Basics of Odds Betting in Horse Racing

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on March 26, 2007

Where and how can a newcomer start sports betting in horse racing? Most of the web sites are full of jargon and confusing tables. Some gambling sites are suspicious, and one never knows whether they violate national laws. The sport is not easier for a novice to follow at the average race course. Horse racing has such a passionate following that the sight of punters pouring over books, watching video consoles, and in animated discussion with each other, can be most daunting for the uninitiated.

Here are 5 top tips to help everyone enjoy odds betting in horse racing:

  • Focus on a single race course: Study horse and rider records at any one race track. Leave out horses that have been imported from other places, no matter how successful they may have been, and bear in mind that a jockey makes a crucial difference to speed timings. Winning at horse racing is a matter of discerning patterns.

  • Start sports betting late in the season: Performances can vary in the short term. Horses can fall sick, and trainers try new tricks all the time. Start wagering late in the season, when a clear trend of winners has begun to emerge. You can make up for much of your inexperience in the ways of horse racing, by holding your resources until you have witnessed a few races and training sessions.

  • Spot likely winners: Stay away from long odds. Do not waste time and money in trying for dream wins and jackpots. Make small gains instead on horse and rider combinations that seem almost certain to win or secure a place. Greed and haste are prime stumbling blocks to wagering success in horse racing.

  • Set a budget for losses: There is no certainty in horse racing. Even a gust of wind or the faintest stumble can make mockeries of the most careful wagers. Set a firm budget for losses, beyond which you will simply stop wagering.

  • Enjoy yourself! Horse racing is about more than money. There is no doubt that affordable wagering measures add to the pleasure of a race track visit, but it should not become an obsession.

Have a great horse racing experience starting today!

 

 

 

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