In this section I discuss the maximum number of runners allowed in a race and importance of the trap draw when predicting races around the world. Also mentioned are the trap colours used in the GP v2.0 Software Program.
Greyhound Predictor v2.0 allows you to simulate races that include vacant traps!
This feature lets you take out non runners (n/r) and create your own greyhound trial sessions - grade T = trial, T2 = 2 dog trial etc, solo trial = 'solo'. American Raceform = (st). Australian form 'pt' = private trial or 'qt' = qualifying trial. All combinations of a maximum 8 dogs are available.
In the UK and Ireland races are limited to six dogs, with the exception being Towcester who reintroduced eight dog racing. Shawfield in Scotland still hold regular five dog races! In America and Australia the maximum number is eight, although in the past both nine and ten dog races were held.
In English graded racing the 'trap draw' is allocated by the racing manager. All inside runners will be issued with a 'rails tag' and will be seeded rails. An (R) written after a greyhound's name always indicates a railer. The first railer drawn out always occupies the first available inside trap position.
All middle trackers have the letter (M) after their name and will be given a 'middle tag' and seeded middle. Due to a change in the draw precedure, the first middle seed drawn out now occupies the first available position placed next to the nearest inside runner.
In UK form a (W) after a dog's name always indicates a wide runner and is given a 'wide tag' and seeded wide. The first wide seed drawn out always occupies the outside trap position. Only extremely rarely when six wides are in a final or a handicap race will a wide racer ever occupy the inside box.
The procedure for Open Race trap draws under the GBGB equal distribution rules, means that three seperate draws take place with railers drawn first, then middle trackers, then wide runners. The first railer drawn out goes in the inside box of Heat 1, the second in the inside box of Heat 2 etc.
Open race dogs when first trialed at a new track in preparation for a forthcoming event may occasionally alter their natural racing line. The trainer may then decide to ask the 'racing manager' to change their dog's seeding position. This will only be granted when it is genuinely believed the dog would perform better if allowed to start future races from a different trap position. I believe the general reasoning behind this is based purely in the 'interests of safety' as overall it promotes cleaner trouble free greyhound racing and thus encourages dogs to perform to their maximum capabilities.
Alternatively in America, Australia and New Zealand there is no race seeding! any runner can be drawn in any post position, no preferences are given and therefore "the luck of the box draw" will always play a leading role in determining results and is an important factor to take into consideration!
I suggest when using the PREDICTOR that you first conduct your own private trials in order to see how different 'trap positions' affect performances. Please note: The option to trial dogs and then 'RACE AGAIN' is only fully functional in the Full Registered Version.
It is generally thought when betting on races, that any dog drawn next to a 'vacant trap' has a "good draw" as theoretically with more 'racing room' they've a better chance of starting well in the early stages! Although, this will always depend on the 'individual make-up' of each particular race!
Now enter Runner or Vacant.
Since world governing bodies have their own respective colour code of dog jackets, rugs and blankets, there can often be a confusion identifying the runners when watching dog races on television or viewing via the Internet. This will exist until all greyhound jacket colours are one-day unified!
Here at Greyhound Predictor we found ourselves choosing our own race colours and wishing to appeal to all 'racing fans worldwide' we decided the following colours would hopefully be considered a fair choice:
GREYHOUND PREDICTOR TRAP COLOURS
Our reasons for selecting these colours were as follows: The first three traps: Red = T1, Blue = T2 and White = T3 just so happen to be the same colours used by the UK, Irish, European and American greyhound industries, and therefore the choice was simply made for us.
Choosing the next three colours was difficult, as each of the respective nations use different colours for each trap. After careful thought, we decided to stay with the GP v1.0 colours and use the European, British and Irish greyhound colours: Black = T4, Orange = T5, and Black / White stripes = T6.
The task of choosing the colour of Trap 7 was again made difficult, as all greyhound nations use different colours. However, it was decided to represent the American dog industry and use the colour of Green and White Stripes = T7.
Lastly, it was decided that Trap 8 should in fairness represent the Australian and New Zealand industries and therefore the famous Pink Jacket = T8.
AMERICAN GREYHOUND BLANKET COLORS
AUSTRALIAN DOG RUG COLOURS
EUROPEAN, IRISH & UK DOG JACKET COLOURS
NEW ZEALAND GREYHOUND RUG COLOURS
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