Playing the Greyhounds – A Useful Guide for Beginners

Australian punters enjoy wagering on four-legged beasts. Of course, this is not in reference to horses alone. In fact, Australians are big fans of greyhound racing. For beginners who have never had the pleasure of attending greyhound dog races at one of the better tracks in Australia, it is for certain an exciting and enjoyable experience.

About the Dogs
Greyhounds as a breed were designed for speed. In open spaces greyhounds can reach up to 85 kilometers per hour. On the race track, they can reach speeds of up to 70 kilometers an hour within six short steps from the starting box and their agility allows them to negotiate tight turns without slowing down. Outside of the racetrack environment, greyhounds have a generally non-aggressive disposition and make for great pets, even after years of competitive racing.

Top Tracks In Australia
Throughout the country, there are greyhound racing facilities located in almost every major metropolitan area. The tracks range is status from “bush” tracks to the elite tracks, which offer high quality dog racing. Each province has its own governing body representing the greyhound racing industry. Some of the top tracks is Australia include (but not limited to) Angle Park (Adelaide), Wentworth Park (Sydney), Cannington Park (Perth), Albion Park in (Brisbane) and Sandown Park (Melbourne).

The Races
Each track is responsible for carding its own racing programs. Races are held during the day (matinees) and in the evening. Each card usually consists of 10-12 races ranging in distances of 320-366 meter for sprinters, 480-567 meters for standard racers and 613-823 meters for stayers. The purses are reflective of the grading assigned for each race, ranging from a low rating of A9 to a high rating of “open class” for the best dogs in training. These open races include graded handicap stakes races that form the feature events offered at the very best venues.

Betting the races
Most races have anywhere from 6-8 entrants. Wagers may be placed at the live track or with many of the top online sports books that are available to punters. Each track offers a comprehensive wagering menu that usually includes the following

  • Win – Your dog must win the race
  • Place – Your dog must finish in the top two
  • Each-Way – combined win/place in one bet
  • Quinella – You must pick the top two finishers in any order
  • Exacta – You must pick the top two finishers in the exact correct order
  • Trifecta – You must choose the top three finishers in the exact correct order
  • Doubles – you must select the winners of two consecutive races
  • Trebles – You must select the winners of three consecutive races
  • Quadrella – You must select the winners of four consecutive races

There are usually two forms of wagering offered. Parimutuel (Tote) wagering where all money is pooled and distributed to the winning tickets after certain takeouts, or fixed-odds wagering where the odds are set in stone between the bookmaker and the bettor.

Handicapping Dog Races
It takes years of hard work and practice in order to learn how effectively handicap dog races. For beginnings, each track offers for sale a form guide. Form Guides Australia provide wagering information and past performances to help players get a sense of what certain greyhounds are capable of doing. Through these form guides Australia, beginners can gain enough knowledge to play the greyhounds with some efficiency. If you are playing the dogs, you don’t want to do so without your form guide in hand.


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Pokie Games Possible for Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track



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


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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