In this section, I mention the distances used for dog racing in the United Kingdom & Ireland and explain how different prefixes identify each distance. Please see British & Irish Greyhound Track Race Lengths.
Greyhound Predictor Software v2.0 lets you predict 3 race lengths: 515 metres = 563 yards, 500 metres = 547 yards and 480 metres = 525 yards. When studying form, please select a race close to any of these distances to obtain the best predictions!
All race distances can be displayed in metres or yards by choosing Options from the Main Menu. Alternatively, you can pre-set your own distance measurements by finding the Configuration Utility on your computer: (Start - Programs - Greyhound Predictor v2.0 - Configuration) as the default mode of your choice, each time you start up Greyhound Predictor only then will these race settings be saved for you!
In the United Kingdom there are basically four types of distance. A raceform prefix (abbreviated letter) is always shown before the 'grade' to represent the distance of race: D = sprint races (2 bend racing), A = middle-distance races (4 bends), S = stayers races (6 bends) and E = marathon or extended races (8 bends or more). Please note: In Ireland racing prefixes are different ie: S = Sprint, A = Middle-Distance and D = Long Distance. Although 'prefixes' can vary from track to track!
Due this year to the closure of Wimbledon Stadium, Towcester Racecourse became the new hosts of the 2017 English Greyhound Derby and very successfully introduced the new modern-day derby distance of 500 metres / 547 yards approximately! The English St Leger has also been transferred to its new home of Perry Barr and will later this year be run over a new distance to be arranged.
The most common distance used for dog racing in England, Ireland & Scotland is 480 metres or 525 yards: Arc - (Swindon), Gold Cup - (Monmore), All England Cup - (Newcastle), Grand National - (Central Park), Irish Oaks and Gold Cup - (Shelbourne Park), Kirby Memorial - (Limerick), Laurels - (Curraheen Park), Produce Stakes - (Clonmel), Gold Cup - (Drumbo Park), Scottish Derby - (Shawfield) are all run over this standard trip.
One of the oldest 'sprint classics' is the Scurry Cup, first run at Clapton in 1928 over 400 yards until its closure in 1973. In 1974 it transferred to Slough over 434 metres / 475 yards and later in 1987 to Catford over 385 metres. In 2003/4 the race wasn't run until reinstated in 2005 at Perry Barr over 275 metres and then in 2009 the GRA (Greyhound Racing Association) transferred it to 'sister track' Belle Vue over 260 metres.
The Cesarewitch is another of the original classics, first held in 1928 at West Ham over 600 yards until in 1972 the event transferred to Belle Vue, Manchester over 880 yards, and was the first time a classic had been held in the North of England. In 1995 the GRA switched the venue to Catford over 715 metres / 782 yards untill in 2001 it was moved to Oxford until it's closure and then in 2012 to its current home at Henlow over 550 metres. The longest marathon race in England is the Ladbrokes 1048 held at Crayford over 1048 metres!
The Irish Greyhound Derby held at Shelbourne Park from 1932 has been run over a distance of 550 yards / 503 metres approximately since 1986. Interestingly, the Irish St Leger originally held at Celtic Park, Belfast in 1932 is today staged at Limerick over the same distance of 550 yards!
In Ireland the 'premier sprint' is the Irish Sprint Cup run over 400 yards at Dundalk, which succeeded the National Sprint run over 325y at Newbridge. Famous Irish 'staying races' include the "Ted Hegarty" Night of Stars Marathon run over 850 yards - (Shelbourne Park), The Corn Cuchulainn run over 750 yards and the historic Track Bookmakers Open Marathon previously staged over 1010 yards at the recently closed Harold's Cross. Although, perhaps the longest race in Ireland is the TBO Marathon held at Thurles over 1035 yards!
In the United States the most common distance used is 550 yards, although some parks display distances as fractions of a mile: 3/16 5/16 3/8 etc.
In Australia they use two race lengths: Sprint = all races up to and including 564 metres, and Distance = all races over 565 metres or further.
The positioning of the starting traps is very important as regular races take place where the runners are only afforded a 'short run' to the first corner. These races frequently result in 1st bend trouble, due to the distinct lack of 'racing room' and therefore will always be a little more difficult to predict!
The greyhound form statistic length of race? is found in the top right corner of each race heading.
Now select one of the 3 distances.
You have now completed all the RACE-SET-UP questions and will be asked to answer a further set of seven questions by again studying the form for each runner starting with trap one. Please select as before by highlighting any of the multiple choice answers and PRESS SPACEBAR to enter. Please note: race lengths, ages, weights and racetimes may require you to enter numerical answers by using the number digits on your keypad.
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