SPORT ON THE INTERNET: British Greyhound Racing Board Site Covers All Bases for Newcomers and Aficionados Alike
Oldfield, Andy, The Independent (London, England)
THE GREYHOUND Grand National at Wimbledon tomorrow is one of the more high-profile dog races, with live screening by Sky Sports potentially opening the sport to a wider audience. However, newcomers with a yen to learn about the dogs will not get much joy on Sky Sport's website - greyhound racing as a category does not exist on its menu system and using the site search engine does not return any meaningful results.
Sporting Life is a better option for news, previews and tips as it has a fairly comprehensive section dedicated to the dogs. The site is mostly aimed at punters who already know their way around a racecard, with online cards and a results section with full starting prices. There is also a live meeting feature that tells you race lengths and grades, which dog has drawn which trap, the latest odds, and whether the dogs are parading, entering the trap or running.
Live commentary in selected meetings is available in Windows Media format. You will need to check on the day whether Wimbledon will be covered or not as the information is not available beforehand. The constant launching of pop-up ad windows mars an otherwise excellent set of pages.
One of the best sites for newcomers is the official British Greyhound Racing Board site. It had an effective redesign earlier this year, part of the brief for which was to meet the needs of new as well as regular users. For old hands, there are results from the Press Association. For newcomers, there is a canine hall of fame plus a plethora of advice, from the intricacies of betting and deciphering racecards, through how to assess dogs by understanding grading and form.
There is also an introduction to buying and breeding greyhounds, which is expanded on at a different site, Greyhound Data. Based in Germany, its outlook is global and its databases extensive, whether your interests lie in racing or greyhound genealogy. …