There are many things to consider when betting on horse racing. Indeed so many that it can seem a daunting task with so many thousands of races throughout the year. There are key signs to look out for however if you want to consistently find more winners.
Nothing is set in stone and as with any form of gambling there are no guarantees. That said, if you learn to follow the advice below you are sure to start understanding when a bet on a certain horse may offer more value.
Given that one of the most difficult aspects of picking winners when betting on horse racing, is whether or not your selection is running to win on the day. You can often scratch your head in amazement in lower class races as horses that would seem to have less chance than others go in day after day!
What signs can you now look out for in order to back more winners?
Annual stable patterns
Firstly start to realise that sometimes results are not as random as they seem! Check the racing post to see which horse won the race last year and therefore which trainer. You will find many trainers targeting certain races throughout the year.
This may be because they have a good feel for the race and train one specifically for that event. Or that quite often certain stables start to perform at specific times of the year. This training ‘pattern’ is very worth keeping an eye out for. Nicky Henderson really starts to fire in November and early December, as Clive Britain tends to get his three year olds off to a flying start in April and Early May. These trends can change over time, but begin to understand that due to varying training methods and facilities, these patterns are not as random as you might first think!
Trainer Strike Rates
Making money long term betting on horse racing is about picking winners? To do that, if you consider that the more you focus on horses that cannot win a race the more likely you are to find a winner that can!
If you use this theory and start looking to find favourites that are short in price and can learn to get them beaten then you are on route to more betting success. So learning to use trainer strike rates when considering every bet is a shrewd and necessary method of form reading.
A 6/4 favourite that is being over hyped in the market from a yard that let’s say has a strike rate at this imaginary track today of zero winners from forty two attempts is most definitely worth taking on! One of the horses fancied with a bigger price from a yard with a twenty percent strike at the track is very likely to upset the favourite backers.
It is not your job as a punter betting on horse racing to work out why a trainer strikes well at a track. Just use the statistics to your advantage, as they do not lie! Let others follow in these false favourites and enjoy winning their money.
Betting on horse racing successfully is about thinking outside of the box, and where possible going against the common train of thought! Around 98% of punters lose, so the majority are not right most of the time! Really learn to use these tools above to start uncovering more winners at the races when betting on horse racing.