There are a myriad of factors that should be considered when attempting to identify winners in greyhound racing. For clarity I will break them down into sub-sections.


This is the first consideration. What we mean by drainage are the traps the greyhounds run from. The racing manager – or the handicapper – is the person who decides, based on previous runs, the trap from which a greyhound will start.

Has he or she got it right and the Greyhound will get a clear run?

Finding the Leader

It is evident that if we can find the leader we are half way to back a winner. Compare split times of runners. Consider the general level of early-speed. Do not be hoodwinked by a quick sectional system against others who are constantly slower.

The Class

This is the assessment of the racing manager of any particular greyhound “class” at any time.

A typical qualifying system would be to give a prefix for a particular distance, for example, a race of 475 meters in Walthamstow has a prefix of A and 640 meters a prefix of S. The letter is followed by a number that gives the degree, or The class, of the race. An A9 event would be the lowest, for example and an A1 the highest.

Greyhounds will move within these parameters depending on their performances. As they do so it will become obvious that some greyhound tends to win at certain levels.After a period of time they will place in a regular competition pattern with two or their degrees (eg A1-A3). You will notice dogs regularly gaining a level but fighting when raised in class.


Look out for dogs running over a distance that is clearly wrong for them. It might be a dog staying strongly over 475 meters in Walthamstow. He or she may be worth an investment when he was given a 640-meter race over view.

On the flip side, a dog not getting home over 640 meters might well pay dividends to follow over 475 meters.


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