Selection Process

How I Choose My Greyhound Tips

I use a whole lot of data to choose my greyhound tips, it’s not just a simple random selection. The selection process for me of any greyhound tip involves the study of recent form/data but, will include older historical data.

As an example; we will use the dog “Murleys Jack” his Sire (dad) was Aero Ardiles who was a great dog who raced at a high level. He had only 52 races but won 12 and came second 11 times. His Dam (mother) was “Goodbye Mary” who was racing extremely well, until injury, she had been steadily climbing the grading ladder up to A2.

From here, some checks and studying will be made on other offspring of the Sire and Dam but not too much.

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In the image above is an example of all the data kept on all greyhounds, this is the data of Murleys Jack.

Date

The date that a greyhound raced is very important, some dogs may have raced only a few days ago, while others may have raced a long time ago. If a greyhound has not raced for quite a while there maybe a reason, so we have to establish why.

Track

A greyhound will more likely race at the same track throughout its career but, sometimes they may race at other tracks. This is especially true, if a greyhound races in open races. Most trainers of greyhounds will choose to race their dogs at the nearest track to them.

Trap Numbers

It is a good idea to note how any dog has run from any specific trap. Some dogs will run better from certain trap numbers, some like to be on the inside while others prefer to be out wide. Selecting true wide runners can be quite a good strategy, take note of traps 5 and traps 6. Another point I make with trap numbers is to look at the weather, heavy rain can give wide runners another advantage. Sometimes, depending on the track, water can run to sides of the track and hinder lower trap numbers.

Although during better weather or with a well-draining track, lower trap numbers will have an advantage. If there is a greyhound that is quick away in trap numbers 1, 2 or 3 gets along the inside first, against the rail, they will have a distinct advantage. Greyhounds that run next to the inside rail, do not have so far to run as wider runners.

Split Times & Bends Usually I prefer to combine these two important pieces of data. If when trying to make selections these two statistics can help to identify if a dog gets quick away. If a lower trap numbered dog gets his/her nose in front fast enough they will have a distinct advantage. By leading, they can avoid the bumps and infringements that nearly always happen during a race.

With my selection process though, there is a lot more to it. If for instance a dog’s split reads something like this; 3331 then it might suggest this greyhound is a strong finisher.

Looking at our example dog “Murleys Jack”, it can be noted he has finished strong on quite a few occasions but can also break away fast. Looking at my data further I can see that he is a dog that will fight back if he gets knocked or bumped. Among my other greyhound data, I do like to save videos, here is a video of “Murleys Jack” winning at Sunderland.

Looking again at bends can reveal a lot about a racing dog. If a race had lots of bumping or the dog was impeded, we can take this into account. Did the dog recover, did he/she come back again, or did they just give up after being bumped?

If we look now at another dog called “Sunshine Audrey” this had a split; 1336 and the remarks, EP,Bmp1,BdBmp3. This means this dog had early pace but was bumped at the first bend then was badly bumped at the third. This dog did have early pace though so might be one for the future. This particular race had been an A4 grade so when this dog runs in an A5 we may well look at him again. This is how we can sometimes get the long priced winners and they are worth keeping an eye on. There is a lot more to it and I will add more to this page later.