Simple Tips That Will Help You to Pick a Winner

Simple Tips

Here are some simple tips that will help you to pick a winner when playing the ponies. (Photo credit: by Absolute Charm from Pexels).

Horse racing is quite possibly one of the most complex sports around when you look below the surface. There are so many varying factors that can influence which horse is going to win a race. You need to look at the ground conditions as well as the horses that are running. You also need to look at the age and the experience of the horse too. With all of this in mind, this guide will help you to pick a winner without having to worry about a thing.


The first thing that you need to think about when you are picking a horse is the distance that they are going to run. One of the main and most obvious factors would be how they are able to handle themselves when going over obstacles as well as on the flat. Most horses will have a limit as to how far they can run before they run out of stamina. If the ground is challenging, then this will also work against their stamina. Betting sites for horse racing will often tell you what the ground is like, and which horses are running, so you can make your own educated choice about this. It will also help you to know how well a horse is going to run in general.


Believe it or not, a big factor when it comes to a horse’s record is its pedigree status. Breeding has a huge impact on the horse, and this is especially true if you are backing a first-time starter. A horse’s pedigree can tell you a lot about many of the most salient factors, such as their stamina, how fast they can reach their peak, and more. If you want to look at this then focus on the maiden specifically. This will give you some clues in the long-term and the short-term. It will also help you to plan out which horses you should bet on in the future.


Certain jockey or owner combinations have a lot of success. If you look at the trainer as well, then you will soon see that this can yield a very good return for you. Certain combinations will be better for certain races, so make sure that you look into this as much as possible if you want to get the best return out of your bet.

Course Form

When you look at a certain horse, you will soon see that they give their best form when running at different racecourses. It helps to look at the course and the horse you have chosen. It’s common for a horse to improve when returning back to their favourite running venue, so make sure that you look into this as much as possible.


When a horse has met their peak in the handicap, it may struggle to stay competitive when you look at horses at a better weight. You need to look at their rating and compare that against their latest win. You have to do this in a handicap race because this will help you to make the most out of your decisions in general. It will also help you to avoid wasting your bet, so make sure that you keep this in mind when you place your bet.



NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

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