How do you pick a good horse for racing?

There’s several things you need to consider when you’re trying to pick a good horse, a winning horse. Below you’ll find our list of main points you need to research and have in mind when you go to make your horse racing bets. Key point: You need to use all of the information and statistics available.

  • Track/ Course/ Distance/ Post Position

    Has the horse won at this distance and at this course before? Does it like the racing surface and any effect that the weather may had has on it. Where is it positioned? – Sprint races around one turn usually favour outside posts, while longer races at a longer distance often favour the inside post positions.

  • Starts & Layoff

    How much time off has the horse had between races? – A 30-60 day break for a racehorse is about right between races. Horses that have been off for more than 90 days may need a race to get back into the swing of things. If a horse has been off for more than 180 days, they likely won’t perform as well.
    How many races has the horse been in this year? Horse that are over raced won’t make good picks.

  • Odds

    Always check the odds again in the morning. You might have done your research days before, but the best look into the odds always comes the morning of the race.
    What were the odds of the horse in its last start? If they fell in-between 2/1 and 6/1 it shows that they took money in their last start and possibly should have performed better, many winners go off in this betting range.

  • Jockey/ Trainer

    Look up the trainers win ratio, trainers that win, usually continue winning. Has the jockey won previously on that horse? Certain jockeys fit well with certain horses so check if the pair have previously won together.

  • Significant comments about the horses last race

    Horses that had some sort of trouble on their last race such as “they broke slowly, missed the break, were fractious in the gate, bobbled at the break etc” these horses may have underperformed because of these issues and may end up doing better today as a good trainer will have endeavoured to address those issues.

  • Physical factors

    Factors such as the age, sex, weight, medications and equipment of the horse may all be influential to the race.

  • Class and form

    If a horse has moved up in class, make sure you check it’s because their previous races were winning efforts. If the horse is dropping in class they are in theory now facing easier runners so should be considered.
    Horses that have won recently usually tend to win again so check the past few

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Seven No Trumps

Racing Post – Weak in the market but produced a promising display in third on racecourse debut in a maiden hurdle at Ludlow (2m5f, heavy); should have learned plenty from that and in-form stable’s runners have to be respected.



Doc Kauto

Racing Post – Promising over fences last season but well held on only subsequent outing at Newton Abbot in July; market check advised after his absence.



Sword Of Fate

Racing Post – Has appreciated the recent return to hurdling, leading home several returning rivals when about 3l second over C&D at 50-1 last month (soft) and consolidating that form effort at Carlisle ten days later; shortlisted off same mark with Brian Hughes once more up, and drier ground is fine.



Akarita Lights

Racing Post – Last three starts 2m7f-3m1f on soft or heavy; runner-up at Market Rasen latest; does not look on a great mark but still considered.

Returns and odds correct at time of publishing.