Betting on a horse can be fun and profitable when you are lucky but also frustrating and a drain on resources when your selection falls at the first hurdle, and it is never easy to pick a winner.
There are many techniques that punters use to try and improve their chances of coming out in the red and the first thing to recommend is to check out the day’s racing press to see who the so-called experts might fancy in a particular race.
This is now available online and the horse racing tips and predictions at Bethut can help in that respect, with all the top information needed to narrow down your selections.
Races such as the Grand National will see a plethora of one-off punters placing a wager and most will come away empty-handed as they back a horse with a nice-sounding name but, for those who want to see a return for their investment, it is essential to check out a horse’s form.
Horses that have won over course and distance should be favoured as they know their way around the track and should be comfortable in the surroundings but conditions underfoot are just as important.
Make sure you check out whether you selection likes fast, dry ground or is the proverbial ‘mud lark’, and prefers some give in the turf.
The draw in sprint races is also very important as conditions may vary across a track and this information should also be available prior to the start.
One thing to note is whether a trainer has opted to take a horse away from the usual track where it runs for a specific race elsewhere.
This could be a sign that the handler feels his charge has an excellent chance of winning and connections may well have placed some of their hard-earned cash on the animal.
They would not have bothered to make the trip unless they believe the horse has a decent chance of landing the spoils.
Making note of how a horse performed in defeat last time out is also important as it could be a sign of how things might pan out in the next race.
It might be that your selection finished second last time but was quickening towards the finish and, in an easier contest, has every chance of romping to victory.
The type of race to bet on is also important, with maidens notoriously difficult to predict as the horses have never won before – they should certainly be avoided for the novice punter.
Knowing whether to place a bet to win or each-way is another thing to consider prior to having a flutter.
There are horsed who are specialists at being placed but rarely win and it is worth checking out their odds to see if it is worth an each-way punt.
Finally, it is tempting to place accumulator bets, or ‘accas’ as these roll over and can provide huge returns if all your selections come in.
But just remember how tough it is to pick one winner, let alone, three, four or five, and so it is maybe nest to stick with just the one selection to avoid the inevitable disappointment of your final horse losing!