Is this a good rule?

Have you ever bought a betting system which tells you to look at the horse’s most recent finish position?

I bet you have. Heck, if I dove into all the betting systems I’ve seen over the years, I reckon more than 60% of them would have that rule.

But is it a good rule?

Does the fact that a horse came first or second in its last race, make a difference to how it’s going to be racing today?

Logic would say it doesn’t.

At least, not with that much simplicity.

If the rule was more like…

“Check the horse’s last race, and if it came first in a race that was the same class, race type, distance and going as today’s race, and the other runners were similar in ability, then add this horse as a contender.”

Now that would make more sense. But just because a horse came first, last time out, in some other race, doesn’t mean it’s going to be able to compete in a race today.

If I raced my horse against two snails, came first, and then told you to bet it in its next race because it came first last time out, would you?

Of course not.

But to back up my feelings on this here’s an article I wrote about it, with stats, a number of years ago.

It still holds true today!

All the best,

Michael and the Race Advisor team

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Michael Wilding

Michael started the Race Advisor in 2009 to help bettors become long-term profitable. After writing hundreds of articles I started to build software that contained my personal ratings. The Race Advisor has more factors for UK horse racing than any other site, and we pride ourselves on creating tools and strategies that are unique, and allow you to make a long-term profit without the need for tipsters. You can also check out my personal blog or my personal Instagram account.


  1. Horses that were odds on last time out and are odds on again come in a lot. I have had a yankee and canadian come in. in fact my first yankee came in using this method. Its not a 100% ce rtainty but they come in a lot especially from a gambling stable

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