Horse Racing – What You Need to Know

Horse Betting Tips

Want to win at horse racing? Well, here is how to do just that – check out these tips.

Get to Know Your Horses

Find out Previous Easy Winners

A good place to start is by looking for horses that easily won their races last time out and look like they could go in again. Horses in good form usually stitch together streaks of about 3 wins in 5 races.

Exceptional Ratings

If you find a horse that recorded a personal best in its previous race, you might be onto a winner.

Race Reviews

Comments and feedback from previous races can provide invaluable insight. If you’re doing your research online, look for horses that have been said to ‘ran on well’ and you’ll have yourself a colt or filly in good form.

Change in Class

Trainers tend to put slower horses in ‘upper’ class races hoping for a miracle. Therefore, if you’ve identified a runner with a decent recent record, make sure you also analyze the measure of its opposition. Similarly, if a horse has gone a class lower it could be worth a look.

The Competition

The other competing horses in a race will surely have an effect on how it’s run, and consequently, what chance your horse stands of winning. If there are ‘front running’ horses in the fold that like to get an early start, the odds of an outsider setting the pace are not likely.

Can They Bounce Back

It may not seem hard to give attention to the horses who ran really well previously and won or placed, but if it is the big prices that you are truly after, (your 33/1s and so on) the secret is to try and identify where a horse did not run as well but is still able to run a big race, either because he’s simply fitter, there’s a change in conditions, or might have done better after a break.

Be Aware of Your Surfaces

The same way a tennis player would prefer playing on clay as opposed to grass, or a world-class striker may not particularly enjoy it on a windy Wednesday night at the Brittania, different horses run better on different surfaces.

Dry courses (referred to as ‘firm’ or ‘good to firm’) see the fastest speeds and daintier horses find them a lot more enjoyable. Horses that really hit the ground hard will more than likely find a softer course a bit more welcoming. This gives them more energy to sprint from gripping into the ground.

Therefore, when betting on a horse, make sure you are aware of the surface the horse will be running on. Don’t blindly back a horse without this insight especially if the race is on deeper ground as previous form on the surface can be essential. 

Get a Better Understanding of the Trainers

The trainer who reared your horse is just as important as the horse you’re betting on. The betting statistics explained on our blog show that Donald McCain enjoys a great strike rate at Bangor while Nicky Henderson wins a lot of times when at Newbury.

Different trainers enjoy different records on different tracks. Some are highly efficient at preparing runners for certain courses and those who have won a track before likely know how to repeat the same feat. Here’s a general rule that can prove valuable: you can tell trainers who win at a course since they will most certainly field several horses in a single race.

A good tipping guide should show how a trainer has performed at a course, across a certain amount of time, say the past three months. The more you read and analyze the statistics, the more insight you’ll get. You might find that every year, 1 trainer frequently chooses a specific race to unveil a highly talented and quick horse.

The same works in reverse as well…

Poor trainer performances at certain venues will guide you on who not to bet on. For example, Saaed Bin Suroor may not represent value for money since he has recorded a relatively abysmal performance at Ascot.

Consider the Jockey

Getting to know the jockeys should provide you with a great deal of betting insight and can help you make some good winnings out of it. The same way some trainers favor certain courses is the same way jockeys are synonymous with different locations.

For example, Ryan Moore, the man to beat at Ascot, and Ruby Walsh, who has been the leading jockey at Cheltenham on multiple occasions times in recent years.

You’re probably wondering why do jockeys perform at certain places more than they do others. In truth, it works both ways: while trainers are likely to pair the best riders with the strongest horses, certain skillsets are naturally suited to some courses.

Understanding jockey and trainer partnerships is crucial. Oftentimes, trainers will field multiple runners in the competition, so understanding who is the stable jockey will give you a sneak peek as to which horse in the race is the yard’s leading star.

Now you know all you need to know take a look at Hyderabad live race and place your bets.

Kartik Prajapati
The Founder of two great blogs "Be Curious" and "A Perfect Review". I love travelling a lot and when at home, I spend my day watching movies and web series.