A Glossary for Greyhound Bets

Whether you're new to the track or a seasoned bettor looking to make the most of your English Greyhound Derby bets, understanding the lingo is key to enjoying the races and making informed bets.

A Glossary for Greyhound Bets
A Glossary for Greyhound Bets

Welcome to the exciting world of greyhound racing, a sport that combines speed, strategy, and, of course, a bit of luck!

Whether you're new to the track or a seasoned bettor looking to make the most of your English Greyhound Derby bets, understanding the lingo is key to enjoying the races and making informed bets. This glossary is your comprehensive guide to the terms and phrases you'll encounter in the world of UK greyhound bets.


  • Ante-Post: Betting on future races, often days or weeks before the event. These bets carry a higher risk because if your greyhound doesn't start, you generally lose your stake.


  • Box: The starting positions for greyhounds in a race, numbered from the inside to the outside. The draw can significantly impact the outcome, especially in shorter races.


  • Class: The grade of the race, indicating the level of competition. Higher-class races feature faster, more consistent greyhounds.
  • Course: The track or circuit where greyhound races are held, varying in length and surface type.


  • Distance: The length of the race, an essential factor in predicting outcomes, as some greyhounds perform better at specific distances.


  • Early Speed: A greyhound's ability to burst out of the box quickly and establish a good position early in the race. Often crucial in shorter races.


  • Favourite: The greyhound considered most likely to win, typically having the lowest odds.
  • Forecast: A bet predicting the first two greyhounds to finish, in the correct order. A variation, the reverse forecast, pays if your two picks finish in the top two, regardless of the order.


  • Going: The condition of the track surface, which can affect race outcomes. Conditions range from hard to soft, and adjustments might be made to race times based on this.


  • Handicap: Races where greyhounds start at different points or times based on their ability, aiming to even the playing field.
  • Heats: Preliminary races leading up to a final, with the top finishers advancing to the next stage.


  • Inside/Outside Trap: Refers to the position of the box relative to the rail; inside traps are closer, while outside traps are further away. The best position can depend on the course and the greyhound's racing style.


  • Juvenile: A race for younger greyhounds, often less experienced, which can make for unpredictable and exciting betting opportunities.


  • Lay: Betting against a greyhound to win, a concept popularised by betting exchanges. If the greyhound loses, you win the bet.


  • Maiden Race: A race for greyhounds that have never won a race. Winning a maiden race moves the greyhound up to open races.


  • Non-runner: A greyhound withdrawn before the race starts. Depending on the timing and the betting market, bets may be refunded or adjusted.


  • Odds-On: When a greyhound's odds are less than even money (e.g., 4/5), indicating a strong favourite.


  • Pari-Mutuel Betting: A form of betting where stakes are pooled, and the payout odds are determined by the amount of total money bet on each competitor, minus a management fee.


  • Qualifying Trial: A test run that a greyhound must complete satisfactorily before being allowed to race, ensuring it's trained and fit for competition.


  • Rails: The position closest to the inner edge of the track, often favoured in certain course layouts.
  • Reverse Forecast: A bet where you pick two greyhounds to finish first and second in either order.


  • Sprint: A short-distance race, typically showcasing greyhounds with fast starting speeds but potentially less stamina.


  • Traps: The starting mechanism that holds the greyhounds before the start of the race. The term also refers to the assigned starting positions, numbered from 1 to 6 or 8.


  • Underdog: A greyhound seen as unlikely to win, often with high odds. Betting on underdogs can offer significant returns but comes with higher risk.


  • Win: A straightforward bet on a greyhound to finish first. The most common type of bet in greyhound racing.


  • Yield: The return or payout you receive from a successful bet, often expressed as a percentage of the stake.

Understanding these terms will enhance your betting experience at the greyhound races.

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