Winning Techniques of Speed Figures in Horse Racing

Submitted by
on May 7, 2007

The logic of speed figures is a powerful attractant for horse racing lovers. Winning techniques in this ancient sport have always proved elusive. Punters clutch at every straw which offers a path to picking winners with reliability and consistency.

Speed figures have dominated sports betting in horse racing during the past decade. This facility has helped to bring in followers from other types of gambling to horse racing, with an apparent safety net of simply picking the fastest horse in an event.

It would be naïve to use speed figures simplistically and as the sole pick amongst all the winning techniques available for horse racing enthusiasts. Nevertheless, no serious punter can afford to ignore speed timings altogether. How does one strike a helpful balance between speed figures and other winning techniques? Here are 5 top tips:

1. Review the race: do not take a speed figure at face value alone. Search for patterns in horse behavior at the starting gate, and analyze the rider’s strategy with respect to his whip and handling bends. A horse rider combination can surprise you with changes as to how an event is handled.

2. Track and length: most horses do not travel well and take time to acclimatize to foreign surroundings. Some race courses have more than one track. A speed figure on home turf is unlikely to be matched immediately after a horse runs a different length on a new track.

3. Look for trends: even novices are aware that gelding affects speed, but there are likely to be other subtle changes as well. A horse will peak over time and will age as well. They may be primed to give off their best at special events, and much depends on trainer strategy and owner objectives in this respect. No one can place a major bet on a one off performance, and therefore punters must study speed figures over time, and the most recent ones with emphasis.

4. Look for reasons: a horse may be slightly unwell and on medication which affects speed. Top race tracks will make announcements, but such elements may not show in reviews. Perhaps the rider or the horse was tired or just had an off day. Analyze speeds out of trend, because the reasons will yield invaluable information about the relevance of speed figures.

5. Factor in local conditions: heavy horses are at obvious disadvantages on soggy tracks. Race position can make wind a decisive factor. This also applies to dangerous riding by competitors. Speed figures from past races have to be discounted by local conditions of the day.

Much of the charm of horse racing lies in its uncertainty, and hence speed figures must be filtered through the experience and judgment of a serious sports betting enthusiast. It is certainly a major though not the only factor in picking winners.




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