Your Greyhound's History

The information and links on this page are informative only.

There is no endorsement, expressed or implied, of the greyhound racing industry.

A good place to start is Greyhound Data. There are details of over 1.6m greyhound pedigrees that go back to the 1800s, and over 2.7m greyhound racing results; you can search races by name, stadia, time period, etc., and for dogs by colour, sex, age, and tattoos, and get statistics; the explanations below on how to read your dog's pedigree and race history are based on it.

Your dog's racing name this is the best thing to search on if you know it. If not the next best method is by their ear tattoos (our page on tattoos gives information about Irish and UK ear marks). This should mean you get straight to your dog and their pedigree and history. However the database does not have every dog, particularly if, like Monty, they never actually raced, and there are some errors, so double check – if it looks wrong check you have spelt the name and/or read the tattoos correctly; it's easy to make a mistake with tattoos (when Hooch came to stay we were told he was Rathoneen Dan, VX–HXI; he turned out to be Bankers Wish, VX–NXI). And there are dogs that have the same ear-marks, so if you are absolutely sure you have the right marks but get the wrong dog either the database contains an error or one of the dogs is a ringer (for example, Troy appears to share his ear marks with Banbury Slippy).

If your dog raced in the Republic of Ireland, another source of data is the Irish Greyhound Board – Bord na gCon; a commercial semi-state body responsible for the control and development of the greyhound industry in the Republic of Ireland. On their site you can search dogs by name to get details of the dog, its pedigree and litters, and search on races going back to around 1998.

Pedigree

Your dog's pedigree is shown as a family tree. The top branch is the male side – or sire line, the bottom is the female side – or dam line. Troy's pedigree is shown below with the two lines coloured and his double ancestors (explained below) highlighted.

Troy's pedigree
Troy's pedigree

Double Ancestory

It is not uncommon for the same dog to appear a number of times in the same and/or different generations of ancestory – this is called "double ancestory" (for example, Linda's Champion is Troy's great-great-grandfather and his great-great-great-grandfather in his sire line), or indeed on both sides of the family tree – called "cross-double" or "X-double ancestory" (for example, Sail On II is Troy's great-grandfather in his dam line and his great-great-great-grandfather in his sire line, and Sand Man is Troy's great-great-great-grandfather three times over – twice in his sire line and once in his dam line).

Other Information

You will also see the blood quota of double ancestors and X-double ancestors for five or twelve generations, a predigree analyses, and the offspring of your dogs dam.

Race History

The following data is typically given for a dog's race history:

Date
The date of the race.
Stadium
Where the race took place.
Distance
The distance of the race in metres and maybe yards.
Grade
The grade of the race. See below for an explanation of race grades.
Sometimes this is marked as a "Trial"; this is where the dog is run either by itself or with another dog for assesment of performance.
Dogs
The number of dogs in the race; usually 6 for UK and Irish races or 8 for US and Australian races.
Trap Number
Which trap the dog was in; 1 to 6 for UK and Irish races, 1 to 8 for US and Australian.
Trap 1 is the "inside" trap.
Stime
When the dog crossed the finishing line for the first time (not the end of the race).
Posts
The position of the dog at each bend; the first number is the first bend and so on.
Finish
Finishing position of the dog.
Comments
Comments about the dog's race. See below for what the abbreviations mean.
Points
Points the placing is worth.
SP
Starting Price; the betting odds for the dog in the race. An "F" denotes the dog was Favourite, a "J" that it was Joint favourite.
Weight
The dog's weight at the start of the race.
Winner
The name of the dog that won the race. For trials with two dogs the name of the other dog is given.
Winning Time
The winning time for the race.
Dog's Time
The finnishing time for this dog.

Grading

This information applies to UK and Irish races only; the US and Australia have different gradings.

Dogs and races are graded; races by distance, dogs by average speed over a distance.

Races

Races are graded by distance and designated by a letter as follows:

Sprint or Dash — (D)
These are anything less than the standard distance
Standard distance — (A)
These are usually the home straight plus one circuit of the track, making four bends in all.
Stayer's distance — (S)
Usually the back straight to the finishing line plus one circuit of the track, making six bends.
Marathon distance — (M)
These are races of 8 bends or more.
Hurdles — (H)
Hurdle races are usually run over the standard distance.

Note: Race grades do not define the actual distance; this depends on the circumference of the track itself, and that varies between stadia. For example, at Peterborough the standard race distance is 420 meters, while at Perry Bar (Birmingham) the same grade of race is 480 meters.

Dogs

Dogs are graded and given a number according to their average speed over a distance. The performance of dogs in graded races is analysed and can result in a dog being raised or lowered 1 or 2 grades.

Top Grade — (1 - 3)
Top grade dogs average 38-39 mph
Middle Grade — (4 - 6)
These dogs average 37-38 mph
Low Grade — (7 - 12)
Most dogs begin and/or end their racing career in these grades where the average speed is 35-37 mph

Putting the race and dog grades together you get to eaxctly what type of races your dog ran in; for example an A2 race was a graded race over the standard four bend distance for the second grade of dogs over that distance at that track.

Note that dogs can be graded differently for different distances; for example a dog that is fast over the standard distance but can not keep up the pace over longer distances could be both (say) an A1 and an S4.

There are also other types of races that can take place during a race meeting:

KC
Kennel Championships
KS
Kennel Sweepstakes
TC
Trainer's Championships
IT
Intertrack Racing
Hcp
Handicap Racing
QS
Where 2 or 3 semi-finals take place with the race final being held at the same meeting
OR
Open Races which, as the name suggests, are open to any dog that meets the race criteria. This is the upper tier of racing with prize money of anything up to £75,000. Greyhound trainers not attached to a track must always place their dogs in open races.

Comment Abbreviations

The comments in your dogs racing history look like double-dutch the first time you see them. Below are the explanations of what they mean.

They are also available as a PDF document which you can print and have handy when looking at your dog's racing history. Click here to download.

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  1. A
    always
    Aw
    away
    ALd
    always lead
    A2nd
    always second
    A3rd
    always third
    A4th
    always fourth
    A5th
    always fifth
    A6th
    always sixth
  2. b
    bitch
    Ba
    badly
    Bk
    black
    Blk
    baulked
    Blk1
    baulked 1st bend
    Blk2
    baulked 2nd bend
    Blk3
    baulked 3rd bend
    Blk4
    baulked 4th bend
    Blk5
    baulked 5th bend
    Blk6
    baulked 6th bend
    BlkBS
    baulked back straight
    BlkRi
    baulked on run in
    BlkRu
    baulked on run up
    Bmp
    bumped
    Bmp1
    bumped 1st bend
    Bmp2
    bumped 2nd bend
    Bmp3
    bumped 3rd bend
    Bmp4
    bumped 4th bend
    Bmp5
    bumped 5th bend
    Bmp6
    bumped 6th bend
    BmpBS
    bumped back straight
    BmpRi
    bumped on run in
    BmpRu
    bumped on run up
    Bnc
    bunched
    Bnd
    bend
    Brk
    break
    Btn
    beaten/beaten for
  3. C/fv
    co-fav
    Chl
    challenged
    Chl1
    challenged 1st bend
    Chl2
    challenged 2nd bend
    Chl3
    challenged 3rd bend
    Chl4
    challenged 4th bend
    Chl5
    challenged 5th bend
    Chl6
    challenged 6th bend
    ChlBS
    challenged back straight
    ChlRi
    challenged on run in
    ChlRu
    challenged on run up
    Ck
    checked
    Ck1
    checked 1st bend
    Ck2
    checked 2nd bend
    Ck3
    checked 3rd bend
    Ck4
    checked 4th bend
    Ck5
    checked 5th bend
    Ck6
    checked 6th bend
    CkNrL
    checked near line
    CmAg
    came again
    Crd
    crowded
    Crd1
    crowded 1st bend
    Crd2
    crowded 2nd bend
    Crd3
    crowded 3rd bend
    Crd4
    crowded 4th bend
    Crd5
    crowded 5th bend
    Crd6
    crowded 6th bend
    CrdRi
    crowded on run in
    CrdRu
    crowded on run up
    Crmp
    cramped
  4. D
    dog
    DH
    dead-heat
    dk
    dark
    DNF
    did not finish
    Dis
    distance
    Dsp
    disputed
    Dsp1
    disputed 1st bend
    Dsp2
    disputed 2nd bend
    Dsp3
    disputed 3rd bend
    Dsp4
    disputed 4th bend
    Dsp5
    disputed 5th bend
    Dsp6
    disputed 6th bend
    DspLd
    disputed lead
  5. E
    early
    EvAw
    even away
    EvCh
    every chance
  6. F
    fast
    FAw
    fast away
    Fawn
    Fawn
    Fd
    faded
    FdRi
    faded on run in
    Fell
    fell
    Fell1
    fell 1st bend
    Fell2
    fell 2nd bend
    Fell3
    fell 3rd bend
    Fell4
    fell 4th bend
    Fell5
    fell 5th bend
    Fell6
    fell 6th bend
    FelBS
    fell on back straight
    FelRi
    fell on run in
    FelRu
    fell on run up
    Fin
    finished
    FinWl
    finished well
    Fr
    from
    Fv
    favourite
  7. GR
    graded race
  8. H
    hurdle
    Hd
    head
    HldOn
    held on
  9. Imp
    impeded
    Imp1
    impeded 1st bend
    Imp2
    impeded 2nd bend
    Imp3
    impeded 3rd bend
    Imp4
    impeded 4th bend
    Imp5
    impeded 5th bend
    Imp6
    impeded 6th bend
    ImpBS
    impeded back straight
    ImpRi
    impeded on run in
    ImpRu
    impeded on run up
  10. J/fv
    joint-favourite
  11. KO
    knocked over
    KO1
    knocked over 1st bend
    KO2
    knocked over 2nd bend
    KO3
    knocked over 3rd bend
    KO4
    knocked over 4th bend
    KO5
    knocked over 5th bend
    KO6
    knocked over 6th bend
    KOBS
    knocked back straight
    KORi
    knocked on run in
    KORu
    knocked on run up
  12. Ld
    lead/led
    Ld1
    led 1st bend
    Ld2
    led 2nd bend
    Ld3
    led 3rd bend
    Ld4
    led 4th bend
    Ld5
    led 5th bend
    Ld6
    led 6th bend
    LdNrL
    led near line
    Lm
    lame
    Ln
    line
  13. M
    meter(s)
    Mid
    middle
    Msd
    missed
  14. N
    normal
    Nk
    neck
    Nv
    never
    NvShw
    never showed
  15. On
    on
    OR
    open race
    OPR
    open puppy race
    Outp
    outpaced
  16. P
    pace
  17. Q
    quick
    QAw
    quick away
  18. ReRn
    re-run
    R
    run-in
    RL
    rails/railed
    RL1
    railed 1st bend
    RL1&2
    railed 1st & 2nd bends
    RL2
    railed 2nd bend
    RL3
    railed 3rd bend
    RL3&4
    railed 3rd & 4th bends
    RL4
    railed 4th bend
    RL5
    railed 5th bend
    RL6
    railed 6th bend
    RlRi
    railed on run in
    RnOn
    ran on
    Ru
    run-up
    RnW
    ran wide
  19. SH
    short head
    Sl
    slow
    'SlAw, SAw' => 'slow away',
    Slp
    slipped
    Stb
    stumbled
    Stb1
    stumbled 1st Bend
    Stb2
    stumbled 2nd Bend
    Stb3
    stumbled 3rd Bend
    Stb4
    stumbled 4th Bend
    Stb5
    stumbled 5th Bend
    Stb6
    stumbled 6th Bend
    StbRi
    stumbled on run in
    StbRu
    stumbled on run up
    StbTp
    stumbled Traps
    StkRl
    struck rails
    Styd
    stayed
    StyOn
    stayed on
    StyWl
    stayed well
  20. TiT
    turned-in-traps
    Trec
    track record
  21. V
    very
    VW
    very wide
    VW1
    very wide 1st bend
    VW2
    very wide 2nd bend
    VW3
    very wide 3rd bend
    VW4
    very wide 4th bend
    VW5
    very wide 5th bend
    VW6
    very wide 6th bend
    VWBnd
    very wide bends
    VWRi
    very wide on run in
    VWRu
    very wide on run up
  22. W
    wide
    W1
    wide 1st bend
    W2
    wide 2nd bend
    W3
    wide 3rd bend
    W4
    wide 4th bend
    W5
    wide 5th bend
    W6
    wide 6th bend
    WBnds
    wide on bends
    WRi
    wide on run in
    WRu
    wide on run up
    Wll
    well
    Wvt
    weight variation trial

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