If you are new to horse racing, then we understand that right now you might be feeling a
little intimidated with the intricacies of the sport. While there are thousands of books
written on finding and selecting the right horse to put your money on, we’re going to try to
simplify things a little and give you an introduction to horse racing in one short article.
Get to Know the Jockeys
Most of the time, an outcome of a race is determined by placing emphasis on the horses.
Often, however, the jockey can also affect the result. As a rule of thumb, many jockeys have favorite locations and they tend to ride best on home ground. This means that studying a jockey’s preferences and history could still work in your favor.
Jockey and trainer combinations should also be considered. Trainers often determine which
jockeys will ride a specific horse – usually with good reason. If a jockey is famous for winning on a certain track with a certain horse, then knowing who the stable jockey is will tell you which horse in the race could be the leading hope.
Get to Know Your Trainers
In most instances, a horse is as brilliant as the trainer who reared it. That’s why authentic
tipping information will always show a trainer’s record at a course. As a beginner enthusiast, you want to specifically focus on how proficient a trainer is at preparing racers for individual courses. Those who have won at a track before are more likely to repeat their streak.
Get to Know Your Surfaces
Horses often show preference to a certain type of terrain and if you study a track record,
you should be given a good indication of how well a horse will run on a specific course.
Typically, dry courses (or firm courses) will see the fastest speeds. These tracks suit daintier horses. Horses that tend to hit the ground hard, on the other hand, prefer a more
accommodating and softer turf.
Get to Know the Signs of a Confident Horse
A confident horse is one that has the stamina required to win. This advice is what will help
you to determine a winning horse just before a race is about to begin.
A confident colt or filly is one that appears calm – often flaunting a shiny coat. Anxious and jittery horses lose a lot of energy while waiting in the paddock and tend to not be in the correct “mode” for a fast race.
It’s Time to Place A Bet!
Horse racing is well-known for being a heavily unpredictable game. This doesn’t mean that
you cannot separate those horses that are more likely to win from those that are less likely
to make it across the winning line first.
So, to find value in horse racing, you need to know the dynamics and do your research well. Also, the more research you do, the more you will enjoy the sport! As the saying goes – knowledge is power!