Dog racing bet types, dog racing classes and betting strategy


It’s hard to believe that dog racing history began thousands of years ago as a competition in the agility and speed between the greyhounds chasing the prey. In a modern and more humane format this gambling hobby was born in the United Kingdom and by this day it remains one of the most popular types of sporting competitions yielding only to football and horse racing. And even outside the United Kingdom such competition between sinewy greyhounds is no longer that much exotic and gains popularity all over the world. A special influence on the development of this sport is the possibility to play from anywhere in a comfortable Internet cafe as well as the opportunity to earn good money by selling the successful dogs.

Greyhound is the fastest breed of dogs but the outcome of the competition does not always depend on the speed of the participants. In addition to the main rules of competitions, players who besides the excitement would also like to win solid prizes, should carefully study all the nuances and secrets of races as well as carefully analyze the history of previous races of each dog.

Rules of competitions

Dog racing is a speed competition between six hunting dogs running along the oval track pursuing artificial prey (mechanical hare). The photofinish is used in such competitions since the finishing time is fixed at the moment when the nose of the animal crosses the finish line. Participants are dressed in the vests of the following colors in a strict order: red, blue, white, black, orange and striped black. The length of the distance, its complexity and additional features vary depending on the race class. 

Racing classes

  1. – the main racing class on 380-520 meters. It is divided into:
    • Top Class (А1-А3) for the fastest dogs – around 61 km/h
    • Middle Сlass(А4-А6) for dogs running at a speed of 59-60 km/h
    • Low class(А7-А11) for animals running at a speed of about 58 km/h
  2. H и HS – races with obstacles on short or long tracks
  3. – sprint races 200-300 meters
  4. IT – for greyhounds from different canidromes
  5. M, S, E greyhound racing on a distance of 575 to 1080 meters, this is a class of long distances
  6. HP – racing with a handicap for slower greyhounds. It is carried out by approximating the starting point several meters closer to the finish line. For example, R2 denotes the movement of the cabin, from which the dog starts, at 2 meters.
  7. OR – show races
  8. – races for young participants
  9. – it is a competition between coaches where the results of the dogs of each coach influence the outcome of the tournament.
  10. – trial racing for beginners (as a rule). The letter T indicates the number of runners.
  11. A.G.S. races – these are the same classical races but they are held in the daytime (less often in the evening) due to the growing demand from betters.

The main bet types

  • Win – the simplest bet on the victory of a dog in a certain run
  • Show – bet that the dog will take one of the prize (1,2 or 3) positions in the run
  • Place only – greyhound will come either first or second
  • Lay – the participant will not be the first on the finish
  • Perfecta – a concurrent bet for two animals that must come first and second in the order you specify
  • Two twists – a bet that is similar to perfection, but you do not specify the precise positions of the winning dogs
  • Trifecta – bet on the exact sequence of finishing of three winners
  • Superfecta is similar to the trifecta but for four dogs respectively
  • Other bets – for the successive wins of one dog in two races, for the victory of one of the two specified dogs, etc.

Factors affecting the outcome of races

A serious approach to this kind of sport involves studying the previous results of each participant. Each animal has a different type of training. By winning sprint distances, a dog will not be able to adequately show itself at long distances. Some dogs get tired quickly and others warm up only after a few tracks. In addition, only the active participants of races show stable results, respectively, it is very difficult to predict the behavior on the track for the greyhounds who did not take part in races for a long time.
We also recommend you to consider that the weather contributes significantly to the outcome of the contests. For animals it is also important what position they start. For example, dogs who usually start from the first boxes will run on the inner circle of the track, and will interfere with other participants if they start running from last boxes. That’s why it’s so important to study each dog, its character and preferences. 

Peculiarities of dog racing
The advantage of racing between four-legged participants is that the competitions take place all year round. The shortcoming is a short-term pleasure – the gambling spectacle lasts only 4-10 minutes, which at the same time will appeal to impatient beaters, waiting first of all for the result of races and cash profit.
This kind of sports competition will become a major income item for those players who are ready to learn its rules and complicated nuances. It is the kind of sport where the result is worth the effort!

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