By William Hill
Last Updated: 8th September 2020
Greyhound racing is extremely popular in the UK and every punter will have their own unique system when placing a bet at one of the many tracks which are located around the country. There are plenty of meetings taking place on a daily basis and it can often be difficult to follow the progress of every single race. Luckily, William Hill’s Betting TV now provides coverage of all UK BAGS greyhound races, allowing fans of the sport access to top tracks such as Newcastle, Towcester, Romford and Hove.
Greyhound racing enthusiasts will generally consider a number of aspects before finalising their bets and one of the things to take into consideration is the trainer. Some of the best handlers in the UK regularly send dogs around the country, although others may specialise in just one particular region. Others may predominantly aim train charges at one specific track. They are hugely savvy operators who should never be underestimated and they always send their greyhounds out believing they can win. We take a look at some of the key trainers in the UK.
This is one of the more powerful yards in the UK, which regularly has over 100 dogs in training at any given point, with 186 runners currently in training. Cahill has fired in 280 winners during the course of 2019 so far from 1,575 runners – a win percentage of 17.78%. A former Greyhound Trainer of the Year and Trainers Championship winner, one of his greatest achievements came in 2017 when he was responsible for the Astute Missile, who surprised many greyhound ante-post backers when securing the Greyhound Derby title at a huge price of 28/1. The majority of Cahill’s runners will feature at Hove but the trainer isn’t afraid to send his representatives further afield with the occasional greyhound travelling to Romford or Central Park.
Towcester’s Mark Wallis is another former Greyhound Derby winner with a large string of classy runners who regularly take to the track and he is currently training 148. Wallis has clocked up 226 winners from his first 1,267 runners of 2019, giving him a win percentage of 17.84% and many of the bigger price participants regularly finish in the place positions at decent odds. He is considered one of the country’s leading lights and he has finished as the champion trainer every year between 2012 and 2018. The majority of Wallis’ runners this year have featured at Henlow with some also given a run out at Crayford.
A four-time Greyhound Derby winner, Nick Savva is a name synonymous with the sport and still continues to fire in regular winners. Currently training 18 runners, the Cypriot, who has also won the Trainers Championship on four different occasions, has sent out 25 winners during the 2019 season to date from 193 races at Henlow, a win rate of 12.95%. He sent out over 80 winners during the 2017 season, which proved to be an extremely profitable twelve months for connections, and a further 55 in 2018.
One of the most experienced hands in the greyhound game is the astute John Mullins. He regularly sends runners to both Yarmouth and Towcester, with 41 winners from 184 runners at Yarmouth this year, a win rate of 22.28%, and 65 from 308 in 2018. He is currently training 62 runners. Mullins attributes his success to ensuring each of his runners races at the correct track and over the most suitable distance. It’s that attention to detail which has afforded him so much success over the years and his dogs should seldom be overlooked.
It’s been a strong 2019 for Angela Harrison, who has secured this year’s Trainers Championship. That is down to her 258 wins from 1,572 runners at Newcastle in 2019, a success rate of 16.41%. Harrison, whose Droopys Expert came fifth at this year’s English Greyhound Derby, is currently training 129 runners.
P. W. Young
When it comes to most wins on the board this year, look no further than PW Young, who has recorded a mammoth 662 winners in 2019. That comes from a total of 4,095 runners at Romford, leading to a 16.16% win rate, and follows on from the 950 wins from 5,842 runners he had at Romford and Towcester in 2018. Young is currently training 364 runners.
H. F. Williams
Sometimes it’s recommended to look out for the smaller yards as they are regularly able to place more emphasis on the details of specific races and contests. This trainer had a 50% win rate from his first ten runners at Pelaw Grange in 2019 and despite only having six representatives, a profit of £3.75 per £1 staked isn’t a bad record to boast. In 2018 he had a 25% win rate from his first 12 runners.
There are a huge number of trainers who enjoy the thrill of greyhound racing and it is always advised to pay attention to those who have a positive record at any of the tracks. Whether you’re placing a bet at Swindon, Sheffield, Doncaster or Hove, it’s always a hugely important aspect of a sport which relies heavily on know-how and experience.