https://everythinghorseuk.co.uk/the-sim ... nd-racing/The Similarities and Differences Between Horse and Greyhound Racing
Where would we be without horse and greyhound racing? Both are popular sports and provide gamblers with a never-ending stream of betting opportunities. What are the similarities and differences between these two sports? Some differences are easy to notice; you never see a greyhound with a jockey, of course, though they all have trainers. Other similarities and differences aren’t so clear.
It would be a bit silly to put an average horse in with a top-quality runner. Both of these sports divide their competitors into different levels of races. The lowest quality horses are in class 6, and if improving, they can go all the way to class 1. The very best horses run in Group 1, 2 and 3. An example of a Group 1 race in horse racing is the 2000 Guineas.
In greyhound racing, there is a number of grades that each dog fits into. These are A1 to A8, and the top greyhounds take part in open races. In both sports, the improving runners can go up in class/grade or, if in poor form go down a class/grade
There are a lot of betting opportunities available in both sports. You can place a variety of bets such as singles, accumulators and forecasts. Greyhound fans love betting on forecasts when attending a meeting.
Each race will have its own market with odds available for each runner. There is also ante-post betting available for future races. For example, you could bet on who will win the 2021 Grand National or the 2021 Irish Greyhound Derby months before they take place.
Both sports have times when stewards are required to decide a result or disqualify a runner. It’s more common in horse racing than greyhound racing, though.
If you want to get rich, then it’s much better to own a horse than a greyhound. The top horse races can see millions of pounds in prize money. The Dubai World Cup takes place on March 27 and has purse money of $12 million.
The Breeders’ Cup takes place in the USA, and each of the races has prize money of at least $1 million. Over the jumps, the Cheltenham Gold Cup has prize money of £625,000. Those are the top races, but even the winner of a lowly class 6 race in the UK can see over £1,000 for first.
In greyhound racing, the prizes are nowhere near as glamorous. The first prize can often be below £100; even A1 winners often receive between £150 and £200. The Greyhound Derby saw the winner get just £50,000. Compare that to the Epsom Derby winner in horse racing, where the 2020 winner received £850,650 with total prize money of £1.5 million.
A horse can often make more money at stud than they earned on the track. Successful horses can earn millions of pound as they hopefully help produce the stars of the future. The legendary Frankel has sired many winners, and it is rumoured that to hire him at stud costs £175,000.
For greyhounds, it’s a much lower figure, around £1,000 or less. Why? Well, look at the value of the races that the offspring can win—millions in horse racing, thousands in greyhound racing.
Number of Runners
Greyhound racing tends to have six runners in a race. Some tracks can take eight; others might just have five. In horse racing, there are much larger fields, with often over 20 taking part in a race. The Grand National has a maximum of 40 runners; there’s not quite room for that many greyhounds on a race track.
The difference in the number taking part affects the each-way betting possible. Whereas in horse racing, each-way betting usually concerns the first four competitors home, it is usually only the first two or three in greyhound racing.
In horse racing, a handicap sees runners of varying abilities face each other. The handicapper allocates each horse a weight. Therefore, an inferior horse may carry eight pounds less than a much better one. The weight received gives it a chance of winning.
There are handicaps in greyhound racing, but they are very different. The lowest quality dog is in trap 1. The other runners will be in traps a certain distance behind this runner. This time the handicapper doesn’t look at weights to even up the contest; they work out a distance.
It’s often a thrilling race as the best dog is in trap 6, right at the back. Can the greyhound get past the others and win the race?
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