Greyhound Racing Grading & Its Impact On Greyhound Betting & Wagering Turnover


A valued correspondent, Patti Ladd, wrote in to ask “In Victoria we appear to have at the very least one third of all races with sizzling favourites of even cash or much less due to a poor grading system and so what influence will this have on wagering?”

This poses two query and reply prospects. First, completely there are many short-priced favourites going round however not often can they justify that score. Few really win as a result of they only don’t have the shape or the flexibility to do it. One in every of tons of of examples was a canine that went out at $1.30 the opposite day after successful three of 17 races. Even on easy arithmetic, and no matter its opposition, its field or its leaping skill, that value was ridiculous. It ran fifth and it has many mates.

Second, to correctly analyse betting patterns is close to inconceivable as of late as a result of (a) small Tote swimming pools, (b) the unknown contribution of company bookies, and (c) the absence of first rate info from state authorities about how a lot money we’re receiving and who’s offering it.

Remarkably, Queensland has simply added it title to the NSW and Victorian lists as having massive turnover development in latest months. Simply how that development may be in contrast with 2019/20 is unsure as that interval concerned the beginning of Covid issues so we will’t ensure if some punters had been scared off initially or not. In fact, later in CY 2020 we all know there was an enormous shift to digital betting (a unbroken development, thoughts you) whereas reside betting retailers had been closed.

Then latest years have demonstrated repeatedly that the common gambler couldn’t care much less in regards to the high quality of the races he’s betting on. Maidens or prime grade makes little distinction to turnover – aside from characteristic races. Extra’s the pity.

It’s not an enormous soar from that theme to conclude that many gamblers have little concept about type or worth for cash. (Be aware, in passing, that fewer college students are taking Arithmetic in any type previous to leaving Excessive Faculty).

Clearly, that pondering will embody gamblers who’re simply following the chief and hoping to win one thing higher than financial institution curiosity – utilizing no matter spare {dollars} they’ve of their pocket. Tabcorp apparently is aware of this as a result of they print tickets for the “Subsequent Up” race no matter location or code.

On prime of all that, turnover varies extensively in accordance the day of the week and the time of day. That is pretty predictable nevertheless it doesn’t assist you to to wager higher. You may also be aware that GRV has lengthy had a behavior of shifting a premium race from its traditional time slot to Saturday evening. Crowds normally elevate oncourse betting however, most of the time, the general takings are down.

Now, Patti, add all this stuff up and check out to determine the place grading would possibly get a glance in. It will be a courageous observer who suggests it has any important affect. Certain, going up or down in grade is vital and it ought to make a betting distinction, nevertheless it seldom does.

The one proviso I might add is {that a} small however unknown variety of skilled punters may properly be betting within the hundreds with a cooperative bookie on rigorously chosen races. First 4 bets additionally appear fashionable with this group, normally the place they will (legally) affect the form of the market. Additionally it is attainable to create a pc program which interacts with a betting home and allows you to wager digitally on the final minute when the percentages meet your necessities. Nevertheless, small swimming pools mitigate your success degree there.

However that’s simply one other thriller within the Australian betting market. I imply a thriller to the general public – state authorities would know as a result of they accumulate the fee on all betting, however that calls for checking every state individually, every betting home (together with Betfair) and also you would want to entry all of them to find a dependable sample. Sadly, prospects don’t fee very extremely within the officers’ books. That is greatest described because the “four-legged poker machine” philosophy. They’ll wager anyway so why hassle being intelligent?

When A Tip Is Not A Tip

The Watchdog’s suggestions, closely pushed by GRV web site editors, proceed to confuse. After a fantastic end result within the Shepparton Cup, GRV then trumpeted that the Watchdog had scored “4 consecutive worthwhile days in a row” – that’s, from seventeenth to twentieth of March.

No he didn’t. The seventeenth and twentieth confirmed good outcomes however the 18th and nineteenth packages had been losers.

Including to the confusion is that the Watchdog lists $1.00 nominal bets on two of his picks however ignores betting on the third choice though he does remark extensively and provides the primary 4 canine so as. Right here’s what occurred (FO/Tote):

  • 18th March: Shima Traditional received properly ($2.25/1.60) however the different two picks ran fifth and 4th.
  • 1ninth March: Jarick Bale received properly (2.70/$2.50) however the different two picks ran fifth and fifth.

On each days it was a loss in case you wager on all three races. For those who had been fast sufficient to get the early Fastened Odds and wager on solely the primary two races you made a small revenue.

I don’t criticise the Watchdog for lacking out – all of us do this – however for GRV to gild the lily is just not acceptable.

And all these folks who comply with the guidelines however use the Tote will lose much more as a result of the Tote value is almost all the time shorter than the early Fastened Odds value. Anyway, taking odds-on for a Place is a mug’s sport – wherever, any time.

For a begin, punters can don’t know of what the top value will likely be, largely as a result of late betting and small swimming pools. Plus Fastened Odds “books” and situations are all the time closely framed in favour of the bookie.

As for Place betting, the final 10 Watchdog suggestions succeeded in solely three – paying $2.30/$2.20 for Ronny Mac, $1.90/$2.20 for Insurgent Riot and $1.65/$1.40 for Ferdinand Boy. That’s a complete of $5.85/$5.80 for $10.00 invested. No future there.

Kiss Urgently Wanted

David wrote in about Tier 3 occasions to say “There’s room for each type of racing”, so let it run. I don’t disagree with the underlying precept nevertheless it creates an additional downside in that it has the impact of permitting mediocre canine to filter by way of to regular graded races. Partly, which will contribute to the big variety of short-priced favourites (talked about above).

As I confirmed in a earlier column, a sizeable proportion of T3 winners get properly beneath GRV’s prescribed time after which transfer on to raised issues. Good for them however it isn’t serving to a lot for the genuinely sluggish canine battling their manner round.

Except for T3, Victoria now has eight grades plus numerous numbers of “particular” races (1 to three wins, and many others). Certainly, I as soon as famous a membership which restricted starters to these with 1-6 wins. That will have allowed many Group winners to enter. Then, the ultimate clincher is the pretty frequent No Penalty race. What’s their objective aside from to make a mockery of the complete grading system?

It’s time to scrub the lot and create a a lot less complicated system whereby not more than 5 grades plus maidens can be found and the place Grade 5 races can simply be divided up by both or each of age and variety of wins. That will additionally justify less expensive laptop applications (and fewer workers).

We’re utilizing a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

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