greyhound predictor

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10 - Racing Lines

In this section, I explain how a dog's racing line affects its performance and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different running routes.

Greyhound Racing Lines

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 positions can be simulated:

Rails - Greyhounds racing on the inside are known as 'railers' and always have the distinct advantage of running the shortest route around a circuit. Holding this rails position is extremely important as these "paint scrapers" frequently avoid trouble in a race by slipping through along this inner fence and hence benefit when other dogs are crowded or baulked to their outside. However, they can also be blocked behind a wall of dogs and may not always maintain their fastest speeds around the bends due to the acuteness of this particular running line!

Middle - All 'middle-trackers' are better placed to maintain their maximum speeds throughout a race. Although, they run a little further compared to railers and are often 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 inevitably benefit in races when trouble involves the inside dogs. However, 'wide runners' run further in distance compared to 'inside' and 'middle-runners' and generally lose a little ground around the bends!

Very Wide - Some greyhounds naturally run very wide! This is always thought 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 other runners 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 the hare is driven from the inside, with the lure suspended on a pole and dropped in-front of the greyhounds on a racing line approximately a metre and a half from the inside rail and therefore dogs tend to run closer to the rails.

Alternatively in the United Kingdom and Ireland races take place behind an outside hare, with the lure (windsock) driven around the outside perimeter, therefore dogs run more in the middle and wide areas. This is most noticeable watching greyhounds run out of the turns and race along the straights!

Now check 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 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:

  • Position at Entrance to Bend 1?
  • Position at Apex of Bend 1 and 2?
  • Position at Exit of Bend 2?
  • Position at end of Backstraight?
  • Position at Apex of Bend 3 and 4?
  • Position at Exit of Bend 4?
  • Position at Finishing line?

You've now completed all the data for Trap 1. If you've made any mistakes the 'Predictor' will let you go back and alter any race stat.

Now highlight Enter and Press Spacebar to load the dog into the traps.

Once you've repeated this precedure for all the remaining box runners, you will start to see the GREYHOUND PREDICTOR TRACK!

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