Since publishing my ebook: The Two Trap Greyhound System, currently in its 5th edition. The question; how to win betting on greyhounds has been asked many times.
It’s my experience that Greyhound racing is overlooked by many bettors mainly because they don’t understand the sport. Or, maybe they have dabbled in the past and have lost their money. If you’re not sure about betting on greyhounds or you are a beginner, go and read my article on betting on greyhounds – a beginners guide.
Once you have read this article, you will have a better understanding of greyhound systems available to you. There are a number of ways you can win your greyhound bets. Like any sports betting strategy, it takes more than luck to win when betting on greyhounds.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best greyhound betting systems that will help you make money while having fun along the way. We’ll look at a variety of systems, from basic strategies to advanced ones, that require a deeper understanding of the sport.
I will be sharing with you 5 greyhound betting systems that win. Using these 5 greyhound systems, you can increase your chances of success Remember to use a good staking plan, bet wisely and be disciplined.
Table of Contents
System Number 1, Exchange Scalping.
It’s not easy to come up with a good profitable greyhound selection strategy if you rely only on backing just one greyhound in any one race. However, the concept behind greyhound betting is simple if you are following a proven strategy. Racing is frenetic, and the slightest bump or trip can change the race.
Backing more than one greyhound in a race increases your probability of winning. Depending on the country, there can never be more dogs running in a race than there are traps. In the UK, that’s a maximum of six dogs per race.
This simple strategy uses the lack of liquidity on betting exchanges to help improve your profits.
- Follow live race prices on a regular online bookmaker.
- Wait for the live prices to appear and make note of the three longest odds dogs
- Then go to your betting exchange site and back the 3 outsiders to win
- Carry this on until you win, then stop at a win!
For you reading this, this system probably sounds counterintuitive. But, historically statistics show that favorites win around 30% of the time. Which if you’re using this kind of strategy is good news.
MBT Sports Pro Tip:
If you want the return to be the same whichever outsider wins, use a dutching calculator to adjust the stake to ensure the same profit.
System number 2, Outsiders Exchange
Here’s a twist on system number 1, but it does need patience and some research.
Follow a race meet and if you can find a track where early races are won by dogs at odds of greater than 4 then you could back the 3 outsiders on the betting exchanges, where odds are usually better.
Check the results for a venue that has already run 2 or 3 races.
If you see an outsider or two winning in these early races, check the same venue again once the racing has finished seeing if the strategy would have won.
If you want to test this idea out historically, go to the results pages and choose some days at random to see if the venue has consistent long odds winners.
You will find that at some venues the front three favourites in the market tend to dominate throughout. So look for the race track that is the reverse of that.
System number 3, Arbitrage
Back and Lay arbitrage, when done correctly, removes the risk associated with traditional betting. When using a sports bet exchange back and lay arbitrage, all you need to do is spot an opportunity where the back odds and lay odds pricing move in your favor and then place your bets accordingly. By doing this, you can lock in a guaranteed profit.
There’s many articles on how to do this, just search arbitrage betting for more details.
MBT Sports Pro Tip:
Always make sure there is sufficient liquidity in the exchange market to cover your arbitrage bet.
System number 4, Lay it – To win it
You’ll need a betting exchange account for this one.
First of all go to the site’s greyhound form page for the next race.
Then remove any Trap number that is mentioned winning either at the race track, the distance or the grade of race.
Whatever is left lay the Trap with the lowest odds.
Always lay on odds below 4.0. You only need a hit rate of 75% to profit using this system.
To learn more about lay betting on greyhounds go and read my article on the best greyhound traps to lay
System number 5. The Two Trap Greyhound System
I couldn’t do a article about greyhound betting systems that win, if I didn’t include my own ebook and training videos called; The Two Trap Greyhound System.
The Two Trap Greyhound System offers you the opportunity to see regular profits from backing greyhounds, and historically has thrown up the occasional long odds winners.
You can invest in the book but ideally, by subscribing as a member of MBT Sports, you’ll get access to the training, the MBT Sports calculator and access to the research done for you greyhound racing alert service.
As well as the greyhound system, you’ll also gain access to other sports betting strategies including football, horse racing, tennis and golf.
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Frequently Asked Questions On How to Win Betting on Greyhounds
Is Greyhound Betting Worth IT?
I have been asked this question many times, and in my opinion the answer is yes. Whilst greyhound betting won’t necessarily make you rich, it will add to your sports trading arsenal. Greyhound betting is much more exposed to liquidy in the market, especially if you’re lay trading. To get a more detailed answer on this question head over to my article; Greyhound Betting: Is It Worth It?
What Number Wins Most in Greyhounds?
This is a big question! To be honest it’s probably an incomplete question really, or at least it should be asked in context. You probably should ask; what number wins most at a greyhound racetrack? Why this question?
For clarity what we mean by number we can refer to as the Trap or Box number. In the UK there are only 6 traps, numbered 1 to 6. In the US and Australia it’s typically 8 boxes, numbered 1 to 8.
Being able to identify which trap wins most often at a greyhound track is at the core of my system; The Two Trap Greyhound System. But you don’t have to invest in my book to take advantage of knowing the importance of trap, or box, draws.
Typically, the trap draw will influence how a greyhound will run in any given race. You can make a huge difference to how often you successfully win your greyhound bets. If you understand how each trap, or box, can affect a greyhound, and which greyhounds perform at their best depending on the trap number they are drawn in.
I’ll give you an overview of the 8 box set up below. This is useful for Australia and the US. If you’re betting on UK and Irish race tracks where there are 6 Traps, this analysis is still valid, just reframe the middle 4 boxes.
It’s fair to say that, in general, Trap 1 will throw up more winners than any other trap. But that’s not helping if you want to increase the probability of you picking more winners at a particular racetrack.
A greyhound that prefers the rails and has good form and is a fast starter has a great chance of winning the race. You can check for this information on the form card and race reviews. A big advantage of Box 1 is it’s the inside Trap. So the Trap 1 dog does not have to jostle with any other greyhounds on the inside. If the greyhound gets a good start and has first access to the rails running into the first corner, the dog has a good opportunity to leave the pack behind.
In Trap 1 the dog also misses any interference that could come from bunching just after the start when dogs in the outer boxes, who are ‘railers’, try to head across to the inside or ‘wide runners’ try to veer out.
When you’ve watched a lot of races, as I have, you’ll see that in many races the leading two or three dogs will move off the track when they hit the first turn. This leaves space for the Box 1 dog to run on in the rails.
MBT Sports Pro Tip:
When checking the form of a dog drawn in Trap 1, look for these points:
- Is it a good starter?
- Is it a confirmed ‘railer’?
- Has it won previously from Box 1?
- Has it got early speed and do you think, based on the other runners, it can lead to the first turn?
- Has it won over the distance of the race in a similar class event before?
If your analysis shows the answer to all these five questions is YES then the probability of a winning bet is very good.
Trap 1 can also be suited to greyhounds that prefer the outside or wider rails. This is because if they are quick starters they can pull away from the pack and still head to their preferred run.
If your analysis of a race concludes Trap 1 is your dog, and this is confirmed by the bookmaker odds making the Box 1 greyhound the favorite. Even better.
This is similar to Trap 1. A good starter in Box 2 should have a near equal chance to get to the first turn if it has the pace and can shoot out the box from the start. However, as it’s in Box 2, it does have that one rails dog on its inside.So it might be squeezed soon after the start.
Statistically the middle boxes don’t throw out so many winners. Railers or wide numbers perform much better across almost all race tracks. The only time that middle boxes have a fair chance is when the race is longer and the greyhounds form suggests they are better suited to the middle, the distance and have won from there in the past.
You probably think Trap 4 would be like Box 3? But surprisingly at most tracks it isn’t.
If you have a fast starter in Trap 4 then you are well in with a good chance of avoiding trouble. Oftentimes the middle dogs get space to settle down cleanly because of the jostling that occurs with the dogs on the inside or outside.
Obviously don’t take chances with Trap 4 greyhounds, back only good starters in Box 4. Slow start dogs will often find their path blocked by faster dogs or get caught up in the jostling as the dogs look for the favorite place on the track.
BOX 5 & 6 (of 8) or Trap 5 (of 6)
I regard 5 and 6 as the worst in an 8-dog event, similarly Trap 5 in a 6-dog race. Statistically this is proven right. Dogs starting from these boxes need a lot more going for them than the other runners.
They are subject to all sorts of challenges. Once again, they will have to be really fast starters if they are to overcome the natural disadvantages. If you fancy a greyhound running in these boxes make sure you have carefully examined the form and the racing tendencies of all the other dogs. That way you’ll have a good idea if they are capable of winning despite the handicap of the bad box.
MBT Sports Pro Tip:
You may find that favorites drawn in these unfancied boxes are a good prospect for a lay the favorite trade. So many top class greyhounds are beaten when starting from these middle boxes. There are so many things that can happen to upset their chances that you have the percentages stacked in your favor when laying. Especially where the odds are very short and therefore your lay liability is low.
BOX 7 in a 8-dog
This is a good box if your dog can break fast and prefers to run wide.
It’s a terrible box for slow starters, unless it’s a long distance race and the dog is more suited to the longer distance. Be careful though as a slow start can mean the dog may not see the hare and so loses motivation to chase.
BOX 8 in a 8-dog and Trap 6 in a 6-dog
The very outside trap, or box, is the 3rd best box in greyhound racing, the best 2 being Nos. 1 and 2. From the very outside, a dog can avoid the squeezes and jostling. This is especially true if it’s a fast starter and can find its preferred run to the first turn.
Wide runners are naturally suited to the outside Trap. Their tendency to stay wide will keep them clear of the other dogs. And when they make the first turn they tend to take a path wide out, thus missing any trouble.
Even a dog that is a good ‘railer’, and is a fast starter can often win the race from the outside Trap. Remember this when looking at favorites in Trap 1 and 2.
How Often Do Greyhound Favourites Win?
As part of my research for my system; The Two Trap Greyhound System, available as an ebook. As well as my ongoing research for the service; Research Done For You, inside our MBT Sports members area, historical statistics help to answer this question.
In an involving sport, chance always plays a part in the outcome. Nevertheless, there are some elements that give greyhounds an advantage over other sports, allowing them to win more frequently than others.
These include the dog’s pedigree, being well trained and conditioned for the race ahead of time, as well as having experienced handlers who know where to properly position the dog in the order for maximum speed and efficiency.
And of course, not forgetting form. Statistically though it’s been seen that, as an average, across all tracks, that favorites win around 30% of the time. Which if you’re using a lay strategy is great news! But not so good if you prefer to back your selections.
If you use the MBT Sports Pro Tips in the previous answers above, you can certainly give your selections an edge and maybe improve on your own favorite win ratio, well above 30%.
How Do You Bet on Greyhound Racing?
This may seem obvious but, the best way to bet on greyhounds is to know what you are doing. Although betting on greyhound racing seems simple, there are a few things you have to be aware of before you start to bet on dog races and expect to win.
I am not covering staking plans here, that’s for another time. Here I just look to answer the question; how do you bet on greyhound racing? By the how, I don’t mean the actual physical act of placing a bet, but more the different ways in which you can place bets or trades on greyhound races.
The different types of bets;
The types of bets in Greyhound Racing are very similar to those you will find in horse racing, here are the most common bet types in dog racing:
- Win Bet – This is the simplest of all bets: you are backing the greyhound to win the race. Based on your analysis of the form of the dogs in the race. Your bet is going to win only if the dog you backed wins the race.
- Place – A place bet is won when the dog wins, finishes second in the race.
- Show – The selected greyhound must finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd for this type of bet to win.
- Each Way – Any bettor should know this, but just in case you are completely new to betting. Each way is a combined bet: half of the stake goes on the dog to win, and the other half goes on your selection to place, meaning that he should finish in the top 2. This may vary depending on the number of runners and the bookmaker’s rules. This type of bet is usually used on underdogs and not favorites. Underdogs have longer odds, but coming second as an each way with long odds can prove more profitable than backing a low price favorite.
- Straight Forecast / Exacta – This bet requires you to pick the top two greyhounds to finish 1st and 2nd in the exact finishing order. It is a risky bet that comes with long odds.
- Reverse Forecast – This bet allows you to win if you pick the top two dogs in either order. Your stake is halved as it is split across two straight forecast bets: half stake on each of the two likely outcomes.
- Tricast / Trifecta – This bet is similar to the Straight Forecast, but this bet means you have to predict the finishing order of the first 3 greyhounds in the exact order.
- Combination Tricast – Similar bet to the reverse forecast but with the three dogs finishing in the top 3 in any order.
MBT Sports Pro Tips:
Some form guide to watch for:
Remember to take into account all the important factors regarding box/trap draws, fitness, form, early speed, and late finishing ability.
Watch for a greyhound that has been dropped down in grade. The dog may have poor form because he has been racing against much stronger greyhounds. When a dog is downgraded back in class, it means he has a much better chance. For example, when in the higher grade it was beaten for pace to the first turn, in this lower grade he probably has enough early speed to be challenging for the lead coming into the first bend.
Or the dog may be a late speed dog but could not produce the finishing spurt needed in the higher grade races, but now, in the lower class race it will be able to finish over the top of the other dogs.
Consider the weight of the dogs, avoid the ‘lightest’ dog. Most often this is a younger dog or a female greyhound (bitch). If you see this scenario then check out the dogs around the lightest dog. If they are much heavier this could prove to be a disadvantage to the lighter dog. Unless it’s a speedy starter and is likely to be away from the crowd by the first turn.
Above all, Senior Citizens can take advantage of Greyhound Betting Systems because its proven to be faster and easier to bet on.
I hope this article has inspired you to look into Greyhound Racing as another strategy for betting. Also, remember you should always have a good staking plan,which you can find here.
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