Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services was formed in 1967 to provide a programme of greyhound meetings to be held in the afternoon.
The service was designed as a betting product for the high street (ie off-course bookmakers) and provided an alternative for betting shop customers when horse racing was cancelled due to adverse weather.
Greyhound racing had, until this point, taken place in the evening when betting shops were traditionally closed.
Today 18 of the GBGB racecourses hold BAGS races in the morning, afternoon and evenings, throughout the year. Generally admission is free.
The BAGS service will see the introduction of 20 new fixtures next year, a total of 2,304 meetings compared to 2,284 last year.