Published: 08:00, 09 July 2014
| Updated: 09:53, 09 July 2014
Magnifique was exactly that on Saturday with a top-drawer performance to win his S5 race over 540m in 34.03sec.
The win was largely due to a blistering start, which saw the Gemma Davidson-trained dog recording a sectional time over the first 160m of 12.95 – fast enough to win most races here.
While the dog was only in his eighth race here, this was his second win and he has not been out of the first three in all his events.
He is no newcomer, with more than 40 races at Brighton before appearing here in early May, and his efforts strongly suggest more wins are to be had.
While most greyhounds are not world beaters they are still amazingly consistent.
To put this into perspective, our racing strength are graded across eight levels of ability but the finish time difference between best and worst is as little as three quarters of a second over distances ranging from 380m up to 714m.
This is, of course, based on a dog having a clear run. So consistent are they that you will find eight one hundredths of a second equates exactly to one length of a dog in running.
Look at any race card – if a dog was beaten by two lengths its recorded time on the clock is exactly 16 spots slower than the winner.
Lesson over but the purpose here is to draw your attention to greyhounds that are consistent on the clock despite not having enjoyed a clear run because these are the types to win money.
The grade is an irrelevance, outweighed by a dog’s current consistency. So here is my greyhound that falls into this category.
Laveric Lady has had nine career races here and in eight recorded times within a range of 16 spots, despite whatever happened during the races which would have included crowding and bumping.
Two wins so far and two second places are good enough form lines to see her win again soon.
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