Greyhound Habits v Competitor Habits

One of the most important aspects of being a successful greyhound punter is studying race replays, often the same race over and over again and studying each runner.

It can take thousands of replays to gain a feel for what the greyhounds habits are during a race and once this becomes second nature you will be able to read quite easily which greyhounds are suited to inside or outside draws.

you need to put the time in

Firstly, form guides can provide excellent data at greyhounds records from each box and by looking at these charts, such as “The Rocket Scientist” on the GRV website it can give you a guide on what draw that particular greyhound prefers. However, this should only be your starting point. Further analysis is required.

Again, race replays are your best friend in working out habits of greyhounds in race and what the greyhound does at box rise is key.

Does the greyhound step left, right or go straight out of the boxes when the lids open?

Does it fly the lids or usually take a step to get going and accelerate?

If you are going to stake a high amount on the race, you need to go through all eight greyhounds in the race and have all bases covered.

For instance, you may be keen to bet on Box 2. After analysing all eight runners, you have discovered that Box 1 is slow out of the boxes, Box 2 begins speedily and slightly heads left so he should find the rail easily. Box 3 and 4 step right out of the boxes and are hit or miss at box rise. With all this evidence you could establish that it is quite probable your greyhound should receive every chance of a clear run early.

Conversely, you may discover that the Greyhounds in Box 3 or 4 go hard left to the rail out of the boxes and may bump and cause interference to Box 2. All of a sudden it may become a no bet race.

after the start

The secondary aspect of greyhound habits is what they do during the run. This is just as important. Some greyhounds love to stick to the fence and go underneath greyhounds and will be stubborn in waiting for the run through along the rail. These are the sort of greyhounds that only become a betting commodity off Box 1 or 2 and a lay from wide draws.

There are also greyhounds that are wide runners and obviously are suited to Box 8. They also don’t rail underneath greyhounds, they run around them. When they get caught with greyhounds to their outside, they do not like it and if you look closely they will be trying to push off the track and will often check themselves and pull back to get to the outside.


Mapping a race takes time. You need to watch countless replays and document the preferences of each dog. Specifically, how they exit the box, who their neighbours are and where they like to be in the running.

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