The Week with The Professor: Grade Theory Q & A


Last time, The Professor discussed the influences of race distances on greyhound running styles, and gave us good tips to remember when handicapping.

We received a great question from Pete T. who asked, “I generally handicap by grade first, and I read somewhere that the higher the grade, the wider the ability gap between grades. For instance, according to this theory, it would be easier for a greyhound to move from D to C than from B to A. Do you agree with this theory, and if so, how does it affect your grade handicapping? Thanks!

Thanks for asking, Pete! Let’s check in with The Professor for his thoughts.

Good question! Pete, I do agree with this theory. I believe that the higher the grade, the more difficult it is for the greyhound to succeed in that higher grade.

The difference between grade D and C is not as large as the difference between grade B and A. You regularly see greyhounds moving from D to C and finding success, but less regularly doing well when going from C to B grades.

I have found that the biggest difference in talent and success is between grade B and grade A. Hounds that are solid in B struggle mightily when raised to A. The greyhounds that are what we call solid A dogs will consistently run in the money in that grade and usually win right away when they drop to B.

This is especially noticeable when a pup goes up the ladder quickly and then runs in grade A. It takes an exceptionally talented pup to succeed in A right away. It usually takes some time for them to adjust to the speed of those greyhounds.

I would say that this is a major factor when I handicap, and have made some nice scores by beating a hot pup who will always be overbet when reaching grade A.


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This Week with The Professor: Irish Racing


Last week, our friend David N. had a question about Irish greyhound racing:


Greyt question, David! Let’s see what The Professor has to say on the subject:

First, let me admit that I am not an expert on Irish racing but I will attempt to give you some information that may be helpful. There are several differences between American and Irish greyhound racing.

In the USA, we have 8 and 9 runners in a race. In Ireland, the maximum number of runners in a race is 6. In the USA, the post positions are determined by random draw. In Ireland, the dogs are seeded by running style. The inside runners are given inside posts and the wide runners are given outside posts. This is determined by the racing secretary.

The racing blankets are slightly different as well:

  • Trap 1 = Red with white numeral
  • Trap 2 = Blue with white numeral
  • Trap 3 = White with black numeral
  • Trap 4 = Black with white numeral
  • Trap 5 = Orange with black numeral
  • Trap 6 = Black & white stripes with red numeral

The kennel system is different as well. In the USA, each track will “book” or give a contract to a certain number of kennels to run greyhounds at that track. You must have a “booking” at that track to run greyhounds there. In Ireland, you must register your kennel with the Irish Racing Board, and you may run at any track that the greyhound qualifies for.

The grading systems are completely different. Rather than try to explain this, I’ve found the website for the Irish Greyhound Board, which has a lot of information to explain the Irish racing system. The Irish Greyhound Board‘s website will also help decipher the Irish racing programs as well, since they are also vastly different.

Thanks to David N. for this question! He has received a $2 credit to his Greyhound Channel wagering account.

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