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Greyhound Racing Odds & Betting – The Odds Manager Guide

The sport of greyhound racing dates back to the mid-1870s and man’s best friend represents a fast-paced pastime that still attracts plenty o’ punters.

If you’ve clocked a race on one of the big screens in the bookies and want a slice of the action, you’ve come to the right place!

Read on to find out more about how you can pocket a pretty penny on the pooches in the Odds Manager betting guide to greyhound racing.

What To Watch In 2021

2021 will be a busy old year on the Greyhound front (COVID permitting) – we’re all looking forward to some summer sun alongside the English Greyhound Derby in June and July.

The biggest event in UK Greyhound racing returns to Towcester this year and the final is scheduled for Saturday, July 10, with the winner set to collect a staggering £175,000… not to be barked at!

The Irish Greyhound Derby offers the winner a juicy €115,000 and the 2021 final will be on Saturday, September 19.

There are also several other big finals to enjoy over the next 12 months including the Golden Jacket at Crayford in February, the Scottish Derby at Shawfield in May, and the St Leger at Perry Barr in November.

Top Greyhound Racing Competitions

English Greyhound Derby

After two years at Nottingham, the Greyhound Derby will return to Towcester once more in 2021 with the winner taking home a very tasty £175,000, which can buy you a hell of a lot of dog chews, trust me.

Melbourne Cup

We head to sunnier climbs next for Australia’s biggest race of the year which takes place in November at Sandown Greyhound Club.

It is quite comfortably the most lucrative greyhound race on the global circuit with more than 600,000 Australian dollars split amongst the winners and best losers.

Irish Greyhound Derby

Ireland has a longstanding greyhound racing tradition and their pride and joy in the sport’s calendar year is the Irish Greyhound Derby that takes place at Dublin’s Shelbourne Park in mid-September, with nearly 150 dogs in action. 

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Greyhound Racing Odds – What To Bet On

Winner

A nice and simple one to get you out the starting traps – you are just betting on which dog will pass the finishing line first.

Each-Way

Like their equine counterparts, you can bet on your dog to “place”, which in a six-dog field, is usually in the top two.

As you are making a bet on the dog to either win or place, it will cost double the stake of a regular win bet. 

Forecast

This is a dabble on the first TWO dogs to finish, in a specified order. So, for example: Dog B to finish 1st, Dog A to finish 2nd

Reverse Forecast

Where this differs from a traditional forecast is its flexibility in the order of the dogs.

So, in our above example where Dog B had to finish 1st, Dog B could come 1st or 2nd, as long as Dog A finished somewhere in the top two as well.

This is essentially an each-way bet, so costs double what you would stake on a forecast.

Tricast 

If you’re feeling lucky and a forecast doesn’t quite do it for ya, you can have a go on the top THREE dogs to finish, in a specified order.

For example:

1st – Dog A

2nd – Dog C

3rd – Dog B

You can be rewarded with some pretty juicy odds in this market if you land a winner, but it’s harder than it looks…

Combination Tricast 

This is a tricast’s version of a reverse forecast, where you bet on three dogs to finish in the top three, in any order.

This is a combination of six bets, so requires a six-unit stake.

Live Betting On Greyhound Racing

Unfortunately, the fast nature of greyhound racing doesn’t lend itself well to in-play betting, but the sport does benefit from being one of the most accessible sports to stream on bookmaker sites.

If you have a funded betting account, you should have access to every day’s action. 

Odds Boosts

Punters can take advantage of some great enhanced odds and promotions for the biggest greyhound racing events on the calendar, but promos are a bit thin on the ground for the rest of the year, so make sure to be prudent with your odds boosts if you want some more bang for your buck. 

Greyhound Racing - FAQ

Anywhere that offers a solid range of bet boosts is probably the way to go here. The main three to keep in mind are William Hill, Unibet, and Ladbrokes.
One of the beauties of greyhound racing is the calendar is pretty much all year round, and with dozens of races a day, you’re never going to be short of action. Woof.
The greyhound circuit is dominated by a few big names, but the main ones to keep an eye out for in terms of reputation are Seamus Cahill, Mark Wallis, and John Mullins, who all have a long history of prize pooches.
You sure can! And the best thing is you don’t even need to leave your betting site to get all the action, as most bookies have streaming rights to all the races. Get in!