GREYHOUND RACING – PROFITABLE TRACKS

Hi and welcome to the latest in my series of articles related to profitable punting on dog racing. For this month I will begin to detail some UK tracks that in my opinion provide the fairest medium for punters looking for consistent profits derived from a robust selection process. These tracks make up 90% of my greyhound betting due to the fact that they have consistently provided me with a ROI superior to other venues.

Along with the tracks I will also include dogs that have been performing well recently and without doubt are in a very rich vein of form.

Nottingham greyhound stadium is the home of greyhound racing in the East Midlands. It was voted ‘Central Region Racecourse of the Year’ by the British Greyhound Racing Board for 1998-1999 and also 2001-2002

Race Days – Monday, Friday and Saturday evenings as well as an additional BAGS meeting Tuesday morning

Track Circumference 437 metres

Run To First Bend 85 metres (500m) 35 metres (680m)

Hare Type Outside Swaffham McGee

Distances 305m, 480m, 500m, 680m, 730m, 885m, 905m, 925m.

Recently Nottingham has witnessed the first races of Dromana Max, seven in total all of which he has won, starting in A1 and graduating to open company. The view of many well respected greyhound followers is that Dromana Max will be better suited to a short 4 bend trip and if entered in Oxford’s Pall Mall could prove very interesting. Other dogs to note are Foxes City and Farncombe Bomber.

Belle Vue greyhound racing stadium; the stadium has a luxurious glass fronted grandstand and a four hundred seat restaurant, six licensed bars including a sports bar incorporating 21 televisions and two large screen projectors.

The very first race round an oval track in Britain was staged at Belle Vue on July 24, 1926. In excess of 1,700 people attended the meeting and watched a greyhound called Mistley win over 440 yards. The track remains the property of the Greyhound Racing Association.

Race days are Wednesday (intermittent – BEGS), Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The track is 395 metres in circumference. The distances raced are 237, 465, 465H, 647 and 875 metres. The run to the first bend is 103 metres (465m), 72.50 metres (647m). Outside Swaffham is the Hare Type.

If I had to restrict my betting to one track then Belle Vue would be my choice

My dog to follow surprisingly races in the lower echelons of graded cards and as with most greyhounds of this type wins its share of races. White Apachy would not appear on many lists as a source of profit but when racing in the first race of the night in A8 it has to be followed, over time you will achieve a ROI well in excess of 250%.

Over the coming months I will cover other tracks that in my opinion fall into the category of providing value to the punter but to conclude this month’s article I would like to give you some facts that I discovered whilst reviewing Dog Stats, details of my review are in the Betting Product Review section but I wanted to highlight a couple of profitable trends that achieve a very healthy ROI for your attention.

Trend 1

Greyhounds having their first British race ever at Hall Green.

Results taken to 12/01/2011 using estimated Betfair Prices.

Report for: Year

Group

No. of Runs

No. of Wins

Win%

1–2%

1–2–3%

LSP

ROI%

2008

372

27

7.26

19.89

32.80

-175.24

-47.11

2009

366

23

6.28

18.03

30.33

-182.55

-49.88

2010

386

28

7.25

16.58

28.24

-135.55

-35.12

2011

6

0

0.00

16.67

66.67

-6.00

-100.00

The report shows that you could expect about 360 – 390 bets a year.

The percentage of winners is consistently very low each year at 7.26%, 6.28% and 7.25%.

The ROI% (Return On Investment percentage) shows that for every £100 bet in 2008 you would have lost £47, in 2009 £50 and in 2010 £35. The trend has continued with all six bets in 2011 losing so far.

So trend 1 tells us that we should lay all greyhounds having their first ever British run at Hall Green. Conversely if you are betting at Hall Green, avoid the greyhounds having their first ever British run.

Trend 2

Bitches running at Sunderland that have not run for more than 36 days.

Results taken to 12/01/2011 using estimated Betfair prices.

Report for: Year

Group

No. of Runs

No. of Wins

Win%

1–2%

1–2–3%

LSP

ROI%

2008

365

33

9.04

22.47

40.00

-143.85

-39.41

2009

412

38

9.22

18.93

35.92

-177.42

-43.06

2010

372

33

8.87

19.62

34.95

-125.68

-33.78

2011

7

0

0.00

28.57

42.86

-7.00

-100.00

The report shows that you could expect about 360 – 420 bets a year. The percentage of winners is consistently very low each year at 9.04%, 9.22% and 8.87%.

The ROI% (Return On Investment percentage) shows that for every £100 bet in 2008 you would have lost £39, in 2009 £43 and in 2010 £34. The trend has continued with all seven bets in 2011 losing so far.

So trend 2 tells us that we should lay all bitches running at Sunderland that have not raced for more than 36 days. Conversely if you are betting at Sunderland, bitches that have not raced for more than 36 days should be avoided.

Shane Gilbert

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