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Understanding the Types of Races
The all-important question, how do I pick a winning horse at the races? Unfortunately, there is no guarantee (though that is the fun of it!), but there are several approaches you can take to give you some idea of where to place your pennies.
But if all else fails, why not pick who you bet on because of the horse's funny name, because you like the colour of the jockey's silks, or because your finger landed on a name when you pointed over the race card are still acceptable and well-used methods.
All of the information presented is valuable, but you can take note of how the horse performed in the last few races? Do they consistently place? Have they performed well in the same conditions on similar track in similar weather conditions? It takes a little delving, but you can get a good idea of who has the potential to perform well from all of the details on the card.
Those who are favourites, or expected to perform well have low odds, such as 2/1, wherever those who aren’t as expected will have higher odds, such as 10/1. This makes it exceptionally easy to pick an expected winner if you don’t want to waste time on the racecard.However, if you do decide to team this knowledge up with what you have found in the racecard, it may lead to you finding a horse that still has relatively high odds, but has performed really well in similar circumstances.
These should always be taken with a pinch of salt. If you do want to use tips in your strategy, try industry experts such as The Racing Post or other leading sporting publications who may also publish why they think a certain horse will win.