Followers of British and Irish greyhound racing have an action-packed weekend ahead with contests of note taking place across the country on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There’s a delightful mix of our usual BAGs and BEGs meetings to sort through, as well as a few finals. Here are our March 29 weekend greyhound racing betting tips.
The Irish Sprint Cup takes place on Friday before we get into the thick of Saturday’s schedule, headlined by the Ladbrokes Rose Bowl. There’s plenty for sports fans to sink their teeth into on Sunday, including a busy dogs fixture list with the Kent Silver Salver and Queen Mother Memorial Cup the two standouts that are sure to attract the attention of punters.
In the first of our new greyhound previews, we have brought in our team of sports betting experts to help pick through the best the weekend has to offer, as well as their thoughts on who should carry your stake money in the main events of each night.
Let’s take a closer look at the races mentioned, including runners and which bookmakers are offering market best price in their antepost markets.
Irish Sprint Cup
Star of the show on Friday night and what a way to signal the start of another compelling weekend of sport across the board. The Irish Sprint Cup will be held this year, as always, at the Dundalk Stadium. Formerly known as the Irish National Cup, it’s an event that showcases some of the best on the circuit at the minute and this year’s renewal promises to be another thrilling encounter.
With a history that can be traced back to 1943, Ardnasool Jet was the latest name added to the winner’s list when doing the business for trainer Cathal McGhee, delighting backers who had the champ supported at upwards of 3/1.
Cabra Hurricane showed an incredible turn of foot in the heats and the ability to open up when given a clear run impressed bookmakers who offer 5/4 favourite. Ardnasool Jet makes more appeal at 15/8 and that will be popular.
The Ladbrokes sponsored Rose Bowl goes on Saturday and a competitive six-runner field will go to traps, but odds-makers are in no two minds as to who the champion will be. They have pinned their hopes firmly on Sleepy Genie and although any value that existed has long been since snapped up, it’s difficult to argue against the money men here. They have picked a talented runner and backers who agree will have to make do with the 4/9 at Bet365.
Cheer Up Sleepy Genie
That’s a bet best suited to accumulator backers but those who are confident the jolly will deliver on the big stage may think there’s just enough left to merit them steaming in with a super single for a large stake. Is Sleepy Genie good enough to win this? You better believe it, but we wouldn’t suggest getting a large chunk of cash down as anything can happen.
Why not play small stakes on Marfield Jet to cause an upset at 11/4 with sponsors Ladbrokes. That’s market best price and you’ll get a run for your money on the day.
Kent Silver Salver
Central Park Stadium in Sittingbourne provides the setting for this one and it’s decided over the 265 metres distance, raced to a champion on Sunday. Inaugurated back in 1933, Roxholme Hat was the 1/2 favourite winner last time with a winning time of 16.36 and that rated as one of the quickest on record. Will we see that smashed this weekend?
Elvis is in the Building
The jolly did the business that day and heading into the 2019 final the betting would have you believe Troy Bella is the one to be on, attaching a favourite price tag no better than 5/4 at Ladbrokes. There’s more there than last year, of course, but we’re taking on the jolly with one that caught our eye earlier.
King Elvis is 2/1 top price with Ladbrokes and that puts much of the competition in the shade, with only 15/8 served elsewhere. If you intend on following our thinking, make sure you do it at Ladbrokes. Making a profit from sports betting is difficult enough without taking less of a price about your fancies.
Queen Mother Memorial Cup
The heats for this much-loved competition go on Sunday and at this stage of the running we have 18 runners in the mix. There’s still plenty of racing to be seen before we arrive at a champion and many with their ears to the ground are struggling to predict the outcome, preferring to make use of the form before the final, but bookies have stuck their neck on the line and marked up a favourite.
Roxholme Butt is No Joke
That’s Droopys Live who is the shortest price at present. Some firms go 5/1, while others play their cards close to their chest and make the same outcome a 3/1 pick. One thing’s for sure, regardless of the sport or selections, if you back enough 3/1 shots at 5/1, you’ll come out of the season with a pocketful of change.
Roxholme Butt isn’t far behind and that’s another the money men can’t seem to make their minds up on. There’s plenty of 5/1 if you fancy a pop but tread carefully as there’s also 7/2 available at a few of the better-known firms. As before, if you’re backing this runner, don’t short-change yourself, especially at this stage of proceedings as you deserve a nice price if marking the winner well before the final.
Stardom deserves our support
It makes no difference to us, however, as we are happy to look beyond the first two in the betting and instead of seeing the value in the price difference, we notice two weak leaders who are there to be shot at, taken on with a lively outsider.
A Shot at Stardom
The one we’ll be cheering, hopefully all the way to the final, is Stardom who can be trusted at 11/2 with Coral. Each-way backers will get 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3 if they’d prefer a bit more of a safety net. She really stood out when winning the Golden Jackey recently and is due a bit of luck over course and distance. Fingers crossed she gets it here.