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There is no endorsement, expressed or implied, of the greyhound racing industry.
The following data is typically given for a dog's race history:
- The date of the race.
- Where the race took place.
- The distance of the race in metres and maybe yards.
- 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 assessment of performance.
- 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.
- When the dog crossed the finishing line for the first time (not the end of the race).
- The position of the dog at each bend; the first number is the first bend and so on.
- Finishing position of the dog.
- Comments about the dog's race. See below for what the abbreviations mean.
- Points the placing is worth.
- 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.
- The dog's weight at the start of the race.
- 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 finishing time for this dog.
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 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 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 exactly 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:
- Kennel Championships
- Kennel Sweepstakes
- Trainer's Championships
- Intertrack Racing
- Handicap Racing
- Where 2 or 3 semi‐finals take place with the race final being held at the same meeting
- 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. Trainers not attached to a track must always place their dogs in open races.
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.
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