It’s time for our April 12-14 Greyhound betting tips. Followers of domestic greyhound racing have plenty to keep them busy this week with the latest from the Golden Crest on Friday, before we move a step closer to crowning a Henlow Gold Cup champion on Sunday.
At this stage bookmakers offer prices on the outright winner of each tournament through their antepost markets and punters will find there’s plenty of value available as bookmakers struggle to support a dog they think will go all the way to the title. Lovers of greyhound betting will be all too keen to call on their knowledge to make the odds-makers pay.
With nice prices available and plenty of life left in both competitions, we have drafted in our team of greyhound judges and sports betting experts in the hope of helping you land a winner. You have two options here, wait until the final field has been decided and look back over the form of each dog during the heats to pinpoint your selection, or get in early and grab enhanced odds in the antepost betting before the masses spot the talent and pile their cash in.
As well as running through the current betting in both the Golden Crest and Henlow Gold Cup, our team have also done the hard work to flag up the bookmakers offering best price on the most popular picks, ensuring you get the most for your stake money. Backing a 10/1 winner is nice, but not quite as sweet if you could’ve had the same runner at 16/1 simply by doing your research.
King Elvis has been marked as favourite in the antepost betting heading into the week and those who have kept their eye on recent developments won’t be surprised by that in the slightest. Traders have a difference of opinion on just how strong a jolly this greyhound is, however, with some firms happy to offer 6/4, others preferring to keep their distance and trade closer to the even money mark. If you do plan on backing King Elvis at this stage, we would strongly advise doing your homework before trusting your cash to an online betting firm.
The McNair trained dog was second at Central Park at the tail-end of March when beaten by Magical Houdini, despite going off a 1/2 red-hot favourite. Backers who lost money on him that day may just be reluctant to rush out and back King Elvis with their hard-earned cash again and, we must say, we wouldn’t blame them for that. Is he good enough to win the Golden Crest? Of course, but at the price we would much rather let him go and do it and take a chance on a plucky outsider carrying more of a price. There’s little value in King Elvis at the moment, so we’re happy to ignore the urge to jump on the shortest price in a field with plenty of chances.
Take a Chance
We allow our eyes to fall down the pecking order of the outright betting and will take a chance on Bull Run Byte who can be followed at a stunning 14/1 when taking advantage of the generosity of Bet365 traders. The selection really caught our eye when running in the heats on 2 April, winning comfortably ahead of runner-up Jet Stream Proof. The victor crossed the line carrying a 5/2 quote with the runner up an 11/4 play, race favourite Portmageewiseguy no better than fifth.
Hutton’s gutsy Irish-bred bitch recorded a winning time of 26.56, with a split of 4.34 and that stood up very well on the night. She’s a speedster with plenty of heart and can’t be easily ignored. Despite being overlooked a little too easily by betting traders in the build-up, there has been a share of shrewd money coming for her and we’re delighted to follow that and have a play in the outright market at interest stakes. If she does as expected and progresses, backers will have options available to them. Sit it out and hope she wins the Golden Crest, or cash-out for a profit before the final is run.
Henlow Gold Cup
We’re off to Henlow on Sunday for the latest from the much anticipated Henlow Gold Cup and we have to admit this year’s renewal has us excited. As well as some of the best runners and trainers in the business, it’s an attractive outright market to bet on as there’s just so much value floating around. Chubbys Caviar is the market leader at the time of writing with no more than 5/4 available at bet365. The same firm offer a market best price of 3/1 on Itsur Mate, but neither capture our imagination and, like above, we’ll gladly get our hands dirty and dig up a diamond.
The one to hold our attention, hopefully all the way to the final, is Towstar Arry who has been chalked up on the betting board as a 6/1 shot, best price when betting at Ladbrokes. Like dogs mentioned already, there’s a level of indecision in the market with some firms offering as tight as 9/2. As we already know, if you can back enough 9/2 shots at 6/1 – regardless of the sport – you’ll make a profit, and that’s exactly what we aim to do here.
Arry Caught our Eye
The striking Irish dog, trained by Wallis, was third at this track on the final day of last month, despite going off as a 14/1 no-hoper. The race was won by Savana Sasha – who was a 16/1 outright bet – and the victor was followed home by a disappointing 8/11 favourite in Droopys Noodle – an 8/1 play in the antepost list.
Towstar Arry more than held his own against decent opposition and those who watched the race will remember he wasn’t disgraced despite coming up against a couple of rivals judged to be better claimants to the Gold Cup this year. Not as far as we can see. He was well beaten by Savana Sasha that day, but you could play it safe and bet each-way at 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3, if you needed a bit more of a safety net.