“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” -Winston Churchill
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If sensible discipline is applied there is no reason why anybody who employs hard work can’t win money at horse racing betting. It is important to remember that an 8/1 winner pays out the same odds whether it’s in a Gold Cup, or a seller at Plumpton.
To be a successful gambler you do not need to confine yourself to betting only on group races (if you don’t so wish), as value can be found in a wide variety of contests. Of course, if you want to win, one of the most important things for you to do is make sure things are in your favour. So, be sure to read our bookmakers reviews and take advantage of the generous free bet sign up offers available to our users! The strategy and tips section below will give you all the necessary grounding to start picking some winners!
- Focus on specific areas of racing to get a good knowledge of the form (i.e. Novice Chasers in NH season and sprinters during flat season).
- There is never a “last race”, don’t chase.
- Don’t bet when drunk! This is not easy when you are on an outing to Royal Ascot!
- Look for horses that can handle the stated going.
- During the course of a days’ racing check time figures, and performances of confirmed going horses to see if there is an inaccuracy with the official going – if there is use that knowledge to have a winning bet!
- Chose a runner that has good form at the track, or over a similar course.
- If you are at the meeting, take advantage of spending five minutes observing the runners in the paddock, don’t consider heavy sweaters (unless known to perform well when doing so), and horses that are “on their toes”.
- Make sure the horse is running over a trip that suits.
- Be wary of handicap horses being run over an inadequate distance as this strategy is used by connections to get a horse well handicapped.
- Look for horses whose handicap mark has fallen to a level where they have previously won.
- In Handicaps don’t overlook progressive horses that may still not be in the handicappers grasp, and be sceptical of runners whose career is tailing off, they probably won’t be able to replicate the form they showed three years back when they were at their peak levels.
- Buy the Racing Post each day, and subscribe to the racing channels.
- When a bet is decided on visit Sportsbook Guardian to see which sports bookmaker offers the best value.
- Pedigree is worth exploring for unexposed flat horses, in particular for two and three year olds. Typically less important for exposed types with lots of collateral form.
- Avoid short priced runners that are showing signs of a temperament issue. This is sometimes (though far from always) demonstrated by use of headgear to sort concentration.
- Be careful backing French bred chasers in large field races where their small size can see them come off badly in traffic problems.
- “The Clock” is not as important as in greyhound racing, though is of growing benefit to gamblers looking to make a profit on all weather racing.
- Analyse races with a clear betting shape; these tend to be medium field sizes with a clear favourite that can ideally be ruled out. It will free up more time than confining attention to massive field races with all horses having wide open prospects. This can come down to personal preference however.
- It’s beneficial to have a jockey whose riding style suits the runner.
- If you don’t like a jockey who is riding your selection, consider not betting, or reducing stake.
- Take the draw into consideration when backing flat runners, especially over shorter distances.
- When the horse goes to post a flowing gallop is a positive, if it gallops too fast (in the process using up energy) then it is a bad sign.
- It’s very important to make sure a Trainer’s yard isn’t subject to illness (demonstrable by a drop in form).
- When a yard returns from illness big betting profits can be achieved as the horses are often overlooked by betting public and kindly treated by the Handicapper.
- Try to run the race in your mind, think about the pace, and whether it’s looking likely to suit front runners or late finishers.
- Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, always try to back value when selecting odds. It helps if you take the added offers on Sportsbook Guardian to truly stack the deck in your favour!