Greyhound racing is beginning to see encouraging signs of renewed interest in Ireland and the UK, with attendances on the increase and gambling revenue reaching new levels. Gambling on greyhounds has always been considered the working man’s sport, but with most of the major tracks now offering vastly improved hospitality facilities greyhound racing is reaching a much wider audience. Greyhound racing fans will know of course that tonight sees one of the top greyhound gambling races of the greyhound calendar, with the Grand National being staged at Wimbledon for a first prize of £7,500. It looks as if Blackwall Prince will start as favourite from trap 6, with Forest Rico and Farloe Skywalker the main rivals for the big prize. Closer to home for Irish greyhound racing fans, Shelbourne Park is already gearing up for their big greyhound gambling event on 10th September, with the Irish greyhound Derby and the Derby Plate. Greyhound gamblers looking for ante post gambling opportunities on these two races will find both Paddy Power and Ladbrokes picking the same top four dogs in both races, although the odds are currently slightly different. Clear favourite for greyhound fans gambling on the Irish Derby is Razidazi George at 9/4 with Paddy Power and 2/1 with Ladbrokes, with Rockchase Bullet and Razidazi Bugatti leading the challengers. Ante post gambling odds on the Derby Plate sees Ladbrokes with joint favourites in Smooth Daddy and Cian Jamie at 7/2, and although Paddy Power were recently offering Cian Jamie at 12/1 the odds are now down to 4/1. For many gamblers, gambling on greyhound racing can appear to be somewhat riskier than horse racing, because of the absence of the jockey’s influence, but with just 6 traps and relatively short distances leading to quick results, greyhound gambling has a very solid fan base and a great future. Give it a try.