Greyhound racing history has its roots deep in ancient history. A discovery of painting and a plethora of Murals predating four millennia are a true testament that a dog bred for its speed is as old as mankind is. Right from the ages of our ancestors (given the evidence by paintings) the greyhound was originally a hunting dog and held in high esteem. Moreover, Pharaohs rated these racing dogs first of all animals and their slaves.
History reveals that ancient Egyptians admired the greyhound’s speed and physical attributes, making it the only animal permitted to ride on camels and share their tents. In the ancient Arabic culture, the birth of a racing dog was crucial coming second only to the birth of a son.
Records show that the Greyhound made its debut in England some 3500 years ago. The era of Queen Elizabeth 1 saw her initiate the first formal rules of greyhound coursing. The rules we set in the 16th century and dog racing was introduced to the public as “The Sport of Queens”.
The late 1800s is when the immigration to America was rife, and the Greyhound also found its way to the New World. Soon after Greyhound coursing events followed. But as we know today Greyhound racing began in 1912.
1912 is the year that Owen Patrick Smith developed/invented the mechanical lure. Owen’s invention preceded the creation of a circular track. The first ever circular path began operations in 1919 in Emeryville California.
The Popularity of Dog Racing In Australia
Australians love Greyhound racing as a sport. Moreover we are a people that love to gamble. Our love for this game has seen the number of racing events increasing annually. There are now over forty-thousand races, three-hundred, thousand dogs running on tracks across the Australian continent every year.
The free bet and free bet offers now wager a staggering $4 billion annually on Greyhound racing. In essence the prize money has skyrocketed and now the sport is currently riding a wave of renewed popularity.
Australian Greyhound racing game has a busy calendar. The game is so popular in Aussie that there are literary meetings to structure the number of groups and race events that will take place at different seasons.
Side note: One of the reasons why Greyhound racing is so big in Australia is the fact that the payouts are quicker when related to other similar sports such as Horse Racing and Harness Racing.
The Gambling That Goes On In This Event
As you might expect greyhound race betting has its loyal following that is getting bigger by every match. Bookies offering free bets are alike to horse racing. Free bet offers are designed to attract new punters as there is less risk involved when wagering money. Below we take you through a few types of betting offers:
Win Betting: An essential and popular bet. The perfect beginners’ chance offer. The bet is placed on which dog wins in a given race.
Place Betting: bettors’ place bets on a single dog either on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd positions. The betting odds are shorter than the odds of those that bet on the winning offer.
Each Way Betting: The combination of a place bet and a win bet. The combination also pays as two bets. Case in point; if your select dog wins the race; you gain from the win and place dividend. However, if your selection only places, you collect winnings from the place bet alone.
Quinella: The event is a selection of two dogs that will finish in the 1st and 2nd positions in a race in whichever order. A box Quinella, on the other hand, is an option where two dogs can be selected in a race. The rule is, however, active as long as the two dogs occupy the two top positions in the race.
Greyhound racing in Australia is a sport that has gained a lot of traction. People love seeing dogs bred for racing outdo each other on the track. People are also enthusiastic about the game because it’s a betting sport where they stand to make money when they make the right bet!
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Government leaders from Bonita Springs, Florida are traveling to the state capitol in Tallahassee to try and convince legislators there to allow pokie games at the popular Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track. There has not been much progress made in advancing the idea since talks about the topic were first launched in 2012. Some say that promises made by Florida’s former Governor, Charlie Christ, has caused years of delay. But Bonita Spring officials are hopeful that current Governor Rick Scott will support their cause and successfully negotiate the right deal with the Seminole Indian Tribe. The Seminoles by Florida law currently hold all rights to pokie game play
within the state.
But the economic stakes are high when it comes to introducing pokie games at the Greyhound Track, a major tourist attraction that features greyhound racing, poker, horse wagering and a year-round calendar of special events. The City of Bonita Springs would be in line to receive a revenue of as much as one million dollars the first year that pokie play is in place, with annual revenues expected to exceed that amount in subsequent years. Many visitors to the Track complain that it is the only major entertainment venue on Florida’s west coast that doesn’t offer pokies. If Governor Scott is successful at brokering a deal to bring pokies to the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, in addition to much needed revenue for city coffers, it would also bring an estimated 500 additional jobs into Lee County.
Although discussions began two years ago, progress on the issue has been agonizingly slow. But the City Manager of Bonita Springs and his colleagues say they have no intention of giving up. They are frustrated that quicker action hasn’t resulted from talks that began initially in 2012, but since government factions are involved, it’s little wonder that it is taking as long as it is. But officials are hopeful that a yes decision on introducing pokie games to the entertainment line-up at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track could come about within 12 months time. Gamblers at the Track who are regular visitors are keeping their fingers crossed and betting that Bonita Spring officials have luck on their side when a final decision regarding the introduction of pokies is made.
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Catch The Bunny Syndicates aims to bring people together through greyhound syndications all over Australia. Our aim is to syndicate dogs in all states giving all members of Catch The Bunny the chance to live out their dream of being a race winning owner.
If you have ever wanted to own a greyhound but thought it would be too expensive then this is the site for you. Syndication groups run through Catch The Bunny can have as little as 5 members all the way up to 18 members. You will be able to purchase share values ranging from 5% all the way up to 20%.
Our main syndication avenue will be the purchasing of pups. Nothing is guaranteed in greyhound racing and not all pups make it to the track but when a pup is bought you have all the optimism that “MAYBE, JUST MAYBE” yours will be “THE ONE”. There is the enjoyment of seeing the pup grow and develop as well as being broken in and trialled.
Catch The Bunny will also syndicate a select group of racing greyhounds too. With help from selected, well respected trainers we will buy dogs that have had races and have scope for improvement. This way the syndicate members already know they will get to see their greyhound race and with a great trainer behind the scenes the dog should win its fair share of races.
Catch The Bunny Syndicates will keep syndications up to speed on their greyhounds with regular reports from breeders and trainers as well as regular photos.
Syndications are all about meeting people and having fun. There will be selected event days organised for syndicate members including days at the races. We also recommend that if possible you go to see your pup as they are growing up so you feel more involved. We have added some great features to the site which will make it more interactive for our members. To access these features just REGISTER as a Catch The Bunny Syndicates member. SIGN UP is FREE and once you have signed up you can get to know fellow members in the FORUM area. There are also POLLS and COMPETITIONS on the Catch The Bunny site for you to take advantage of.
So take the plunge and GET ON THAT BUNNY!!!
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