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3 - Race Lengths

In this section, I mention the dog racing distances used in the United Kingdom & Ireland and explain how different prefixes identify each distance. Please see British & Irish Greyhound Track Race Lengths.

Greyhound Race Distances

Greyhound Predictor Software v2.0 lets you predict 3 race lengths: 515 metres = 563 yards, 500 metres = 547 yards and 480 metres = 525 yards. When studying form, please select a race close to any of these distances to obtain the best predictions!

All race lengths can be displayed in metres or yards by choosing Options from the Main Menu. Alternatively, you can pre-set your own distance measurements by finding the Configuration Utility on your computer: (Start - Programs - Greyhound Predictor v2.0 - Configuration) as the default mode of your choice, each time you start up Greyhound Predictor only then will these race settings be saved for you!

In the United Kingdom there are basically four types of distance. A raceform prefix (abbreviated letter) is always shown before the 'grade' to represent the distance of race: D = sprint races (2 bend racing), A = middle-distance races (4 bends), S = stayers races (6 bends) and E = marathon or extended races (8 bends or more). Please note: In Ireland racing prefixes are different ie: S = Sprint, A = Middle-Distance and D = Long Distance. Although 'prefixes' can vary from track to track!

The most common distance used for racing in England, Ireland & Scotland is 480 metres or 525 yards: Arc - (Swindon), Gold Cup - (Monmore), All England Cup - (Newcastle), Grand National - (Central Park), Irish Oaks and Gold Cup - (Shelbourne Park), Kirby Memorial - (Limerick), Laurels - (Curraheen Park), Produce Stakes - (Clonmel), Gold Cup - (Drumbo Park), Scottish Derby - (Shawfield) are all run over this standard trip.

In 2017 Towcester became the new hosts of the English Greyhound Derby and introduced the modern-day derby distance of 500 metres / 547 yards. The St Leger was also transferred from Wimbledon to its new home of Perry Barr and run over 710 metres.

One of the oldest 'sprint classics' is the Scurry Cup, first run at Clapton in 1928 over 400 yards until its closure in 1973. In 1974 it transferred to Slough over 434 metres / 475 yards and later in 1987 to Catford over 385 metres. In 2003/4 the race wasn't run until reinstated in 2005 at Perry Barr over 275 metres, until in 2009 the GRA (Greyhound Racing Association) transferred it to 'sister track' Belle Vue over 260 metres.

The Cesarewitch is another of the original classics, first held in 1928 at West Ham over 600 yards until in 1972 the event transferred to Belle Vue, Manchester over 880 yards, and was the first time a classic had been held in the North of England. In 1995 the GRA switched the venue to Catford over 718 metres / 785 yards untill in 2001 it was moved to Oxford until it's closure and then in 2012 to its current home at Henlow over 550 metres. The longest marathon race in England is the Ladbrokes 1048 held at Crayford over 1048 metres!

The Irish Greyhound Derby held at Shelbourne Park from 1932 has been run over the distance of 550 yards / 503 metres approximately since 1986. Interestingly, the Irish St Leger originally held at Celtic Park, Belfast in 1932 is today staged at Limerick over the same distance of 550 yards!

In Ireland the 'premier sprint' is the Irish Sprint Cup run over 400 yards at Dundalk, which succeeded the National Sprint run over 325y at Newbridge. Famous 'staying races' include the Best Car Parks Marathon run over 1025 yards and Night of Stars Marathon over 850 yards - (Shelbourne Park), The Corn Cuchulainn run over 750 yards and the historic "Ted Hegarty" Track Bookmakers Open Marathon previously staged at Harolds Cross. Although, perhaps the longest race in Ireland is the TBO Marathon held at Thurles over 1035 yards!

In the USA most parks will display race distances as fractions of a mile: 990 feet = 3/16th mile, 1320 feet = Quarter mile, 1485 feet = Futurity course, 1650 feet = 5/16th mile, 1980 feet = 3/8th mile, 2310 feet = 7/16th mile, 2640 feet = half mile, 2970 feet = 9/16th mile, etc.

In Australia only two race categories are used: Sprint = all races up to and including 564 metres, and Distance = all races over 565 metres or further.

The positioning of the starting traps is very important as regular races take place where runners are only afforded a 'short run' to the first corner. These races frequently result in 1st bend trouble due to the distinct lack of 'racing room' and therefore are always a little more difficult to predict!

The greyhound form statistic length of race? is found at the top of each race heading.

Now select and enter any of the 3 distances supplied.

You have now completed all the RACE-SET-UP questions and will be asked to answer a further set of seven questions by again studying the form for each runner starting with trap one. Please select as before by highlighting any of the multiple choice answers and PRESS SPACEBAR to enter. Please note: race lengths, ages, weights and racetimes may require you to enter numerical answers by using the number digits on your keypad.

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