Guest article written by Paul Micelli
While many sports betting enthusiasts continue to make a respectable profit from laying horses, the world of greyhound racing continues to be clouded by uncertainty and inexperience. The utilisation of successful horse racing systems have worked for many years on the UK’s main betting exchanges but can profits actually be gleaned from greyhound racing as well?
This particular system uses Betfair as a tool for one of the most profitable greyhound racing systems on the market. One of the greatest aspects of greyhound racing is that statistical data is easy to gather. Even a basic race card can carry a wealth of useful information and this can be used alongside a disciplined attitude and a few basic rules to help achieve worthwhile profits.
This particular system follows a logical path to build belief. If we look at football betting, most sports betting enthusiasts will make a selection based on the team that is likely to score more goals. By following a natural sequence of progression we can safely assume that the fastest greyhound in a race will be the most likely to go past the line in first place. As obvious as this information may seem it still manages to cause amazement that so many regular punters try to mist the waters of clarity by opting for favourite trap numbers or results from the previous race instead of using solid statistical information.
The system itself is utter simplicity and the information required can be gathered from race cards that are produced daily on internet betting sites including Betfair. By consulting the race card, it is easy to decipher the times that a greyhound ran to during previous races. Just as importantly, it becomes easier to pick out greyhounds that haven’t produced competitive times in recent events.
It is also important to look at the grade of the race in question and whether the greyhounds involved in the race are running to the same level. If a greyhound is moving up to a higher grade, the system will not work and that particular selection should be ignored. Once a series of candidates have been found, the simplicity of the system can be advanced by making it more applicable to a scientific strategy. In this instance, the system can be made more intricate by working out the average race times of individual greyhounds over the last 3 or 4 outings.
By doing this, we can obtain a more detailed picture of each greyhound involved in a race and their average potential in the grade that they are racing in. Because dog racing is full of uncertain factors such as barging, biting and distractions, it is better to build a more consistent picture of performance.
Once average times for each greyhound have been established, the next step is to make a final selection and you will want to use a bookmaker for this as the betting market at Betfair does not have enough liquidity to show an accurate odds-line for the runners. However Betfair can be ideal for your bets because of the better odds that are often available on the exchange market. By avoiding slower dogs with higher prices, most runners in a race can be easily eliminated to leave just one or two outstanding candidates.