Betting on Horse Racing – Five Keys to Flat Success

Betting on horse racing brings great joy but also risk to the many involved with the industry. Making a potentially substantial second income is of great appeal to the many that bet regularly. Whether you are an old hand or complete novice there are a few things that can really help to stack the odds back in your favour.


Far too many people ignore the following points consistently and if not sometimes from time to time one here and then one there. Betting on horse racing is an investment for the professional and this attitude separates them from the ninety eight percent of punters who blindly gamble away their betting banks without success.


Trainer Form – Too often is this overlooked by too many. Anyone that takes their betting seriously will consider almost more than anything a trainers current or season form. It is not good backing a horse that yes is the best in the race but hails from a yard that have had 0 wins from 45 runners!! Another note to make here however is watch when this type of yard comes back in to form. The horses have been running below their best for whatever reason for a period and can be seen running to great effect as they are potentially well treated and handicapped with great improvement to come.


Horses For Courses! – Just like during the National Hunt season, some horses prefer certain courses. We have all heard the cliche but again far too many do not consider the gravity of such a statement when they bet with emotion! Certain horses prefer the hill at Towester and Cheltenham, the same is true at some tracks though the summer. Brighton, Goodwood and Windsor are all tracks that require potential course specialists that do not perform so well elsewhere. The opposite can also be true, so be sure to study these conditions and look for at least a course win.


Jockey Strike Rate -The Racing Post paper if you care to take five minutes, will highlight almost any statistic that you need to check with regards any race in the UK on any day. No matter how strong the selection looks, no matter how well backed or tipped. If the jockey on-board only has a 2-47 strike rate at the track learn to leave well alone. This is such a vital condition, like pro golfers that perform at certain courses. Some are able to judge and ride with more ability and therefore success at certain tracks. Ideally you want to see at least a fifteen percent strike rate at the course of your chosen race.


Trainer Strike Rate – Trainers are able to ready their horses more for some tracks than they are others due to the land and training facilities they own and therefore how they are able to train. It stands to reason that a trainer that trains his or her horses around steep turns is more likely to ready winners at tight and turning tracks such as Chester and Windsor. Always look for the relevant trainer stat at any track, again below fifteen percent learn to leave alone.


Travellers Check!? With the costs involved moving livestock around the country in specialised vehicles the stables sending out just one runner over two hundred miles need to be looked at seriously. It is very easy with the cost of fuel these days for a northern trainer to go home with a net loss if they do not pick up the winners purse. A trainer travelling horses over two hundred miles needs to be taken seriously as they certainly are sending out runners with intent.


Some of the above may seem glaringly obvious as all are well known yardsticks. If however you manage to ingrain these conditions into your deep subconscious you will better armed than before when it comes to successfully betting on horse racing. If any one of these statistics appears in the negative you will learn well to leave these selections alone and enjoy more consistent and fruitful betting.

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