one of the most popular animal racing sports in the world.
The greyhounds chase a mechanical lure, typically an artificial
is traditionally called a hare. The hare is started about
half a circuit
behind the start. When it passes a point near the starting
traps, it automatically triggers the gate and releases
the dogs. Should the dogs catch or overtake the lure, the
stewards declare the race void.
can cover 480 meters in approximately 28 seconds, twice
the speed of a typical athlete. The minimum age at which
a greyhound may run on all tracks is 15 months and will
usually be at its best when 2½ to 3½ years
the dogs are normally docile creatures, they become very
excited when they race, and there are times when a runner
may turn its head aggressively on another runner. It
is for this reason that the competitors wear muzzles
when they race so that they can''t do harm.
winner of a greyhound race is the dog whose nose
first reaches the winning line. The position of the feet
not taken into account. Greyhound racing finishes are
photographed and where the result is close the judge
negative or a print before declaring the order of the
most popular greyhound racing surface today is sand.
At one time, grass was the norm as this was both picturesque
and fast-running. However, it became too difficult and
expensive to maintain in a satisfactory racing condition
through the winter. Sand, on the other hand, is cheaper
and easier to keep in good condition.
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