February 2021

General Background Information

On UK Greyhound Racing


A greyhound race in the UK typically comprises a six-dog field. The dogs are loaded into traps, and after release, chase the electric hare, which runs on a rail on the outside of the track. The starting trap positions are numbered 1-6 from the inside of the track, as are the racing jackets worn by the greyhounds. The standard jacket colours worn by the greyhounds are as follows:

Trap One – Red 1
Trap Two – Blue 2
Trap Three – White 3
Trap Four – Black 4
Trap Five – Orange 5
Trap Six – Black/White Stripes 6

Race Types

A race form prefix (abbreviated letter) is always shown before the 'grade' to represent the distance of race: D = sprint races (2 bend racing), A = middle-distance races standard (4 bends), B = middle distance races short (4 bends) S = stayers races (6 bends) and E = marathon or extended races (8 bends or more). Each grade has divisions based on times with grade 1 being the highest. Therefore, A1 would be the quickest runners over the standard 4-bend distance at the track it is racing at. These prefixes and numbers are for runners (“graded”) at the host track.

OR = Open Races and can be staged over any distance and are open to entries from any track including the host track.

HC = Handicap races. These are race where greyhounds of differing abilities can run together, each with an equal chance of winning. Here individual starting boxes are used with staggered starting positions putting the slowest dog at the front and the quickest dog at the back, thus giving the slower dogs a head-start on the quicker dogs.


The race meeting will contain a list of suitable reserve greyhounds that may be substituted for runners that are withdrawn from the race. This can happen up until 45 minutes before the start time of the first race. The selection of a suitable reserve is made by the licensed official in charge of racing fort that meeting. In all cases the reserve runner will start from the same trap as the runner it replaces. The racing jacket worn by the reserve runner will have the letter “R” next to its number.



Select any greyhound to finish first.


Select any greyhound to be either first or second.


Select two greyhounds to be first & second in correct order.


Select three greyhounds to be first ,second & third in correct order.to be first, second & third in order.


The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) is responsible for regulating the operation of licenced greyhound racing in England, Scotland, and Wales. As well as overseeing each racetrack and the running of each race they are responsible for regulating the welfare and care of all racing greyhounds - from registration to retirement. They are staffed by world-leading experts including vets, academics, and animal welfare specialists.

The animal Welfare Act 2006 provides primary legislation covering the housing, transportation, and care of greyhounds. These conditions are contained, alongside the rules and procedures for racing in a comprehensive Rules of Racing standard, developed and enforced by the officers of the GBGB. GBGB Rules of Racing


Track Ownership

Tracks are privately owned and elect to run under the governance and rules of the GBGB. Tracks secure the services of professional trainers, licenced by the GBGB to provide greyhounds available for racing. The racing officials employed by each track are licenced by the GBGB and will construct races comprising of those greyhounds and in accordance with the GBGB rules. They aim to construct races of greyhounds of equal ability based on recorded time and race form.