Top Tips on Horse Race Betting

Playing in some of the world’s best casinos and betting on a winning thoroughbred remains every punter’s dream.

But how do you tell which of the seemingly capable competitors will carry the day?

After all, gamers sometimes find themselves with very little time to place their bets.

Therefore, it pays to know what to look out for and how to tell a winner from its equally formidable opponents.

In this breakdown, we discuss some of the characteristics that may be good indicators of a likely winner.

We also outline some of the preliminary information about racehorses and their jockeys you should always lookout for even prior to the race.

            Bet on a favourite
There is a good reason why a particular horse and jockey are fan favourites. In most cases, the horse with the least odds is most popular among bettors and oftentimes scores a winning finish.

Tip sheets and handcapping aids may come in handy here. These will arm you with vital information as you seek to know which horse has the lowest odds.

            View the horse, know his history
Like humans, animals seldom change their behavior.

A horse who tends to be too fast paced at the beginning of each race will, in most instances, deplete his energy towards the close of the race.

Knowing how a horse and his jockey pace themselves is thus crucial in determining their potential endurance and by extension, winning probability.

Another opportunity for last minute bettors to view the horse behavior is while they are in the paddocks, just before the race begins.

A horse’s appearance should key you in on their mood and current temperament. For instance, limp ears suggest that the horse might not be too keen on the upcoming race.

Meanwhile, ears angled at a 45-degree angle are great, as they signify that the horse is raring to go. The same applied to heads held high and moving outstretched tails.

Long term bettors are also keen on the horse’s breeding history, as certain breeds are better suited for racing than others.

Just as important, is to be on the lookout for changes in a horse’s weight. A horse that is carrying a larger amount of weight than he did at his last race is often likely to be slower this time round.

Just as significant is significant weight loss in a horse. While weight loss may bode well for long races, short sprints favor horses with greater bulk, strength and stamina.

            The jockey
Check the race standings to get an idea of who the leading jockeys are.

According to experts, jockeys account for at least 10% of the performance. Therefore, even as you consider the horse, bear in mind the rider’s record as well.

One of the easy ways to gauge a jockey’s performance is by looking at his past record. That will help you have an idea of what your chances of winning the bet are,

Also, consider the jockey’s familiarity with the particular track where the race is taking place. Has he been there before? And what were the outcomes?

An athlete who knows their terrain and is familiar with it is more likely to post impressive results compared to one who is new to the terrain, and jockeys are no different.

Therefore, before placing a bet, be sure to find out which jockeys (among those racing for the day) have been on the same track in the past.

Closely tied to knowing about the rider is also knowing more about the horse’s trainers and their track record.