There’s a reason why it’s one of the most beloved and quoted lines from Star Wars. Being able to spot a trap before it’s too late is priceless. Before you yell, “It’s a trap!” we’ve asked The Professor for some pointers on how to best avoid common greyhound racing traps. What is an example of a common trap and what can we do to avoid it? Help us, Professor, you’re our only hope!
Common “traps” are things which at first glance may appear to be a major factor or good bets, but are really not. Today we are going to discuss the #1 post “trap.” Just because a greyhound draws the one post does not mean that it is a good thing, or a good bet.
Some of the reasons for this are:
• They may be intimidated by the rail and prefer to initiate their run from the middle outside, even if they are inside runners.
• They may be midtrack or wide runners with average early speed and will be trapped inside for the run to the turn by quicker hounds.
• The one post is always overbet and rarely a good value, especially for finishers, as the post for these type of runners is not really a major factor.
The best barometer for whether or not any of these factors are true is to go back on the dog’s history and see what their record is from the one post position. Do some research as to whether the hound will like the post and your efforts will reward you.
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