National Grading System Rules & Tables

This section contains detailed information on grading and all associated rules, distance tables etc.  The information is contained in sections:

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Track Ratings

Bord na gCon wishes to announce that the following Track Ratings are to be applied under normal circumstances, as part of the Grading System.

 Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7
 Sprint 0.05 Fast Normal -0.05 Slow -0.10 Slow -0.15 Slow -0.20 Slow See Note 1
 Middle 0.10 Fast Normal -0.10 Slow -0.20 Slow -0.30 Slow -0.40 Slow -0.80 Slow
Long <=800 Yards 0.10 Fast Normal -0.10 Slow -0.25 Slow -0.40 Slow -0.50 Slow -1.0 Slow
Long >800 Yards 0.15 Fast Normal -0.15 Slow -0.30 Slow -0.45 Slow -0.60 Slow -1.20 Slow
               
  Cork Shelbourne Drumbo Park Longford Newbridge Kilkenny Derry
    Waterford Clonmel Lifford Harolds Cross Youghal Mullingar
    Tralee     Galway Thurles  
    Dundalk       Enniscorthy  
    Limerick          

 


Note 1. Mullingar will have a Sprint Rating of -0.20 Slow. Derry will have a Sprint Rating of -0.40 Slow.


The above Track Ratings will take effect from and including September 1st 2015 and will be reviewed continuously as part of the Boards commitment to ensure integrity and parity at all stadia. The above Track Ratings do not affect the ability of the Stewards of a Meeting to rate a track according to weather and surface conditions experienced at a particular Meeting.


Bord na gCon

24/8/2015.

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Grading Tables (effective from 31st March 2014)

Standard Bands - 525

BandTime
AA0/Open <=28.49
A0/Mini-Open 28.50 – 28.69
A1 28.70 - 28.89
A2 28.90 - 29.09
A3 29.10 - 29.29
A4 29.30 - 29.49
A5 29.50 - 29.69
A6 29.70 - 29.89
A7 29.90 - 30.09
A8 30.10 - 30.29
A9 30.30 - 30.49
A10 30.50 - 30.70

Bord na gCon wishes to announce that the following Track Ratings are to be applied under normal circumstances, as part of the Grading System

  

Qualifying Rules

 Novice Greyhound

A novice greyhound must qualify over the distance he nominates to race over i.e. sprint or 525.

Novice greyhounds must have completed two qualifying trials to be accepted for racing. However, greyhounds will only have to better or equal qualifying time in one of these trials to be deemed eligible for racing.

A novice dog that is out of time and has previously qualified over 525 is allowed to re-qualify over the sprint or 525 distances.

A greyhound only qualified over the sprint distance can only race in a sprint. He must qualify over 525 to race over 525.

A novice (unraced) greyhound can enter an OPENrace or event without having completed a trial at the host track.

Raced Greyhound

A raced greyhound running an ‘out of time’ trial must achieve qualifying time over the trial distance. He can re-trial over any distance and can finish in any position (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th) before he is accepted for racing.

A greyhound that has raced over the middle distance and wishes to qualify over the sprint distance may do so by running a trial over the sprint distance within the qualifying time (a solo trial will suffice).The same rule will apply to a greyhound that has raced over the sprint distance only and wishes to qualify over the middle distance.

In the event of a Novice or Raced greyhound failing to complete a Race or an Official Qualifying Trial (DNF) then the greyhound must successfully complete an Official Qualifying Trial before the greyhound can be accepted for racing.

 

Promotions in Grade

Novice Greyhound

A novice greyhound will be placed one grade lower than his time suggests on
conclusion of his first race (trial times included) e.g. a greyhound achieving A5 time will be lowered to A6. In the case of a Novice greyhound doing Open (AAO) time in his first race he is backgraded to Mini-Open (AO).

A novice greyhound on completion of his first race that runs a trial(s) prior to his second race, will be lowered a grade from highest grade achieved (trial times are taken into account)

A novice dog competing in a race with raced greyhounds, or a sweep open to raced greyhounds, is eligible to enter in a race/sweep one grade lower than his qualifying time suggests (unless the conditions of the stake exclude novices).

Raced Greyhound

A raced greyhound (second & subsequent races) will advance to the grade equal to the time achieved (winning or estimated)

 

Sprint Correlation

There is a direct correlation between grades ‘S’ and ‘A’ up to and including grade ’S3’ and ‘A3’.

A greyhound achieving a sprint time in excess of S3 will only advance to grade A3 over the standard classification.

A novice greyhound that runs its first race over the sprint distance will be allotted an ‘S’ grade and an ‘A’ grade (if qualified over the 525 distance).

A novice achieving Open (SSO) time in its first race/trial, or a trial after its first race, will be lowered to Mini-Open grade (SO) over the sprint category and to grade ‘A3’ over the standard classification.

 

Hurdle Classification

A greyhound running a hurdle trial will be assigned a hurdle grade based on the hurdle table.

A hurdle greyhound will not receive a drop in grade on completion of his first race.

A hurdle greyhound will be back graded when it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races over Hurdles.

Racing over another category of distance will not break the back grading sequence.

A greyhound running an ‘out of time trial’ over the hurdle category must run his next race over hurdles. A hurdle trial will not bring a greyhound back in time to race over the flat. A flat trial will qualify a greyhound to race over the hurdles if previously qualified over the hurdles.

 

Back Grading

A greyhound will be back graded when it has run three consecutive unsuccessful races over the same category of distance i.e. 3 Sprint races, 3 Middle Distance races, 3 Long Distance races or 3 Hurdle races. A greyhound running a trial within this sequence of races is still eligible for back grading.

A novice greyhound’s first race is not counted as part of the back grading series of races (he must run three races excluding his first race).

A greyhound will be back graded on completion of the three race cycle. He will be lowered one grade from the grade achieved on completion of the three races.

A greyhound competing in Sprint, Middle and Long distance races will not break the three race cycle for back grading purposes if racing over the different categories of races i.e. if a greyhound runs two races over 525 and the greyhound then runs a Sprint, the Middle distance sequence accumulated recommences with the greyhound’s next middle distance race. The same rule applies to the Sprint (S) category and the Distance (D) category.

An Open (SSO) grade greyhound will only be back graded under the following conditions:
(1) It must have ran three consecutive unsuccessful races over the same category of distance - racing over another category of distance will not break the three race cycle
(2) It must not have recorded Open (SS0) time in all three consecutive races

An Open (AAO) grade greyhound will only be back graded under the following conditions:

(1) It must have ran three consecutive unsuccessful races over the same category of distance - racing over another category of distance will not break the three race cycle
(2) It must not have recorded Open (AA0) time in all three consecutive races

 

Grading Over Distances Greater Than 620 Yards

A greyhound must compete in a novice long distance race/event based on his ‘A’ grade before he is assigned a long distance grade.

On completion of his first long distance race, he is then assigned a grade based on the time achieved.

A greyhound can enter an OPEN (DDO) long distance event without competing in a novice race/event.

The grade achieved in the long distance category will not impact on the grade achieved over other classifications.

Racing over the long distance category will not nullify a back grading sequence of races over a different grading classification.

A greyhound will not be dropped a grade on completion of his first long distance race.

A greyhound running a long distance trial before he has raced over the long distance category will not be assigned a grade.

 

Withdrawal

A greyhound withdrawn from a race without an ACCEPTABLE explanation to the relevant Racing Officer will incur the following sanctions:

1.  It will be withdrawn from racing for 30 days.

2.  It will be required to run a fitness to race trial over the standard distance unless it was entered for a lesser distance in which case the trial can be over the lesser distance.

 

Sweepstakes

CONFINED EVENTS – A sweep that is confined by grade will take into account a greyhound’s complete grade history. He must not have achieved a higher grade at any time during his career

CURRENT GRADE EVENT – This event accepts greyhounds with a current grade equivalent to the advertised sweep grade. It is also called a ‘back graders sweep’. A greyhound’s past performances are not taken into account to determine eligibility

 

Seeding

All raced greyhounds are eligible for seeding. Novice greyhounds competing with raced greyhounds are also eligible for seeding.

 

English/International Form

 U.K. entries for specified events may be facilitated pursuant the agreement with the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (G.B.G.B.) where Special Authority for such events are issued.

UK/International Form must be procured and updated on the Irish Identity Card by Bord na gCon’s Regulation Department before such greyhounds are accepted for trials or racing in Ireland. 

This provision will not apply to UK trained greyhounds competing in events, with Special Authority granted by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (G.B.G.B.). 

Graded UK Greyhounds: Greyhounds arriving from the U.K. or any other racing jurisdiction will have to successfully complete at least two official qualifying trials, over the distance that it is intended to race the greyhound in Ireland before being accepted for racing. In the case where it is intended to race over long distance races, two trials over the 525 yards distance will suffice. 

Open class greyhounds (AAO and AO, SSO and SO, DDO and DO and HO) will be exempted from this provision when the greyhounds last line of form is within 42 days from its proposed race in Ireland.  

The setting of the appropriate grade of a greyhound with overseas form will be established by the Regulation Department in consultation with the Racing Management at the relevant race track.

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Middle Distance Grading Bands

 525500550570575600620
AAO

<=28.49

<=27.14

<=29.84

<=30.92

<=31.19

<=32.54

<=33.62

A0

28.50 - 28.69

27.15 - 27.34

29.85 - 30.04

30.93 -31.12

31.20 - 31.39

32.55 - 32.74

33.63 - 33.82

A1

28.70 - 28.89

27.35 - 27.54

30.05 - 30.24

31.13 - 31.32

31.40 - 31.59

32.75 - 32.94

33.83 - 34.02

A2

28.90 - 29.09

27.55 - 27.74

30.25 - 30.44

31.33 - 31.52

31.60 - 31.79

32.95 - 33.14

34.03 - 34.22

A3

29.10 - 29.29

27.75 - 27.94

30.45 - 30.64

31.53 - 31.72

31.80 - 31.99

33.15 - 33.34

34.23 - 34.42

A4

29.30 - 29.49

27.95 - 28.14

30.65 - 30.84

31.73 - 31.92

32.00 - 32.19

33.35 - 33.54

34.43 - 34.62

A5

29.50 - 29.69

28.15 - 28.34

30.85 - 31.04

31.93 - 32.12

32.20 - 32.39

33.55 - 33.74

34.63 - 34.82

A6

29.70 - 29.89

28.35 - 28.54

31.05 - 31.24

32.13 - 32.32

32.40 - 32.59

33.75 - 33.94

34.83 - 35.02

A7

29.90 - 30.09

28.55 - 28.74

31.25 - 31.44

32.33 - 32.52

32.60 - 32.79

33.95 - 34.14

35.03 - 35.22

A8

30.10 - 30.29

28.75 - 28.94

31.45 - 31.64

32.53 - 32.72

32.80 - 32.99

34.15 - 34.34

35.23 - 35.42

A9

30.30 - 30.49

28.95 - 29.14

31.65 - 31.84

32.73 - 32.92

33.00 - 33.19

34.35 - 34.54

35.43 - 35.62

A10

30.50 - 30.70

29.15 - 29.35

31.85 - 32.05

32.93 - 33.13

33.20 - 33.40

34.55 - 34.75

35.63 - 35.83

 

Sprint Distance Grading Bands

 300325330335350360375400410
SSO

<=16.20

<=17.49

<=17.75

<=18.01

<=18.79

<=19.31

<=20.09

<=21.39

<=21.91

S0

16.20 - 16.29

17.50 - 17.59

17.76 - 17.85

18.02 - 18.11

18.80 - 18.89

19.32 - 19.41

20.10 - 20.19

21.40 - 21.49

21.92 - 22.01

S1

16.30 - 16.39

17.60 - 17.69

17.86 - 17.95

18.12 - 18.21

18.90 - 18.99

19.42 - 19.51

20.20 - 20.29

21.50 - 21.59

22.02 - 22.11

S2

16.40 - 16.49

17.70 - 17.79

17.96 - 18.05

18.22 - 18.31

19.00 - 19.09

19.52 - 19.61

20.30 - 20.39

21.60 - 21.69

22.12 - 22.21

S3

16.50 - 16.59

17.80 - 17.89

18.06 - 18.15

18.32 - 18.41

19.10 - 19.19

19.62 - 19.71

20.40 - 20.49

21.70 - 21.79

22.22 - 22.31

S4

16.60 - 16.69

17.90 - 17.99

18.16 - 18.25

18.42 - 18.51

19.20 - 19.29

19.72 - 19.81

20.50 - 20.59

21.80 - 21.89

22.32 - 22.41

S5

16.70 - 16.79

18.00 - 18.09

18.26 - 18.35

18.52 - 18.61

19.30 - 19.39

19.82 - 19.91

20.60 - 20.69

21.90 - 21.99

22.42 - 22.51

S6

16.80 - 16.89

18.10 - 18.19

18.36 - 18.45

18.62 - 18.71

19.40 - 19.49

19.92 - 20.01

20.70 - 20.79

22.00 - 22.09

22.52 - 22.61

S7

16.90 - 16.99

18.20 - 18.29

18.46 - 18.55

18.72 - 18.81

19.50 - 19.59

20.02 - 20.11

20.80 - 20.89

22.10 - 22.19

22.62 - 22.71

S8

17.00 - 17.09

18.30 - 18.39

18.56 - 18.65

18.82 - 18.91

19.60 - 19.69

20.12 - 20.21

20.90 - 20.99

22.20 - 22.29

22.72 - 22.81

S9

17.10 - 17.29

18.40 - 18.59

18.66 - 18.85

18.92 - 19.11

19.70 - 19.89

20.22 - 20.41

21.00 - 21.19

22.30 - 22.49

22.82 - 23.01

S10

17.30 - 17.50

18.60 - 18.80

18.86 - 19.06

19.12 - 19.32

19.90 - 20.10

20.42 - 20.62

21.20 - 21.40

22.50 - 22.70

23.02 - 23.22

 

Long Distance Grading Bands

 7007508058108308458501010
DDO

<=38.99

<=41.99

<=45.29

<=45.59

<=46.79

<=47.69

<=47.99

<=57.59

D0

39.00 - 39.19

42.00 - 42.19

45.30 - 45.49

45.60 - 45.79

46.80 - 46.99

47.70 - 47.89

48.00 - 48.19

57.60 - 57.79

DI

39.20 - 39.39

42.20 - 42.39

45.50 - 45.69

45.80 - 45.99

47.00 - 47.19

47.90 - 48.09

48.20 - 48.39

57.80 - 57.99

D2

39.40 - 39.69

42.40 - 42.69

45.70 - 45.99

46.00 - 46.29

47.20 - 47.49

48.10 - 48.39

48.40 - 48.69

58.00 - 58.29

D3

39.70 - 39.99

42.70 - 42.99

46.00 - 46.29

46.30 - 46.59

47.50 - 47.79

48.40 - 48.69

48.70 - 48.99

58.30 - 58.59

D4

40.00 - 40.29

43.00 - 43.29

46.30 - 46.59

46.60 - 46.89

47.80 - 48.09

48.70 - 48.99

49.00 - 49.29

58.60 - 58.89

D5

40.30 - 40.59

43.30 - 43.59

46.60 - 46.89

46.90 - 47.19

48.10 - 48.39

49.00 - 49.29

49.30 - 49.59

58.90 - 59.19

D6

40.60 - 40.89

43.60 - 43.89

46.90 - 47.19

47.20 - 47.49

48.40 - 48.69

49.30 - 49.59

49.60 - 49.89

59.20 - 59.49

D7

40.90 - 41.19

43.90 - 44.19

47.20 - 47.49

47.50 - 47.79

48.70 - 48.99

49.60 - 49.89

49.90 - 50.09

59.50 - 59.79

D8

41.20 - 41.50

44.20 - 44.50

47.50 - 47.80

47.80 - 48.10

49.00 - 49.30

49.90 - 50.20

50.10 - 50.40

59.80 - 60.10

 

Hurdle Grading Bands

 300525550575
HO

<16.70

<29.50

<30.80

<32.10

H1

16.70 - 16.89

29.50 - 29.89

30.80 - 31.19

32.10 - 32.49

H2

16.90 - 16.99

29.90 - 30.19

31.20 - 31.49

32.50 - 32.79

H3

17.00 - 17.29

30.20 - 30.49

31.50 - 31.79

32.80 - 33.09

H4

17.30 - 18.70

30.50 - 32.00

31.80 - 33.30

33.10 - 34.60

 

Novice Grading Bands

 525300325330350360375400
OPEN

<29.80

<16.80

<18.10

<18.36

<19.40

<19.92

<20.70

<22.00

N1

29.80 - 30.09

16.80 - 16.99

18.10 - 18.29

18.36 - 18.55

19.40 - 19.59

19.92 - 20.11

20.70 - 20.89

22.00 - 22.19

N2

30.10 - 30.49

17.00 - 17.29

18.30 - 18.59

18.56 - 18.85

19.60 - 19.89

20.12 - 20.41

20.90 - 21.19

22.20 - 22.49

N3

30.50 - 30.70

17.30 - 17.50

18.60 - 18.80

18.86 - 19.06

19.90 - 20.10

20.42 - 20.62

21.20 - 21.40

22.50 - 22.70

 

Bord na gCon
21/8/2014