What an Easter weekend of sport that was, with followers given plenty to cheer about across the board, including football, horse racing and snooker. Those who like to keep their finger on the pulse of the fast-changing world of greyhound racing weren’t disappointed either, but there’s plenty more to come this week. Here are our April 25 Greyhounds betting tips.
No sooner are the weekend’s results in the record books we dive back in head-first to another hectic round, with live racing taking place every day this week. The standout on the schedule goes on Thursday night when we’re treated to the Coral Regency. Bookmakers – expecting an increased level of interest in this one from casual backers – have put in the hard work to ensure they cover all angles, meaning you can cheer your selection on from the heats all the way to the final.
We are looking forward to this one and, in an attempt to help mark the occasion with a cash pay-out, our team of greyhound tipsters and sports betting experts have run the rule over the major contenders, giving their thoughts on who can be trusted with your hard-earned cash. We also point out which bookmakers are offering best odds in the antepost market which is vital if you’re serious about beating the bookies and making a profit over the course of the year.
The Coral Regency is a popular event run at Hove Greyhound Stadium over the six-bend trip of 695m. It’s famous for attracting some of the best names in the business and this year’s renewal has been no different, with the top trainers and greyhounds confirming their attendance, which is great news for both punters and those who plan to get themselves along to the venue.
A Check on the Form
Marked down by trainers as a trial for the upcoming St Leger, it gives us a look at which runners are hitting form at this time of year and which are maturing towards their physical peak. The winner of the Coral Regency is always well supported in the antepost betting for the St Leger and we’d be surprised if this year is any different. That offers backers an interest on two fronts and those lucky enough to back the Regency winner can reinvest some of their cash back onto the same greyhound to go on and claim the St Leger.
We’ve enjoyed some memorable finals over the years, but one of our favourite champions was 2016 ruler Billy’s Bullet. The victor wasn’t short on doubters going into the traps but produced a sensational run, proving both his stamina and determination to stay on for the prize.
That result was made all the sweeter as the champion had only recently returned from a career-threatening injury and it was a shock to many just to see Billy’s Bullet included in the original field. An incredible tale, but it won’t be the last result of note in this tournament and we’re guaranteed plenty more thrills and spills this year.
Take Best Price
Having had a look at the heats and warm-up races, bookmakers have made their mind up on who will come out on top and have pinned Roxholme Poppy to the head of the outright betting, with followers able to get their hands on no more than the 9/4 offered up by 888sport. That looks to be on the tight side in what is a competitive field, but the price you’ll get at 888Sport is better than the 2/1 or 15/8 offered by the competition.
If you are going to bet on the Coral Regency favourite in the outright market it makes sense to do it with 888Sport and get the most for your stake money.
Seeing Roxholme Poppy as the shortest priced runner won’t come as a surprise to those with an interest in this competition, but the odds may just catch a few off-guard and, with plenty of running still to be done before we get a champion, we’re happy to take the traders on and look for one at a punter friendly price.
We’re after something that’s going to make the final, at the very least, and will give punters the option of cashing out for a profit as we near the final six and the price drops. That will give us two options – stand our ground and let the bet run, or cash out and take a profit before watching the final as spectators, the cash safely tucked away in our betting balance.
Expect Another Upset
Others mentioned near the head of the pecking order are Sheldan who can be backed at 3/1 with Bet365, Magical Icarus who is 3/1 in places and Goldies Hotspur, yours at 6/1 when trusting your stake money to the good people at Bet365. We wouldn’t be in a rush to put anyone off a financial interest in those runners, but they’re not for us.
We’re happy to let our eyes drift down the pecking order a little more and will have our stake down on an outsider who we believe has the quality to cause another famous upset at the seaside resort track. The dog we will place our trust in is Aayamza Breeze, one currently offered at 12/1 by Bet365 and we think that’s too big.
If you do plan on following our bet, please be careful as there are plenty of bookies out there offering 10/1 on the same dog, with some even as tight as 8/1. Backing an 8/1 winner is nice but knowing you could’ve had it at 12/1 simply by doing your homework will surely take the shine off things. Ensure your stake money is working as hard as possible on your behalf.
Worth Another Chance
The Irish-bred stayer out of the talented Wallis kennels disappointed around here earlier this month when finishing second, despite going off as a nailed on 4/5 favourite with bookies. She was priced like losing wasn’t an option but was forced to follow home Arthurs Impact – 14/1 with Ladbrokes in the outright betting – beaten by a couple of lengths.
That may put a few off and we wouldn’t blame punters who lost their money at short odds that day for turning their nose up, but there’s still plenty to come from this bitch and we’re sure to see that progress during the latter stages of this tournament. She did enough to get through without being at her best and she’s one we’re confident will make the final six.