A competitive sport, greyhound racing is as proving as lucrative an industry as it is a fun pastime.
The sport was first discovered in England by the nobility in the wealthy back in 1876 but the means, initially, was morally questionable. It was done in the form of coursing, which involved greyhounds pursuing hares as prey and the Hunting Act of 2004 put a stop to this.
Now, the most common and ethically sound form of the competition, which attracts the most greyhounds racing betting, is track racing, which tends to be done around an oval track.
This type uses an artificial lure which travels ahead of the dogs on a rail, until the greyhounds cross the finish line, to ensure that they stay on the track. Live greyhounds betting isn’t available in some countries, where it is purely a hobby for enjoyment.
However, in various countries including Spain, Australia, Mexico, America, Ireland and the UK, online greyhounds betting is available and very much part of the gambling industry, even if it doesn’t draw as much income as horse racing.
There are 23 licenced stadiums in Britain which offer greyhounds betting odds for potential customers. Back in 2007, total attendances from 5,750 meetings reached 3.2 million, while a gambling turnover was as high as £75,100,000, including online greyhounds betting.
As a result of this, some websites provide greyhounds betting tips which lists the ‘strike rate’ and ‘wins to runs’ of the trainers who will be contesting. Greyhounds names, which are consistently unusual and comical, provide a great source of amusement, especially when commentators use them when describing the latter stages of a race at high-speed.
A day at the greyhounds races gives punters a hugely entertaining afternoon – successful punters get the glory and those unsuccessful ain’t nothing but a hound dog.