Horse racing is pure excitement.
The intensity of man and beast hurtling down the track at break-neck speed never fails to get people on their feet. Horse Racing is pure excitement. It also gets people betting, but they usually do not take the time to research properly the horses they stake money on. Making smart bets is a matter of researching, and researching well. To that end, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of the mountains of available information from horse racing commentary.
The racing form is a program that lists the day’s races, tracks, times, purses, and horses. It also has a mountain of information about past performance and other pertinent happenings in the horse’s career. This form is the Holy Grail to the established punter and, if used correctly, can make or break him.
As a starting point for horse racing commentary, look at the horse’s recent history and go with winners. While controversy rages on regarding what is the most important influencing factor, many excellent punters will tell you that they look first for a horse that has won in its last race and then goes from there.
Horse racing commentary provides a set of ratings on horses, with the greatest chance horse being assigned a 100 and the other horses rated at numbers below 100 as a relative indicator. These figures are based on a fuzzy set of factors, but keep in mind that the 100 horses do not always win. At best it is a general indicator, but do not use it as your only source of information.
A favourite only wins 1 out of 3 times, keep that in mind.
Keep an eye out for horse racing commentary referring to blinkers, lugging bits, or nose rolls. These are pieces of equipment that trainers use to correct problems the horse may be having and can have a significant impact on its performance from one race to another.
Horses that have recently dropped in class may be good bets, in the absence of other adverse factors. On a racing form, look for either arrows up or down.
The conditions of track are the much-watched factor in determining how certain horses might perform. Track conditions are indicated on a scale from one to ten, or with words, either “fast,” slow,” dead” or “dark.” One (fast) indicates a hard, dry track and ten (thick) indicates a wet track. A recent winner might not be a good bet if he did not win on a track of the same conditions. Do not be afraid to avoid individual tracks altogether. Many experts find that if a track beats you time and time again, it is best to leave it alone and choose tracks on which you have had better luck.
Do not be fooled into thinking that firmers are necessarily good bets because the odds have improved, or that a blower will necessarily lose. As with other factors, the change in odds before the race is only one amongst many of which you should take note.
To elucidate, a horse for which odds improve is known as a firmer, while the opposite is known as a blower. Remember all firmers do not win, and all fans do not lose.
The current price of a horse is the product of people’s opinions, not of some concrete reality. Knowing this, look for horses for which your opinion differs significantly from the current one. Take time and do your research, but stick to your opinion.