Scottish Greyhound Derby (2021)

The Scottish Greyhound Derby is a classic race that takes place every year at Shawfield Stadium, in Glasgow. It is the only stadium in Scotland that is licensed by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain. This race, which is run over 480m, was first held at the Carntyne Stadium in 1928, and four decades later it was moved to Shawfield Stadium, where it has been run, apart from two years, ever since. The race is the middle part of the greyhound racing Triple Crown which includes the Irish Greyhound Derby run at Shelbourne Park and the English Greyhound Derby run at Towcester Stadium. In the following article, you will find all you need to know about this prestigious race.

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Scottish Greyhound Betting

The race attracts some of the best greyhounds in the UK and Ireland, but every greyhound in the final, which usually takes place sometime at the end of April or the beginning of May has to earn the right to be there. This is because there are a number of qualifying rounds in the weeks leading up to the big race that leaves just six greyhounds to compete for the prize of £20,000. In these qualifying rounds, six greyhounds compete in each race and those that finish in the top 3 move onto the next round, while the others are eliminated and have to try again next year.

Due to these multiple rounds, it is always worth thinking about making an antepost bet for the eventual overall winner as there will be hugely increased odds for the outsiders and the favourites to win the whole thing. Having just the one greyhound race on the night would be a pretty short race, which is why there will be other races for you to enjoy such as the Greyhound TV 500 Final and the Puppy Final, both of which have a top prize of £2000.

Greyhound races usually last no longer than a minute, and the majority of them are finished within 30 seconds, meaning that it is a sport that does not have a huge number of betting markets. However, despite this, greyhound racing is a fast affair with photo finishes that will keep you on the edge of your seat, which explains why greyhound racing betting has become so popular. Below we are going to take a look at what you can put your money on when you are Scottish Greyhound Derby betting.

Outright Betting

With this type of bet you simply put your money on the dog that you think will go on to win the race. It is quite simple really - the dog that you choose has to pass the finish post first in order for you to win your bet. This is the most common type of bet that is made in greyhound racing.

Forecast Betting

With forecast betting, you have to choose two dogs that you think will come first and second in a particular order. In greyhound racing, unlike with horse racing, people usually pick their dog by traps and not names, so if for your wager you have chosen trap 1 to win and trap 3 to come second, then this is exactly what must happen. If trap 3 wins and trap 1 comes second, you will lose your bet.

Reverse Forecast

This is pretty similar to forecast betting, with the only difference being that you do not have to get the finishing order right. If you choose the dog from trap 1 and the dog from trap 3 to finish first and second, they can do so in any order and you will win your bet. Obviously, since this is a bit easier than a forecast bet, the odds will not be as good.

Tricast Betting

If you are feeling particularly lucky, then you can try a tricast bet, which is where you pick three dogs to finish in the top 3. Once again, the dogs that you choose have to finish in the exact position that you predicted they would in order for you to win your wager.

Each Way Tricast Betting

These are known as combination tricasts and they cover your tricast. Since you will get paid if the three dogs you pick finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in any order, you will be charged 6x your original stake. In other words, if you put £1 on an each way tricast bet, you will be charged a total of £6.

Scottish Greyhound Derby Odds

Due to the current pandemic situation, the schedule for the Scottish Greyhound is yet to be released, so when we have the participants for the final, we will update the table below with the greyhounds that will be running as well as the odds that some of the best bookmakers around are offering for each dog. We will also, where possible, give you the name of the trainer for each greyhound as, just like with horse racing, the trainer that a greyhound has could end up being the difference between winning and losing.

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Scottish Greyhound Derby Tips

As we said above, the trainer that a greyhound has can have a big impact on how successful it is. If you have read our horse racing pages, then you will be well aware of this fact as the horses that are trained by the likes of Willie Mullins and A P O'Brien have a very high chance of winning the races that they participate in. Therefore, below we are going to take a look at some of the best greyhound trainers around at the moment. If you are thinking about doing some betting for Scottish Greyhound Derby, take a look at the trainers for each dog and then find out as much information about their successes as possible.

Seamus Cahill

He regularly trains over 100 dogs at any given time, and at the current moment he has 186 dogs under his name. In 2019, he had 1,575 runners and 280 of them went on to win the race they were in, giving him a win percentage of 17.78%. We cannot give you any stats for 2020 as the greyhound racing calendar was pretty much a no show due to the pandemic. He once won the Greyhound Trainer of the Year and the Trainers Championship. One of his greatest greyhound achievements came back in 2017 when Astute Missile surprised the greyhound racing world by winning the Greyhound Derby at huge odds of 28/1. Most of his greyhounds will run at Hove, but he is never scared to send his dogs further afield.

Mark Wallis

Mark Wallis has also won the Greyhound Derby and he is currently training around 150 dogs. In 2019, he has had 1,267 runners and 226 of these have gone on to win their race, which gave him a yearly win percentage of 17.84%. He is considered to be one of the best greyhound trainers around and this is highlighted by the fact that he was the Champion Trainer each year from 2012 until 2018. Most of his dogs run at Henlow, but he is also not afraid to send his greyhounds further afield if the prize on offer is worth it.

Nick Savva

Anyone who is familiar with this sport will have heard of this man as his name is synonymous with greyhound racing. He has won the Greyhound Derby four times and still puts out regular winners. At the time of writing, he is training just 18 dogs. During the 2019 greyhound racing season, he picked up 25 wins from the 193 races his dogs competed in, giving him a win percentage of 12.95%. In 2017 he got 80 winners, while in 2018 he got 55 winners, and these wins can be added to the four Trainers Championships that he has won.

P. W. Young

He had an extremely successful 2019 as he recorded a staggering 662 wins from 4,095 runners, giving him a winning percentage of 16.16%. If you thought those 662 wins were impressive, you will be shocked to hear that he got 950 wins from the 5,842 runners that he had at Towcester and Romford in 2018. He is currently training 364 greyhounds.

Other Trainers to Keep a Lookout for

Below we have provided you with a list of some other very good greyhound trainers that you should almost certainly keep a look out for. Once again, if you are betting on a greyhound race such as the Scottish Greyhound Derby and come across one of these trainers, we recommend you consider putting your money on their dog:

  • Pat Rosney
  • Pat Buckley
  • Jim Brown
  • Paul Hennessy
  • Carol Weatherall
  • Barrie Draper

Free Bets Offers

So, now that you know some top trainers to keep a look out for when you are trying to predict Scottish Greyhound Derby winners, we shall have a quick look at some free bets. Most bookies will now offer any new customer some free bets in order to get them to open an account with them. Obviously, the more enticing a free bet offer is, the more chance that bookmaker will have of getting new customers. A bookmaker that does not offer free bets will not get many customers signing up with them, and they will go out of business pretty quickly.

Free bets, like everything you will come across in life, are not all created the same - some are a lot better than others. Thus, below we have given you a table that shows the best bookies (in our opinion) according to the free bets they are offering at the moment and the greyhound races that they cover.

These free bets can obviously be used on any greyhound racing event that you want (or another sport), but if you sign up with one of these bookies when the Scottish Greyhound Derby is on, we recommend that you use the free bet to try and predict a winner in that.

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N.B. Bookmakers are altering their bonuses all of the time as they constantly have to come up with innovative ways to look more attractive than their rivals. Therefore, there is a chance that when you visit the site of one of the sportsbooks that we mentioned in the above table that the bonuses are not the same. Unfortunately, we are too busy bringing you other valuable information to be able to check bonus updates daily, so we apologise if the bonuses do not match up. However, if they have changed, it is more than likely that they will be even better than the bonuses mentioned above.

Previews

Below we have provided you with some very handy news for the Scottish Greyhound Derby. We will update this news section whenever more news is released about this race. At the moment though, the news is pretty limited since nobody knows when exactly it and the qualifying races are going to take place.

It Is the Biggest Race in Scotland

When it comes to greyhound racing in the United Kingdom, it is fair to say that it is not as big a sport in Scotland as it is in countries such as England and Ireland. Its popularity is also declining, as can be seen from the fact that the two greyhound racing venues in the country, Shawfield and Thornton, only host one race event a week. Therefore, it will not come as much of a surprise to hear that this is the biggest greyhound race that takes place in Scotland.

Also, the fact that the prize money for winning the Scottish Greyhound Derby is a lot smaller than that awarded to the winners of the English Greyhound Derby and the Irish Greyhound Derby is an indicator of its popularity.

Attendance Will Not be Possible

Due to the current pandemic issue, it is very unlikely that fans will be allowed to go and attend the Scottish Greyhound Derby this year. However, it will still likely go ahead, which is better than last year since the Scottish Greyhound Derby 2020 dates were completely cancelled.

Although it is a shame that nobody can go and watch this highly entertaining event, there are still a number of ways that you can watch the action unfold. This is what we are going to take a look at right now.

Sky TV: If you have a Sky subscription, then you will be able to watch this race on Sky Channel 468.

Freeview: If you do not have Sky, then it is no problem as you can watch the Scottish Greyhound Derby on Freesat 250.

Website: If you do not have Sky or Freeview, then you can just head on over to www.ukdogracing.net and watch all of the action from there.

Bookmakers: Betting on the dogs is such a popular hobby now that all the best sportsbooks offer live streaming features for greyhound racing events across the world. Any bookmaker that is serious about what they do will provide a live stream to their customers for the Scottish Greyhound Derby.

A Look Back at the Previous Year

Unfortunately, there was no Scottish Greyhound Derby in 2020 due to the pandemic situation. It was originally meant to go ahead towards the end of the year, but since the situation had not improved enough, it was cancelled all together. Therefore, below we are going to give you a results table of what happened in 2019.

Name of GreyhoundTrapOddsTimeTrainer
Braveheart Bobby33/128.88Pat Buckley
Cooneen Jack18/129.04James Fenwick
Droopys Verve51/1f29.14Angela Harrison
Droopys Nadal63/129.22Angela Harrison
Greenwell Jean216/129.28Pat Flaherty
Jaguar Jack47/129.32Graham Rankin

Scottish Greyhound Derby Winners

It is always interesting to take a look at previous winners of big races, which is why in the table below you will find information about the last ten winners of this prestigious Scottish greyhound race.

YearName of GreyhoundOddsTimeTrainer
2010Nambisco7/4f28.98Carly Philpott
2011Taylors Cruise5/228.99Charlie Lister
2012Barefoot Allstar7/4f28.76Paul Hennessy
2013Ballymac Eske4/7f28.75Barry Draper
2014Holdem Spy2/1f28.87Carol Weatherall
2015Swift Hoffman6/4f28.98Pat Rosney
2016Hot Pipe25/129.09Jim Brown
2017Dorotas Woo Hoo7/428.77Charlie Lister
2018The Other Reg5/228.87Pat Rosney
2019Braveheart Bobby3/1f28.88Pat Buckley

FAQs

When is the Scottish Greyhound Derby?

Unfortunately, at this moment in time, we do not know exactly when this race will take place due to the current pandemic restrictions. It usually takes place around the end of April and the beginning of May after qualifying rounds, but it looks like it will be a bit later now. We will provide you with any information as soon as it becomes available.

How Much Prize Money Does the Winning Dog Take at the Scottish Greyhound Derby?

The winning dog will collect £20,000 for winning this race.

Which Bets Are Available for the Scottish Greyhound Derby?

You can make bets such as an outright bet, a forecast bet, a reverse forecast bet, and a tricast bet.

Who Will Win the Scottish Greyhound Derby?

Unfortunately, this is not a question that we can answer at the moment as we do not yet know the six dogs that we be competing in this race.

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