Sixty years ago Britain had 77 thriving greyhound racetracks and, although we have seen a shrinkage in the number of tracks over the decades, high quality greyhound racing is still booming across the country.
Greyhound racing is a popular industry in the UK with attendances at around 3.2 million at over 5,750 meetings. There are 26 stadiums in Britain, with on-course and off-course betting available, with a turnover of £75,100,000.
Greyhounds are sighthounds and chase the lure, the little robotic rabbit whizzing around the track, by instinct. The chase itself is a reward for the greyhound and show great excitement prior to race time because they cannot wait to begin the chase.
For greyhounds, the serious race training begins when the hound is around 12 months old by dragging an artificial lure along the floor to entice the dog to run after it. After they mature in size and age, track training begins. This involves training on varying surfaces with a lure suspended above the ground.
Within months these hounds can be wowing spectators and winning races.
The racing calendar is always packed full of quality racing and this autumn and winter is no different.
There is always an array of category one races, in which trainers pit their wits and bests dogs against each other in search of the big prizes.
Whether a dog is a born sprinter with raw pace, or a hound that possesses excellent stamina, throughout the greyhound year a plethora of competitions showcase their talents. If you’re looking for top greyhound racing action, head on over to Coral's racing bets for today, featuring previews and tips daily to maximise your chance of winning and get ahead of the competition.
In November and December there are some huge races coming up.
Later next month the St Leger will be held, featuring some of the best hounds from up and down the country, while the Eclipse will also be held a mere six days later on the 28th of November.
The final big race of the year takes place on the 8th of December at the Oaks.
So there you have it, the big remaining race meetings of the year and where to find top tips and previews.