Horse racing is the only sport that allows fans to participate in the game directly, through wagering. Millions of rupees are bet each day on races in India, enticing players put their handicapping skills to the test. If you want to learn how to win at horse racing, follow these guidelines.
1.Buy a Daily Racing Form. The Form is the most important weapon in a handicapper’s arsenal. It provides detailed information on each horse running in the day’s races.
- Beyer Speed Figures: Beyers often serve as a starting point in the handicapping process. They are the bold numbers found in the middle of each horse’s past performances. Handicappers use the horse with the highest last-race Beyer as their focus and eliminate horses that have never run a figure close to this horse’s figure.
- Pace projections: By scanning the past performances, handicappers try to estimate the pace of the current race and determine which horse will benefit most from it.
- Track bias: No single factor in handicapping can change the complexion of a race like a track bias. If players detect any kind of bias in the racing surface, they incorporate it into their decision-making.
- Form cycles: Handicappers must ask themselves questions about each horse. Is its last race a true representation of its ability? Is it likely to improve or regress on race day? Which horses raced against a bias last out and can be expected to offer a peak performance today?
- Value lines: After finishing handicapping, you should create a value line. This is a projection of post-time odds based on how often you think each horse would win if the horses ran today’s race 100 times. The value line provides you with the groundwork for your wagering.
Method 1 of 2: Betting
- Betting underlays to win: This contradicts a fundamental wagering caveat.
- Strong favorite on top in exact as: These combinations are over-bet and undervalued.
- 3-horse exact boxes: They involve too many losing bets.
- Betting long-shots to place and show: Other, heavily bet horses that share these betting pools deteriorate the payouts.
Method 2 of 2: Money Management and the Psychology of Betting
- Establish what types of bets produce the highest returns for you and make them the focus of your wagering.
- Determine what types of races you have the most success with and which you can’t decipher. If you conclude that you seldom pick winners on turf, avoid betting on grass races until you improve your handicapping.
- Remain dispassionate when betting. Increasing the size and scope of your wagers to try and recoup losses often only results in more losses. Even the best horse players sometimes lose; they accept it as part of the game. What winning horse players don’t do is wager recklessly when their emotions get in the way.