as a new customer sign-up incentive or handed out as bonuses and consolation prizes.
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Greyhound free bets are no different to horse racing free bets. They can be used on win markets, forecasts and tricasts. They can also be used in multiple and exotic bets such as trebles and Lucky 15’s. With just six runners per-race, theoretically it should be easier win betting on greyhounds than betting on horse racing.
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‘Money back if second to the SP favourite’ is probably the most popular greyhound racing free bet offer around at the moment.
But many online bookmakers also give their regular greyhound customers odds boosts and bonuses if all legs of your multiple greyhound bet are successful.
How Does Greyhound Betting Work?
Traditionally greyhound betting odds would appear just minutes before a race off time as the greyhounds went on parade. But in recent years major bookmakers took to offering their own prices hours before official off times.
This is a major advantage to shrewd greyhound punters especially as betting on greyhounds with leading online sportsbooks come with the excellent ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ (BOG) concession.
With races normally made-up of six runners greyhounds betting is not restricted to just win bets
You can place each-way bets (places 1-2 are paid), forecasts and also tricasts. Some online bookmakers have novel markets on such things as ‘Winning Distance’, ‘Inside Traps vs Outside Traps’, ‘To Finish in the Top 3’ even ‘To Finish in the Bottom 3.
Generally races are graded to feature six runners of similar ability. The top grade is always designated A1, the lowest graded races featuring the slowest dogs can go as low as A12 at some tracks.
Normally when a dog wins in a grade he is upgraded one level and after a string of defeats they can be ‘down-graded’ a level.
Where are the Main Greyhound Tracks in the UK?
Towcester attracts attention here as this is where you will find the English Greyhound Derby held, the most prestigious event in the racing calendar.
After temporary closure, Towcester is back with the 2021 Greyhound Derby.
Other big tracks scattered around the country include Newcastle, Sunderland, Nottingham, Sheffield, Monmore, Romford, Crayford and Hove.
These all offer top quality graded racing for fans to enjoy, but also host major open events from time to time, attracting some of the biggest and best names from around the country, with big prize money on offer.
What are the Biggest Greyhound Racing Events?
The Greyhound Derby is the sports showpiece event. In 2019 it was staged at Nottingham for the first time following the temporary closure of Towcester, but now in 2021 and beyond, the Greyhound Derby will be back at Towcester.
There are many other Category 1 races on the greyhound calendar including the Grand National (yes it is raced over jumps) at Central Park, the Oaks at Swindon, the Champion Stakes at Romford, the Golden Jacket at Crayford, the Regency at Hove, and many more.
In order to have Category 1 status a competition must have a minimum of £10,000 as a first prize.
Who are the Main Players in Greyhound Racing?
Mark Wallis is the sports leading greyhound trainer albeit his former head lad, Patrick Janssens, has become a major force.
Seamus Cahill and Liz McNair are other trainers renowned for having some of the fastest dogs in training and between them they win many of the major competitions.
But most greyhound racing is of the graded variety and that means form students can study videos of previous races and look for telling trends. It’s not uncommon for a track to show a bias whereby there is a string of winners prevailing from outside traps, or early-paced greyhounds are being caught and passed due to a track running ‘slow’.
These are just some of the factors to consider when betting on greyhound racing albeit greyhounds are remarkably consistent whereby a dog which races wide (or close to the inside rail) will never change their run style. Similarly dogs which trap well and shows early speed will do so throughout their career and those that finish strongly will always do so.