There’s a buzz about followers of greyhound racing, especially those who like to get in early and secure a better price on their runner, with major bookmakers releasing their odds for this year’s much-anticipated Golden Crest tournament. Here are our Golden Crest 2019 betting tips.
Punters can have their say on the individual heats, backing dogs win and each-way, or they could throw together a few to create a nice priced accumulator, one designed to hurt the bookies and boost the bank balance.
Those happy to play the waiting game can do so by getting their cash down on the outright market which allows you to back a greyhound to go on and win the Golden Crest outright. Antepost betting comes with its own risks as there’s no competition form to go on yet and anything could happen between now and the final.
You could even back a selection to win the tournament and it could be eliminated before the final, leaving you as little more than an interested spectator when the final six do battle. With risk comes reward, however, and the earlier you bet on your dog of choice, the better the price will be, odds slashed across the board with the passing of every heat.
The Golden Crest is run over 450 metres on the sand at Poole Stadium and has a rich history that can be traced all the way back to 1937 when run at Eastville Stadium, a venue that pulled the shutters down for the final time in 1997 and the event was moved to its new home in 2000. It has gone from strength to strength since, with organisers, owners, trainers and supporters loving the format, style and unpredictability of it all.
Wily Captain secured a place in the history books as the first ever champion when doing the business for Wimbledon based trainer Joe Harmon, recording a time of 30.48. Followers who had the upset picked were dancing all the way to their bookie to collect the proceeds of a 9/2 champ. The most recent dog and trainer team to join the exclusive winners list is Headford Kev wo landed the cheque 12 months ago for Towcester’s Kevin Hutton, backers getting their cash on 5/2.
A local trainer hasn’t collected the prize since Poole’s Bill Black helped Castlehyde King to glory in 2016 and the bulk of those in attendance will hope that can be remedied this spring. You can bet on the outright winner at a number of major bookmakers. Read on as we pick out the main contenders, as well as advising where best to get your stake money down to ensure your cash is working as hard as it can on your behalf.
Uncertainty in the Betting
Arthur Noodle is third in the early antepost list that was announced on Tuesday but the fact there’s double-figure odds available with all online bookies shows just how competitive traders expect this to be. Bet365 offer a cracking 10/1 on her living up to expectations and that will leap off the page at lovers of the value, especially those who have kept a close eye on this one and know she probably could be a little tighter. We certainly make it a bet worth having.
Traders have been honest enough to throw up their hands and admit they have little idea who is going to win this year’s Golden Crest and have, rather admirably, priced the market accordingly, leaving things open and challenging punters to go and have a shot at solving it. If you think you know more than the money men, you’ll be delighted with the prices offered and each-way backers will get the benefit of 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3-4. If your pick reaches the final and finishes in the top-four, you’ll be set to see your account balance swell.
Follow our advice and take Arthur Noodle each-way and that will give you a couple of options going forward. If your pick proves to be shrewd and shows the kind of form we are expecting of him you can sit back and follow the show happy as his price continues to drop. Let it ride and stand by your initial bet or, as the price comes down and the cash out values goes up, you can limit the risk and click cash out, pocketing the profit. It then doesn’t matter what happens between that being actioned and the end. Your bet will be settled, and you will have achieved your goal.
Get the Best Price
There’s two in the betting that are judged more likely winners than our pick and they are King Elvis and Snooty Mary. King Elvis is the market leader heading into the week and backers will have to make do with his 5/2 price tag. If you do intend to back the jolly, we must insist you do it at Bet365 as they offer a much better price than the competition, with others in the market stuck around the 11/8 mark. That’s quite a difference and it would be entirely foolish of any punter to back a 5/2 shot over the course of a competition at 11/8. Do the right thing by your pocket.
Snooty Mary is second in line at 8/1 and that’s another that has attracted a range of prices. You will get the 8/1 at Bet365 but, again, tread carefully as there’s bits and pieces of 6/1 out there, with 7/1 the norm. The Irish bitch finished second at Romford over 400m last month in a race that was eventually won by 4/5 favourite Chopchop Hope coming out of trap 6.
Snooty Mary backers would’ve been disappointed their pick didn’t get a bit closer to the winner that day, but excuses can be made for the bare result as she was bumped when caught in traffic and did extremely well to recover from that and finish as the best of the rest. Would she have won the race given a clear run? We’ll never know, but what we do know is there’s form and fitness on side and we’ll want to keep friendly with her during the heats.