Thinking about getting into Greyhounds?
Greyhound racing is an exciting sport, especially when you own a winning dog!
There are a few things to consider before getting into Greyhound racing as an owner.
In this post we will talk briefly about the things you need to know prior to getting involved in the Industry, the Do’s & Don’ts, the costs involved an ultimately how to take you from being a beginner to becoming a prize winning cashed up owner!
Winning is a form of ART!
Before you even get started you need to know that unlike betting on greyhounds which is also fun (we don’t mind a punt) it’s very different.
You are now taking a very different gamble. It’s more like a well thought out, well planned investment that can pay off immensely! Yet like any other business or investment it has its risks, especially for newbies!
So before you even get started, understand that when you see the winners on the podium at the race track, these guys and girls have dedicated a lot of time and sometimes money into finding the right dog, the right trainer and the right set of ingredients to come up with a winning formula.
The other thing is that losses will always outweigh wins, always!
Never kid yourself. Don’t even consider getting into the Greyhounds if you think your going to come in and win every race. The facts are that most owners lose more often then they win. If your smart and you know how to do your numbers this shouldn’t scare you away though.
The Costs Involved
We are not claiming to be finance or economics experts but let’s take a fairly vague look at some of the costs involved in owning and racing a Greyhound.
$3000 for the dog, $100 a week for the trainer (including food), another $100 for tattooing and micro chipping and then lets say an average of $150 per month for supplements and or any Veterinary bills, $110 for naming, $6-$20 for trialing etc so on and so forth.
So in your first month you may be looking at $3,500 or MORE…! Depending mainly on the price of your dog and what sort of training you signed up to as some trainers wont charge anything and will simply do a 50/50 split on any prize money winnings.
Don’t take what I’m saying here as gospel in terms of costs. There are so many other costs like kenneling, rearing if you decide to buy a pup, breaking in, travel costs, trailers if need be and you have not even raced yet!
In other words, unless you have really, really deep pockets you need your dog to notch a win or place fairly quickly!
However when you do win you could be pocketing a nice lump sum of money.
Prize money differs depending on country and city races and a few other criteria that we won’t get into right here. It’s good to note though that some of the highest ever recorded prize winning over a career are usually between 400k and 500k. Nothing like a race horse, but still a hell of a lot of money! And that’s not even considering the money you can make breeding the dog after it’s career is over
Where to Buy a Pup or Racing Greyhound
You will need to think about whether you want to buy a puppy or a race ready dog.
There can be pro’s and con’s and then some on both sides of the fence.
For example; if you buy a puppy it doesn’t matter what genetic history they have from their parents you still take a gamble as you will never really know what they are like at racing until they race. This can be problem or it can be a massive benefit if you do your research and stumble across a bit of luck!
If you decide to get a race dog, your going to know it’s track record and hence know what you are buying instantly without having to wait months or years for it to race like you would with a puppy.
It’s a decision your going to have to make at one point and the best advice is to do your research, speak to breeders, speak to current owners and see if you can strike a good deal.
Or alternatively if you know what you want specifically, we advise you to post a Greyhound WANTED Ad like the ones listed right HERE. If you don’t have an account all you have to do is register for an account here and then start posting your ads!
We of course are totally 100% biased as to where you get a dog from and recommend our own website, but that doesn’t mean you cant look in other places or just do what other do and head to the track for a bit of word of mouth!
What to do NEXT?
Greyhound Puppies: If you went for the pup option you now need to get him or her into a rearing program, usually for about 12 months but it depends on how old they are when you buy them and then need to have them broken in for the race track!
A lot of times if you have a contact such as a trainer or someone you find to do your rearing and or breaking in these people will usually put you onto other people such as Vets, trainers etc.
Your pup may need to be earmarked/branded (tattooed) if it hasn’t already or it may need micro chipping depending on what state or territory you live and operate out of. Please do your due diligence and check with states laws and regulations. Most times this should already be done buy the owner prior to your purchase but we want you to know that we have heard of cases where this was not done and you may need to have it done yourself.
Once your pup has been prepared for the track you it will need to give him or her a race name! Yipee! This is the fun part.
There are some regulation involved obviously and you will need to read up on these. You can read all the information you need on Greyhound naming as well as finding information on registering the name over at: http://www.galtd.org.au/GreyhoundsAustralasia/index.php?q=node/37
You can also reserve a name here: http://www.galtd.org.au/GreyhoundsAustralasia/files/Reserve%20Name%20Form.pdf
Check for name availability here: http://www.galtd.org.au/GreyhoundsAustralasia/index.php?q=node/38
And don’t forget to read the 22 rules here: http://www.galtd.org.au/GreyhoundsAustralasia/index.php?q=node/37
At this stage you should have found a trainer. If not we suggest you either search through our list of trainers here or alternatively if you cant find what you are looking for you should post a Trainer Wanted Ad here, after registering.
Your trainer will normally organize a whole bunch of other things for you such as VET visits, trialing and testing, racing registration (MARKING), finding a catcher etc. If not we suggest you head down to your local Greyhound Racing Track and they will have all the necessary forms as well as putting you onto a catcher and person responsible for marking and formal registration as well as telling you the trial dates and costs.
For the future we aim at setting up a LISTINGS feature on our website which will have an entire list of breeders, trainers, race tracks, officials, VETS and so on. With all of their contact details. Stay tuned.
Your dog will be ready to race once it has been registered or marked, been through its race preparation (breaking), been trialed with other maiden greyhounds and raced in a trial maiden race and you are given the green light by the racing officials in your chosen state and at the race track.
Pretty much the same applies to racing greyhounds as with puppies except for the obvious things like getting them race ready.
Once you have found your racing greyhound it’s now time to get yourself a trainer, get your dog down to the trials and obviously have them registered and marked under your details.
The Next Step is WINNING!
Once your dog has started racing the boring parts are over. Unfortunately there has to be a lot of regulation and paperwork to get your dog onto the track, but once that is all done you can focus on your dogs training, it’s health and getting it to win!
We wish we could tell you what the winning formula is, but lets be realistic here…
From knowing what we know, we honestly and sincerely believe that finding and paying for a top quality racing greyhound or puppy, hiring an experienced and knowledgeable trainer with a winning history and investing in your dogs health and well being are probably the most critical things you can do in order to achieve the success that you so desperately want and need!
If you don’t get that mixture right its hard to win.
You can have the best trainer in the world, but if your greyhound runs more like a British Bulldog then you have no luck. On the other hand you could have the best dog, the best trainer but your dog may be getting over or under raced which could cause health and well being issues and then your stuffed and so is your dog!
It has been proven time and time again that a happy dog is a winning dog!
And remember at the end of the day you are still taking a gamble so only invest what you can afford to lose.
We’d also like to add a special notice here about greyhound adoption. Once your dog is retired from racing you should think about keeping him or her as a family pet or alternatively putting the Greyhound up for adoption with GAP. We strongly advocate Greyhound adoption, as you will read in our blog post titled OzGreyhoundSales Does NOT Support Greyhound Adoption. And we want to see all retired racing Greyhounds living happy, healthy and full filling lives once their careers are over and we honestly believe that it can be achieved.
So on that note, we’d like to wish you all the best in your Greyhound racing adventures!
If you want to start your journey off on the right foot, head on over to our Greyhound Classified Ads Website, register and browse for a winner or post a wanted ad!