As we approach Easter weekend followers of the greyhound scene have lots to get through with the best action taking place on Saturday. We have antepost betting available, punters tasked with finding the outright winner at an early stage, given a better price than those waiting until the final field is confirmed as a reward for their efforts. Here are our April 20 Greyhounds betting tips.
We also have races of note taking place during the extended weekend and our team of greyhound tipsters have picked out the best the schedule has to offer. Having run over the betting, we also give our views on how to invest your stake money, as well as which bookmakers are offering best price.
The latter is vitally important in ensuring your money is put to good use. There’s no point cheering home a 5/1 winner if you could’ve had it at 10/1 by doing a little research. Thankfully, our crew have done the hard work, allowing you to bet and enjoy the show.
This is one of the more popular races run in Australia with UK punters who really have taken it to their hearts in recent years. That’s no surprise as we have enjoyed some fantastic renewals at Wentworth Park.
Billed as the richest staying race in New South Wales, a champion is decided over 720 metres on sand and a chunky prize pot ensures some of the sport’s best and brightest will be in attendance, looking to lay claim to the winner’s pool.
The Association Cup betting has 10 runners involved at this stage and the betting comes down hard in support of early favourite Tornado Tears who is currently no better than 9/20 at Bet365. That looks a shrewd call and it will be a brave punter who sets up against the traders in taking on the jolly, but there’s a lot of racing still to be done and those short odds should put a couple off.
Take a Chance on Blue Moon
When betting at this stage of competitions anything can happen and it’s our thinking that if Tornado Tears is going to win, we’re happy to let him do it at the price and will take more enjoyment from having a go on a runner with more of a price attached. We’re value hunters and although we’re happy to admit the betting looks close to spot on here – picking the best dog in the field – there are others who are good enough to make a nuisance of themselves.
We suggest having an interest play on Blue Moon Rising who is available at 12/1 with Bet365. A big price, and we’ll need a fair share of luck to get that bet paid out as a winner, but our pick is better than the price suggests, and followers will get a run for their money. Those looking for a bit more of a safety net can bet each-way and get 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3.
If Blue Moon Rising performs as well as expected, we’re confident you’ll be able to cash out for a profit nearer to the start time of the final. Keep your eye on the value offered and hope our thinking proves to be shrewd. Others worth a mention at this stage are Paco Dorado at 16/5, Dyna Chancer 9/1 and Veloce Nero, a runner also priced at 9/1. All quotes have been taken from the Bet365 site and are correct at the time of writing.
Golden Easter Egg
Another chance to bag an international winner and we remain at Sydney’s Wentworth Park for the Grade 1 Golden Easter Egg, decided over 520 metres on the sand. Eight qualifying heats, four semi finals and an eight-dog final stands between the original field and a champion and Bet365 have their early betting as a straight shoot-out between Black Opium and Federal Lilly, who are joint-favourites at the time of publishing, both carrying an 11/5 quote. The top-three is made up of Miss Splendamiro, who can be followed at 16/5.
Forge Out a Win
Up Hill Jill is champion, but we expect Black Forge to wear the crown this year and those keen to follow our thinking can get their cash down on the 11/1 at Bet365. Again, that looks to be more than a little unfair on a contender who has a chance of upsetting the odds.
If the pick runs as expected, the price will tumble and those leaving it late will get less than those who decide to have a pop earlier in the week. A talented runner, we have little doubt backers will, at the very least, get a run for their money. Another outsider who should attract interest is Irinka Lizzy, a 14/1 poke when betting at Bet365.
Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stakes
Moving closer to home and we have this year’s running of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stakes at Limerick. First staged in 2013, Roxholme Bully was entered into the history books as the first ever winner when scoring at 11/8 and Droops Davy was added to the list 12 months ago, doing as expected for Pat Buckley off an SP 4/5.
Get Your Money Down Quick
Buckley has made this race his own in recent years, winning each of the last three runnings, but Liam Dowlings has the favourite this year with his Ballymac Tas offered as a 13/8 jolly by Bet365. The same runner is no better than 6/4 elsewhere, so be careful who you trust. Ballymac Syd is second-fav at 5/2 with the same firm and that’s the one we’re after. There doesn’t look to be an awful lot between the first two in the betting and that makes a punt on the bigger price easier to have.
Backers can be sure that quote will shorten between now and the start of the race, so if you do plan on following our thinking, we suggest getting your money down sooner rather than later, beating the queues and the inevitable casual money that’ll come on Saturday.