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:

Briefing on amendments to National Grading System Rules 27th August

Grading Tables 

Below are the bands for the Standard 525 yard Distance. The comprehensive grading tables for all the Sprint, Middle Distance, Novice and Long Distancecan be viewed and downloaded in the link below.

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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

  

Qualifying Rules

Novice Greyhound

A Novice (unraced) greyhound must be qualified over the Distance which the greyhound is nominated to race over i.e. Sprint Distances 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 greyhound that is out of time and has previously qualified over 525 is allowed to re-qualify over the Sprint or 525 Distances.

A Novice greyhound only qualified over the Sprint Distance can only race in a Sprint. He must qualify over 525 to race over 525

A Novice greyhound can enter an OPEN(NO, SO, SSO, AO, AAO) race 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 over the Sprint or 525 Distance 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 back graded 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 greyhound competing in a race with raced greyhounds, or a sweep with 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) e.g. if greyhounds achieve A1 time over the Middle Distance then the greyhounds will advance to S1/A1 Grade. 

 

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 if the greyhound has not previously recorded a better time than A3 Grade.

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. This applies for all Novice greyhounds achieving in excess of S3 time in first race/trial or trial after its first race which have not previously recorded a better time than A3 Grade i.e. such greyhounds will not be lowered from A3 to A4 for their second race.

 

Back Grading– Sprint and Middle Distances

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

A greyhound will only be back graded on completion of three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint or Middle Distances. The greyhound will be lowered one grade from its current Grade on completion of this three race cycle.

A greyhound competing in Sprint and Middle Distance races will break the three race cycle for back grading purposes if the greyhound races over a different category of Distance (Sprint or Middle Distances only) i.e. if a greyhound runs two consecutive unsuccessful races over 525 and the greyhound then runs a Sprint this will nullify the three race cycle for back grading purposes over Middle Distances. The same rule applies to the Sprint (S) category.

A Greyhound competing in the Hurdle category or in the Long Distance category will not nullify the three race cycle for back grading purposes over Sprint or Middle Distances.

Back Grading – For Grades S3/A3 and for Grades better than S3/A3

1) Greyhounds of Grade S3/A3 to Grade S9/A9 - Greyhounds will be back graded over both the ‘S’ and ‘A’ Grade when they have run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over the same category of Distance i.e. when they have run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint Distances or when they have run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Middle Distances, e.g. a greyhound which is S3/A3 will be back graded to S4/A4 if it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint Distances or if it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Middle Distances. A greyhound running a trial within this sequence of races is still eligible for back grading

2) Greyhounds of Grade S2 to SO and Greyhounds of Grade A2 to AO-  A greyhound will only be back graded over a category of Distance (i.e. either ‘S’ or ‘A’) when it has run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over that category of Distance i.e. a greyhound will only be back graded over Sprint Distances when the greyhound has run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint Distances and the greyhound will only be back graded over Middle Distances when the greyhound has run three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Middle Distance, e.g. a greyhound which is S1/A1 will be back graded to S2/A1 if it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Sprint Distances and will be back graded to S1/A2 if it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over Middle Distances.  A greyhound running a trial within this sequence of races is still eligible for back grading.

3) Greyhounds of Grade SSO and Greyhounds of Grade AAO- Greyhounds will only be back graded over a category of Distance (‘S’ or ‘A’) under the following conditions:
(1) It must have ran three consecutive unsuccessful races in a row over the same category of Distance and will only be back graded over that category of Distance (i.e. Sprint or Middle Distance)
(2) It must not have recorded SS0 or AAO time in any of the three consecutive unsuccessful races

(3) Recording an SSO or AAO time in a trial between races will reset the three race cycle over both categories of Distance (‘S’ or ‘A’).

 

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.

 

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.

A greyhound will be back graded when it runs three consecutive unsuccessful races over Distance races  

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 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.

A greyhound listed to race on a race card, which has been entered by the owner or trainer, and subsequently does not run will be prohibited from being listed on a subsequent race card for a period of 7 days save where the greyhound has been withdrawn by the Stewards.

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.

August 2018

 Click Here to download the Grading Bands tables

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

<=16.19

<=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

 

Track Ratings

 

As part of the ongoing review of Track Ratings on a national basis, Bord na gCon has recently reviewed the track ratings applied to licensed Stadia under normal conditions. Two such reviews were conducted in 2017 and the most recent analysis of track ratings incorporated race results from May 1st 2017 to May 1st 2018.

 

Click Here to download the new track ratings.

 

The methodology in deriving and application of track ratings has been independently assessed. The results from the most recent review confirm a reduction in the number of groups  i.e. 7 groups will now be reduced to six.

 

 Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6
Sprint

0.05 Fast

Normal

-0.05 Slow

-0.10 Slow

-0.20 Slow

-0.20 slow

Middle

0.10 Fast

Normal

-0.10 Slow

-0.20 Slow

-0.40 Slow

-0.80 Slow

Long

 

 

 

 

 

 

≤ 800 Yards

0.10 Fast

Normal

-0.10 Slow

-0.25 Slow

-0.50 Slow

-1.0 Slow

> 800 Yards

0.15 Fast

Normal

-0.15 Slow

-0.30 Slow

-0.60 Slow

-1.20 Slow

 

Cork

Dundalk

Drumbo

Longford

Kilkenny

Mullingar

 

 

Shelbourne

Tralee

Lifford

Thurles

 

 

 

Waterford

 

Clonmel

Enniscorthy

 

 

 

Limerick

 

Newbridge

Youghal

 

 

 

 

 

Galway

 

 

 

                                   

 

Going rates are levied from Shelbourne Park going which is set at Normal (Sand).

 

The proposed Track Ratings do not affect the  authority of the Stewards of a Meeting to rate a track according to weather and surface conditions experienced at a particular Meeting.

 

The above Track Ratings will take effect from and including Monday June 25th 2018.

 

 

 

Bord na gCon

 

20/6/2018.