Greyhound Racing

Origins
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Originating from hare coursing the first attempt at modern racing was tried on a straight track beside the Welsh Harp Reservoir at Hendon in 1876.

It took Owen Patrick Smith in 1912 to turn the sport into it's recognisable form. Smith hated the killing of jack rabbits so he invented the artificial hare. He also believed that we would come to see greyhound racing as we see horse racing.

Strangely it was an American Charles Munn, who armed with Smith's patents got together with Major Lyne Dixon and Brigadier General Critchley to bring greyhound racing to the UK.

Munn and Critchley launched the Greyhound Racing Association, and held the first British meeting at Manchester's Belle Vue. The sport was successful in cities and town throughout the U.K. - by December 1927 40 tracks were in operation in the UK.

Appealing to the working class male it was highly suited to urban areas, this resulted in races taking part mainly in the evenings. It soon became one of the few sports to allow a working man to own a top racing animal.

Betting has always been a key ingredient of greyhound racing, both through on-course bookmakers and the totalisator, first introduced in 1930.

Like lots of other sports, greyhound racing enjoyed its highest attendances just after the Second World War in 1946 there were 34 million paying spectators in 1946. The sport began a decline from the early 1960s, due in part to the effect of the 1960 Betting and Gaming Act permitted off-course cash betting.

Greyhound racing is undergoing resurgence in popularity as more and more people discover it as both a sport and a form of gambling.

Breeding

The breeding of greyhounds is a refined and studious task in modern times, with breeders aware that only the best-bred animals are likely to be able to achieve success on the track.

The majority of stud dogs are past champions that have won the sports Classic races. In an attempt to inject freshness and hardiness into the UK breeding stock top dogs from Australia and the USA have been imported.

The effect has been to improve the UK breeding stock to even higher levels.

Greyhound racing is the sport of racing greyhounds. The dogs chase a lure (an artificial hare or rabbit) on a track until they arrive at the finish line. The one that arrives first is the winner.

In many countries, greyhound racing is purely amateur and conducted for enjoyment. In other countries (particularly the US, UK, and Australia), greyhound racing is a popular form of parimutuel gambling, similar to horse racing