In this section, I explain how to find the racing line of a greyhound and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of certain running routes.
Greyhound Predictor v2.0 offers an amazing 16,384 individual race-lines!
You can select a Standard Racing Line or Define Your Own. All combinations of the following track racing positions can be simulated:
Rails - Dogs racing on the inside of a racetrack are known as 'railers' and have the distinct advantage of running the shortest route around a circuit. This rails position is extremely important as these "paint scrapers" frequently avoid trouble by slipping through along this inner route and hence benefit when other dogs are crowded or baulked to their outside. However, 'tight railers' can also find trouble and may not always maintain their fastest speeds around the bends due to the acuteness of this particular running line!
Middle - All 'middle-runners' are best placed to maintain their maximum speeds. Although, they run a little further compared to railers and are generally considered 'easy to pass' as they allow chasing dogs plenty of room to overtake them both on the inside or outside of the track!
Wide - Dogs running wide are usually favoured by wet racing conditions and will often benefit in races when trouble involves the inside dogs. However, "wide runners" run further in distance compared to 'inside' and 'middle-trackers' and generally lose a little ground around the bends!
Very Wide - Some greyhounds naturally run very wide! This is always considered an 'inferior racing-line' as they obviously lose many lengths around the corners and run much further in distance. However, very wide runners are also favoured by wet track conditions and nearly always avoid trouble by taking this extremely wide route, although occasionally they do end up racing on the wrong side of an outside hare rail!
All greyhounds chasing artificial hares will choose their own natural running paths depending on whether their following an inside or outside hare? In America, Australia and New Zealand an inside lure is generally used and therefore dogs tend to run much closer to the rails.
Alternatively in the United Kingdom, the vast majority of races take place behind an outside hare, therefore dogs run more in middle to wide areas. This is most noticeable watching greyhounds racing out of the turns and running along the straights!
Now check the formlines and read the race comments.
In English racing: Rails = rls, Rails to Middle = rls-mid, Middle to Rails = mid-rls, Middle = mid, Middle to Wide = mid-w, Wide = w, Very Wide = vw.
Now enter a Standard Racing Line or Define Own.
If you select a Standard Line the default racing line for each trap or post position will be highlighted on the Track Screen.
If you select to Define Your Own you may choose any combination of racing lines for each of the GP v2.0 Track Positions:
You have now completed all the data for Trap 1. If you have made any mistakes the 'Predictor' will let you go back and alter any racing statistics!
Now highlight Enter and Press Spacebar to load the dog into the traps. Once you have repeated this procedure for all the runners, you will see the GREYHOUND PREDICTOR TRACK!
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