· Bet only on horses
you feel have a good chance of winning.
· If you don't like a horse, don't bet on it.
· Give preference to winners. Choose a horse that has won before.
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· Avoid betting on a horse that has just moved up in class.
· Look for value odds as much as likely winners. If you keep looking
for them, you will learn to spot them fairly quickly.
· Look for a horse that has a fair chance of winning and is not overly
backed. This is usually a good value bet in the long run. On odds of say, 10:1,
you need to win once in ten attempts to break even. Anything more is net profit.
Horses backed heavily by touting services and computer handicappers may win
more often, but are usually poor value bets.
· When the track is slow or heavy, give preference to fast starters.
Slow, muddy and heavy track conditions usually favor the horse that takes an
· A straight bet is simple, manageable and not too difficult to win.
Play it but always weigh up the odds. Avoid favorites and long shots (outsiders)
too. Be selective - don't bet on anything or everything.
· When betting straight, consider betting to win and show, or each-way,
if the odds are relatively high.
· The racebooks or bookmakers are very well informed and have a very
long experience in determining the odds. Their starting prices are usually excellent
indicators as to which horses are likely to be among the first three in a given
race. Sometimes the mass of the punters will put a lot of weight and money on
a horse which will then go to a false price and because of that the other prices
of horses will drift in the market, that is get longer. As a result a horse
shown favorite or second favorite in the early starting prices may then drop
down the list as the start of the race approaches and his odds improve significantly,
that is get longer. This doesn't always happen but when it does, bet on the
horse that was initially favorite. It is always a good value bet and in the
long run you should make a profit.
· If a horse is heavily backed just a few minutes before the start of
the race and his odds are sharply reduced, bet on it. This is a strong indication
that somebody has reliable favorable information about the horse that nobody
else is aware of.
· The horses to look out for in Lightweights Handicap Races are those
whose overall form shows that they are capable of winning, regardless of the
class of race in which they compete. Two or more wins in the form shown in newspapers
are often indication of a possible big win by a low weight. An added bonus is
they usually start at big prices.
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· When making selections, always give preference to a horse that ran
recently. A horse that has not raced for several weeks may have suffered some
setbacks like an injury or an illness. No matter how good his form was if it
is not recent, chances are the horse will not win.