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 PositionHas 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 & LayoffHow 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.
OddsAlways 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/ TrainerLook 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 raceHorses 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 factorsFactors such as the age, sex, weight, medications and equipment of the horse may all be influential to the race.
Class and formIf 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