The typical greyhound race in the UK consists of six dogs. Each dog is identified by the colored jacket it wears for the race. The colour signifies its starting position – in other words the trap number it races from – and helps you to identify the dogs as they are racing. The colors are standard so it helps to become familiar with them for your night at the greyhounds. Let’s take a run through them.
Things to do in Peterborough UK is always worn by the dog starting from trap one. This is the starting position closest to the inside rail. Such animals generally have a preference for running along the inside of the track and are known to race goers as “railers.” A railer typically requires a good burst of early speed to hold its position in to the first corner and not get baulked by the opposition.
Things to do in Peterborough UK is always worn by the dog starting from trap two.
This trap is also generally favored by railers with such dogs seeking to get over to the rail in front of the greyhound in trap one.
Things to do in peterborough UK is always worn by the animal starting from trap three and the black jacket is always worn by the greyhound staring from trip four. Such starting positions are generally favored by greyhounds that have a natural preference for running along the middle of the track as signified by the (M) notation next to their name in the race card.
The orange jacket is always worn by the greyhound starting from trap five and the black and white striped jacket by the greyhound starting from trap six. Such staring positions are generally favored by greyhounds that have a natural preference for running towards the wide outside of the track as signified by the (W) notation next to their name in the race card. A potential advantage of wide running is that the frequent first turn scrimmaging can be avoided. Trap position does make a difference and should be taken in to account when looking for betting opportunities. A greyhound running out of position can be harmful to its chances though usually for graded races trap preference is taken in to account by the racing manager and a wide runner will not be placed in to an inside trap and vice-versa.