Almost every survey of sports gambling activities in Ireland tends to conclude that horse racing and football remain the two most popular sports among sports gambling enthusiasts. There are however a number of other sports which are catching up fast, most notably greyhound racing. A great deal of work has been done over recent years to upgrade the tracks and improve the image of greyhound racing all over the country, and there are now seventeen greyhound racing tracks in Ireland all of which have full race programmes throughout the year and between them offer the opportunity for gambling on greyhound racing almost every day. Many people would argue that greyhound race gambling is far easier than gambling on horse racing, particularly for those wanting to see the racing live at the track. Almost all the greyhound tracks now offer fantastic hospitality facilities and an evening at the greyhound racing is now a very enjoyable and popular night out for an increasing number of sports gambling fans. Many greyhound race meetings are also screened live over the internet as well as being streamed to local betting shops, further improving the experience of gambling on greyhound racing. Upcoming Classics include the Billy Mulvanney Open 600 at Shelbourne Park on Saturday, the Redmills Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on the 19th and of course the Vetsearch Irish Grand National on the 1st November at Harolds Cross. There is no doubt that greyhound race gambling is on the up, and deserves to be. It’s great fun and a good evening out.