The racecard is jam-packed with gems of winner finding information and Darrell Williams is back with more handy hints to make it pay plus selections for Monday night's live RPGTV action and a word on the Golden Jacket, which starts on Tuesday...
"The Golden Jacket is a wide-open competition but there could be value in including a wide runner – just seven will go to the traps – in the ante post portfolio. Step forward Kentish Power......"
As touched upon last time, the 'official' racecard offers a stack of vital winner finding information - but for those looking for a 'quick fix' click on the 'greyhound form' tab at the top of every Betfair greyhound card and you're be greeted with a (hopefully!) simple to read guide to the next race.
Look out for the instant summary at the top of the page - with vital stats such as 'quickest break' and 'winners at the grade' while the Timeform 1-2-3 is another useful tool and it's there ready to use for every greyhound race!
Having loaded your racecard, now to try and pinpoint a few winners - or losers for the layers - but what should you be looking for?
Racecard a key ingredient to finding the winner
While a lot of form study comes down to personal preference - the early pace runner that is destined to get an uncontested lead, or the strong finisher in a race against speedier types - the key consideration in any race is to try and find the greyhound that will enjoy a clear run. That, of course, is easier said than done. Graded races are put together in such a way to ensure they are generally competitive and while Open races are more prone to offering the occasional dog that is 'plotted up' those golden opportunities are relatively few and far between.
Many serious players insist that viewing as many races as possible to get to know greyhounds' individual traits - what are its initial movements when the traps open being a key factor - far outweighs anything you can glean from reading a racecard - and they'd be absolutely right! But unless you are in the fortunate position of being able to watch a stack load of races and make scrupulous notes, for the more casual player the racecard must remain a key ingredient to winner finding. The lack of publicly available archive video of previous races is a particular bone of contention, although at least the races shown on RPGTV are freely available for race study.
Next time we'll investigate some of the key information you can glean from a spot of racecard reading.
This week's selections
Nottingham's live RPGTV card tonight throws up a few interesting runners, not least of all returning Yarmouth Derby winner Newinn Shadow (20:51). Charlie Lister's charge has an excellent record fresh - he's unraced since November - but just as importantly boasts a stunning five from six record over tonight's 480m trip at Colwick Park. Take the hint!
Calzaghe Bradley flew round in a Sheffield 660m maiden the other week and while touched off at Newcastle last time is hard to resist over the 680m trip on the same card (19:37). Expect to have to take a shade of odds-on however.
The Golden Jacket kicks off at Crayford tomorrow evening - live in the betting shops and on the Betfair greyhound live stream. Heroic Miss, put up here last time, was finding her feet on her first look at the track last week and should improve in her heat (19:38). It's a wide-open competition but there could be value in including a wide runner - just seven will go to the traps - in the ante post portfolio. Step forward Kentish Power (runs in heat three 19:23) who did nothing wrong in winning his trial stakes last week and looks ripe for an interest at [39.0]