It could be argued that there is nothing quite as exciting as betting on a horserace which is often over in mere seconds – blink and you’ll miss it.
As exciting as it is, picking a winning selection can be a tricky process if you don’t know what to look for, but this doesn’t mean you have be a horseracing expert.
The more knowledge you have the better of course and the secret to becoming a master horseracing bettor is to never stop learning. Here’s what to look for when selecting a winning racehorse.
The Basics of Making a Selection
There are 3 factors to keep in mind ahead of placing your bets:
1. Horseracing is unpredictable
The unpredictability of horseracing is arguably what makes it so exciting and it’s important to remember that the favourite will only win approximately 30% of the time.
In theory, each race is any horse’s race to win.
2. Many factors affect the outcome of a race
A horse may be the favourite to win, but this doesn’t mean it will actually take the race.
There are many factors which will affect the outcome of the race such as the type of track and the jockey.
3. You don’t have to always determine which horse will win the race
The secret to betting success isn’t selecting the horse most likely to win – unlike picking a winning slot at River Belle Casino, but identifying the horse where the odds are longer than they should be, also known as identifying value.
Analysing Races and Selections
Choosing a winning selection isn’t an exact science as there are too many factors to consider which far too many variables affecting the outcome.
As such, placing a successful horseracing wager is all about making estimates based on the information available. Here are a few of the many factors which must be considered ahead of placing a single wager:
- Current form of your selection
- Overall form of your selection
- Fitness and stamina
- Current form of the trainer
- Current form of the jockey
- Course record of the horse, jockey, and trainer
- Distance record
- Speed rating
- Track conditions
- Weight carried
- Class of race
- Expected pace of the race
Each of these factors must not be considered in isolation, but rather as part of the whole as each factor affects the other.
You should never back or dismiss a selection based solely on one or two factors, but rather consider all the information presented to make an educated selection.
Turning Information into Successful Wagers
There is no perfect system for selecting a winning racehorse and you’ll need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the horse and determine how these factors affect their chances of winning. As such, each bet has to be carefully considered as the same factors cannot be attributed to each horse chosen.
Patience is imperative and experience cannot be understated – the more time spent betting on horseracing, the better your chances of backing a winner.