How to Bet

Why Greyhound Racing

Simply, Greyhound Racing is action packed, fast-paced and thrilling to be part of!

It makes up one of the three main racing codes in SA and it's no surprise that our share is growing. Our facilities are equal to any other racing or sporting complex in South Australia and we have a total of four racing tracks throughout SA.

Why bet on greyhounds

  • There are never more than 8 dogs in a race, so you have a better chance of picking a winner!
  • Races start every 15 to 20 minutes with meetings held across Australia most days of the week so there's always live action.
  • Races only last around 30 seconds so if you've picked the winner, you'll see a quick return.
  • No human intervention!

Some essential statistics to study when betting on greyhound races are the total number of wins the different boxes have had on the racetrack, which trainers have prepared the most winners and the dog’s previous and split time records on the track.

Also important in regards to the starting boxes, is that certain greyhounds run better from particular box numbers, so look at the best starting box for the running style of the dog.


Win  This bet type is simple and popular. Simply pick the runner you think will win the race!

Depending on the number of runners in the race, you are betting on your greyhound to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a race. You will always see the place odds shown to the right of the win odds. Note, if you bet on a greyhound to Place and they win the race, you will receive the Place bet odds, not the Win bet odds.

The number of runners in a race will determine if you receive a place dividend, they are as follows:
8 runners = 3 dividends - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
5-7 runners - 2 dividends - 1st and 2nd
4 or less runners - 1 dividend - WIN ONLY - no place pool or option. 

Trifecta  Pick the greyhounds you think will finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Quinella The Quinella bet type requires you to pick the two greyhounds that will finish 1st or 2nd in a race, in any order.  
Exacta Similar to the Quinella, you are required to pick the two greyhounds that will finish 1st or 2nd in a race, however, the difference is you have to exactly pick the finishing order.
First 4 For the First 4, you are required to pick the greyhounds that will finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in a race in the correct order.
Quaddie The Quaddie requires you to pick the winners of four races set out by TAB Sportsbet in order for you to collect a dividend. Due to the nature of the bet and the fact it is difficult to select four winners, most of the time the Quaddie dividends are lucrative. 
Fixed Odds Pre-post Fixed Odds betting (open a few days, and sometimes weeks in advance) is offered on all major races throughout the year, while most day-to-day meetings carry Fixed Odds with betting opening 10 minutes prior to each race.



Box Generally used to describe the starting position drawn in an event.
Check Interference received by the greyhound during a race, possibly causing the greyhound to lose momentum and time (lengths) in that race.
Distance Used to describe the distance covered by runners in a race from the front of the starting box to the finish line. Generally measured 1 metre out from the rail.
Field Generally used to describe the combined runners in a race.
Form Guide A publication listing the race performances of the greyhounds in a specific race
Form Generally used to describe the recent performances of a greyhound.
Grade Used to describe the classification of a specific race, and/or the classification of a greyhound at a specific Racetrack and distance.
Maiden Describes a greyhound that has yet to win a race, and/or to describe a specific grade of race for greyhounds yet to win a race.
Margin The lengths between each greyhound during and race and across the finishing line (a length = ~0.07s)
Owner A person Registered for the purpose of owning a Registered greyhound eligible to be nominated for a race or event.
Qualifying Trial Trials that are conducted by a Race Club under race conditions to select greyhounds for inclusion into a specific race or event.
Race Program A listing of the races/events to be conducted at a specific meeting, the names of greyhounds and trainers, the official box draw, and may include the recent form of the greyhounds engaged. May also be used to list proposed races/events to be held at a specific venue at a future date.
Racetrack May be used to describe a specific race venue and/or the actual running surface and area set aside for the conduct of a race or event.
Race Used to describe the actual race/event.
Railing When a greyhound moves to the inside of the field and follows the rail during a race.
Sire A Stud dog that is the Registered father of a specific greyhound.
Spell When a greyhound has a break from racing (e.g. injury).
Split Times The time (seconds) in which the leading greyhound or greyhounds approached the designated section of the track.
Starting Boxes The boxes where the greyhounds commence the start of the race.
Trainer A registered member of GRSA who cares and outlays training regimes for racing or potential racing greyhounds.
Trial Can be solo, double or in a half-field, where greyhounds go around a racing track similar to race conditions obtaining split and overall time for an indication of performance.
Whelping Date The date a litter of pups were born.
Wide (running wide) When a greyhound moves to the outside of the field during a race.

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