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For those of you who have no experience of greyhound racing, the sport is very simple and here is a brief description of how it works. Greyhounds are a specific type of dog that have been bred for speed. As dogs cannot be trained to race over specific distances by using their own intelligence (and because they are far too small to carry a jockey!), the dogs are trained to chase a lure around an oval circuit. This lure is often referred to as the hare, or less-commonly the rabbit. The sport is very popular with the betting-public.

Greyhound Racing Worldwide

Dog racing has also become popular in the United States of America, Spain, Mexico, Macau, Ireland and Australia. There are other nations where the sport has gained a foothold, but not really taken off as a betting spectacle.

The history of greyhound racing goes back to the days of coursing. The first races took place during the Victorian era, on a straight track which was built next to the Welsh Harp Reservoir. Straight tracks never really caught on and the hounds were soon being raced on oval circuits.

The first lures were used just before the outbreak of the First World War. Prior to this, real live rabbits were being used to make the dogs run at top speed.

The first professional dog-racing venue was opened in California and this paved the way for the emergence of parimutuel betting in America, during the 1930s. The first mechanical lures came to Great Britain in the 1920s and the Greyhound Racing Association was formed. Belle Vue Stadium was the venue for the first proper UK greyhound race meeting.

Further Information

British greyhound races involve six dogs and all start in stalls. At the front of each stall is a door with vertical bars, so that the dogs can see what is ahead of them. A bell sounds to indicate that the lure is moving and the stalls will open the moment the lure passes for the first time. The dogs will set off immediately, at top speed, although they will never catch the lure until the race has been run and they have crossed the finishing line.

You can make standard win bets on greyhound races, or back a dog each-way. Forecast and tricast betting is also very popular. Many punters like to make combination bets on greyhound fixtures, including Yankee and Lucky 15 wagers.

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