Dogs Betting: Compare Greyhound Odds

Compare the latest greyhound odds and all dog racing betting using the odds comparison tables below. Plus you can also get up to £1000 of bookies’ free bets.

Greyhound Odds Comparison
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There are some twenty four tracks to choose from if you want to make a night of it and go dog racing. Many tracks have upgraded their facilities to attract both public and corporate support and now offer good quality restaurants and luxurious bars as well as the all important entertainment, the dog racing and betting.

Watching six beautiful greyhounds running at lightning speeds is a wonderful spectacle but what makes it really interesting is having a bet, picking the winners and making money at the same time.

You have a choice of some seventy thousand races to choose from on dog racing and, needless to say, you don’t have to go to the greyhound track to wager on greyhound racing betting. All good online bookmakers will offer a similar choice of bets to those that are on offer at the track.

Some online bookmakers, like Bet365, offer both fixed odds and tote betting on races streamed live from ten top UK tracks including Wimbledon, Hall Green, Perry Bar and Belle Vue. You can simply place your bet and watch the dog race of your choice live at bet365. The minimum stake is just £1.

Bets on offer will include: win only; each way; a forecast (you select the dogs that you think will come first and second, in the correct order); a reverse forecast (effectively two forecasts: 1) Dog A to beat dog B and 2) Dog B to beat Dog A); a tricast (you select the first three dogs home in the correct order). There may also be special bets on offer both at the tracks and with online bookmakers on specific races.

While greyhounds have been used for coursing for hundreds of years, greyhound racing is relatively new sport. You may think of a night at the dogs as an intrinsically British activity but it was actually an American, Mr Owen Smith who was responsible for bringing greyhound racing as we now know it to Britain. Smith invented the first mechanical lure device and developed the circular dog track in the US. He teamed up with US businessman, Charles Munn, who spotted the international appeal of the sport and brought dog racing to Britain. Smith and Munn combined forces with a couple of Brits, Sir William Gentle, an entrepreneur, and Brigadier General Alfred Critchley. Between them they formed the Greyhound Racing Association.

Just seventeen hundred people went to watch the first night at the dogs in Britain at Belle Vue Stadium, Manchester on July 24th, 1926. The very first winner, Mistley, came home by eight lengths at 6-1. It was the money to be made on greyhound betting that helped fuel the growth of the sport. Just a few weeks after the inaugural greyhound meeting, the attendance figures at Belle Vue had risen to over ten thousand per meeting.

Greyhound stadiums soon appeared across the country and dog racing betting became more and more popular. In 1927, White City, which was originally constructed for the 1908 Olympics in London, brought greyhound racing to London. White City was the venue for the first ever Greyhound Derby later the same year. The one thousand pound prize made it the most valuable and prestigious race of the year. The same holds true today although the Greyhound Derby is now held at Wimbledon in the south west of London.

Just like horse racing, dog racing has its stars which act as ambassadors to increase the appeal of the sport. In the mid 1980s Ballyregan Bob, trained in southern England by George Curtis, became the superstar of his era. The likeable brindle dog managed to rack up a world record breaking total of thirty two consecutive wins. The final win was at Brighton and Hove stadium. The race was shown live on BBC. Ballyregan Bob was an incredibly short favourite in the dog racing betting but thousands profited from the exploits of the canine legend.

Thanks to the growth of online betting, greyhound betting volumes have never been greater. Dog racing betting from the comfort of the armchair at home has inevitably led to a falling percentage of the £2.4 billion which is now wagered each year changing hands at the actual dog tracks.

The good news for those of you who still want to watch greyhound racing live, at the dogs, is that the tracks are making ever greater efforts to secure your attendance. Only those tracks that have been prepared to invest in improving their facilities have managed to maintain financially viable attendance levels.

So how do you get an edge from greyhound racing? One obvious answer is, as always, to do your research and study the form. As well as studying the form of the dog and its trainer, some dog racing betting enthusiasts suggest there may be a positive bias towards certain traps on some dog tracks. You will need to look over the results for the track to see if it holds true for your selections.

Should you bet on the favourites or chase outsiders in the dog betting? A look over the Greyhound Derby winners of recent years shows that the favourites do come in with reasonable frequency for favourite backers. 1996 was the beginning of a five year run of successful Derby favourites, starting with Dolores Ruth’s Shanless Slippy who triumphed at 4-9, then Charlie Lister’s Some Picture at 8-13, followed by Nick Savva’s Toms The Best at 4-5, Karl Hewitt’s Chart King at 8-11 and finally, Charlie Lister’s Rapid Ranger at 7-4 in 2000. Incidentally, Rapid Ranger won again in 2001 at exactly the same odds but he was not the favourite in the greyhound betting for that year.

If that list makes you think that following favourites is the only way to go in greyhound racing betting, think again. The 2009 Greyhound Derby saw a sensational long shot come in. Kinda Ready, trained by Mark Wallis, triumphed at odds of 25-1, so you can’t totally discount the outsiders in the Derby.

Do not expect a Derby winner at such generous odds to come in too often though. You have to scroll back through the record books to 1975 to find the previous 25-1 winner. In the history of the Derby, there have only been three 25-1 winners. The other was Duleek Dandy in 1960.

Whether you are a dog favourite fan or a value seeker, there is plenty of money to be made on greyhound betting.

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