A lot of handicappers put too much emphasis on post position when handicapping a race. I am not saying that post postion is not an important factor, it is, but the myth that a greyhound needs the one post if it likes the rail, or the eight post if it runs wide, is just that, a myth. If a greyhound likes to run the rail, the thing to look for is whether it is positioned to get to the rail early. One example would be if a speed dog draws the four or five post and the dogs in the 1, 2, and 3 post have little or no speed. This means that the dog is positioned well in the race to get to the rail. In addition, the odds will be better because the public thinks the dog wants the rail post and did not get it.
If a greyhound likes to run the rail, the thing to look for is whether it is positioned to get to the rail early.
The same can be said for a wide runner who draws the middle or inside. The main thing is whether the greyhound can get to their preferred position on the track, no matter the post. Another thing to consider, when playing a late speed hound, is whether the post is less important than the way the race sets up. It is favorable if there are a lot of speed dogs in the race because they run best on the lead, and only one will make the lead; therefore, the others who do not make it, will not be running as hard, making it easier for the late speed dog to make their way through the race.
Also, there are certain dogs who will only run hard on the lead and, when they get it, will not lose. The post is not important to these kind of greyhounds, just if the race sets up for them to get the lead. An an example of this was a greyhound many years ago named Pestered who, when he cleared on the lead, ran record fast times, and when he did not, he ran last. He had run last in about four straight races and then drew the five post in a race where he was the only early speed. I told a friend of mine, kiddingly, that the dog always won when he drew the five post, and he was going to win tonight because he had his favorite post. In reality, he had a great chance of winning because he was the only speed and would most likely make the lead. Turns out, he did win, by many lengths at a good price. My friend said, you were right, he loves the five hole, when in reality the post was not the reason. The next time “Pestered” drew the five post, he ran last because there was a lot of speed in the race and he could not make the lead. My friend lost some cash on that one, and I explained to him the real reason that he won from the five post the first time.
So, in conclusion, use the post position as a factor, but not just because they may draw the one or eight post.
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