Advice

  • Mar- 2018 -
    17 March

    The fix is in. How can you spot a dodgy race and avoid betting on it?

    It would be naïve in the extreme to suggest that the Sport of Kings is purer than the driven snow. Over the last few decades, there have been numerous scandals involving trainers, owners, jockeys, and bookmakers. One of the most notorious instances of alleged race fixing involved six-time Champion Jockey, Kieran Fallon. He was arrested in September 2004 on suspicion…

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  • 13 March

    Cheltenham

    Bookmakers tend to enjoy the unpredictability of major festivals such as Cheltenham, Newmarket, and Aintree. With so many world-class horses facing off against one another, it can be a nightmare to choose a potential winner. Occasionally, such as the Cheltenham Festival in 2017, a significant number of favourites win and give the bookies a much-needed bloody nose. When it comes…

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  • 5 March

    Henderson Holds All the Aces Going Into the Cheltenham Festival

    “Nicky Henderson” by Carine06 (CC BY-SA 2.0) As the Cheltenham Festival approaches and the ante-post betting markets settle down, it appears that Nicky Henderson is the man currently holding all the aces. The British-based trainer has many chances of success, including the favourites in three of the four championship races that take place at the festival. He heads to the four-day…

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  • 5 March

    First Run Since Gelded: How Do These Horses Perform?

    A gelding is a male horse that has been castrated. Gelding is supposed to make horses easier to handle, and they usually have little or no interest in mares. Therefore, a gelding should be more focused and not think about the opposite sex; at least that’s what some punters think. However, a gelded horse will have its speed and consistency…

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  • 2 March

    Headway Is The Standout Bet At Lingfield

    The Beast from the East has had its say so there are no turf meetings in Britain. However, the much-derided All-Weather racing has come to the rescue and two meetings are scheduled on artificial surfaces. There is actually some decent racing on the sand at Lingfield and Newcastle. This is an ever-developing situation as a fall of snow can make…

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  • 2 March

    Could You Commentate A Cheltenham Race?

    With Cheltenham only two weeks away, I thought I’d cover some of the angles and necessities that are required to make it through the gruelling four days. Whether you’re at the festival or not, there’ll be people up and down the land shouting for joy, hanging their heads with tears and feeling generally exhausted, elated, crushed, jubilant, “what if” and…

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  • Feb- 2018 -
    28 February

    Should you focus on specific yards in the lead up to major events?

    Bookmakers tend to enjoy the unpredictability of major festivals such as Cheltenham, Newmarket, and Aintree. With so many world-class horses facing off against one another, it can be a nightmare to choose a potential winner. Occasionally, such as the Cheltenham Festival in 2017, a significant number of favourites win and give the bookies a much-needed bloody nose. When it comes…

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  • 27 February

    The 15:15 at Chelmsford (ripped apart!)

    With the snow coming down across the country, it makes sense to focus your analysis on All Weather. After all, it’s called All Weather for a reason 😉 The 15:15 at Chelmsford is one of the most valuable races of the day, although with a winners prize fund of £5,434 that’s not saying much! It’s an interesting race because the…

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  • 24 February

    1st Saturday… the dawning of a new era!

    This is the first Saturday of the new Race Advisor newsletter and the second of your bi-weekly emails. Today I want to look at betting systems, and a slightly different way of using them than you may have thought of! When we use a betting system we’re pre-conditioned to always bet the horses that the system selects. After all, that’s…

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  • 21 February

    February’s finest NH performers

    We are approaching the business end of the National Hunt season as it gets closer to the two main festivals; Cheltenham in March and Aintree in April. By the time February rolls around, all eyes are firmly on the massive meeting at Cheltenham the following month where the Gold Cup and several other Grade 1 races take place. February can…

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  • 17 February

    Blaklion Can Win The Trial And National

    Saturday’s Haydock Grand National Trial is something of a misnomer because the last horse to win both races was Party Politics in 1993. Even that wasn’t a true trial because the horse won the National the previous year. Since 2003 no winner has even been placed in the most famous steeplechase in the world. It’s a strange fact that Red…

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  • 16 February

    Exotic bets: Is there a point in wagering on Lucky 15s and other bets with fanciful odds?

    Most of us have been guilty of it in the past; usually when we make our first foray into betting. For me, it was football accumulators as it was several years before I began betting on horse racing. The allure of the long shot is impossible to resist for the casual punter. The whole ‘look for value and bet on…

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  • 2 February

    3yo handicaps: Should you back, lay, or stay away?

    Younger horses receive a Weight For Age (WFA) Allowance when up against older horses. The size of the allowance depends on the month of the race, the horse’s age, and the length of the race and it is supposed to make up for a horse’s lack of physical maturity. Horses on the flat are deemed ‘mature’ at the start of…

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  • Jan- 2018 -
    26 January

    Are Course & Distance Winners a Boon for Your Bank Balance?

    Some punters get excited when they see a horse that is a previous course and distance winner. It is very easy to determine if there is one in any given race. You can go to the Racing Post and on the race card, look for the initials ‘CD’ beside a horse’s name. As you can see, Sunshineandbubbles is a course…

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  • 24 January

    Micro-Angles

     

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    Weekly Eye-Catchers – Horse Racing

     

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  • 2 January

    How Do Notable Jockeys With One Ride at a Track Perform?

    Jockeys with just one ride at a track are known as ‘one trick jockeys,’ and it is an area of intrigue for some punters. It’s a sad fact that jockeys won’t get rich off their fees. According to Racing Post figures taken from July 2017, jockeys earn £164.74 per ride in National Hunt races and £120.66 on the Flat. You’ll…

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  • Dec- 2017 -
    28 December

    Spotting Hot Trainers

    Although it isn’t the single most important aspect of profitable betting, there’s no question that some trainers are far better than others from our perspective. A ‘successful’ trainer is not always a good one to back. For example, Mark Johnston has earned over £14.7 million in prize money in Flat & All-Weather racing since January 2013. In the same period,…

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  • 26 December

    How To Find Horses That Will Shorten For Trading

    The Holy Grail of trading is to find a ‘steamer.’ This is the term given to a horse with rapidly shortening odds. If you can find a steamer relatively early on in the morning, you could make a huge profit without being concerned about the outcome of the race. The beauty of trading against punting is that you only need…

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  • Nov- 2017 -
    29 November

    National Hunt, Chase or Hurdles? Can You Profit From Both?

    For horse racing lovers, the thrill of National Hunt racing acts as some form of compensation for the shorter and colder days of autumn and winter. NH races feature older and larger horses than its Flat counterpart, and from September to April, these events are the main focus of the racing calendar as the Flat season takes a backseat. The…

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