Horse Racing fans may still be looking forward to the Spring delights of the Aintree and Punchestown Festivals but, if you want to make profits during the coming turf-flat season, there’s no better time to get ahead of the game. Therefore, we asked some of the Betting Gods Tipsters for some great advice about how to spot future winners and how to avoid picking losers– which you can read below.
1# Always Take Note Of Trainer Form
The recent spell of inclement weather means the strings of several trainers will have been held-up in their work, and therefore may not be fit enough to do themselves justice in the first few weeks of the turf-flat season. Therefore, it’s often a great idea to keep a close watch on those stables that have been having winners on the all-weather and/or whose horses continually run up to form in the first few weeks of the turf season.
2# Always Check The Weather Forecast
Just like many National Hunt horses, many flat horses have a marked preference for one type of ground or another. However, just checking the prevailing ground conditions isn’t always enough to guarantee your horse will get its preferred ground, and checking the weather forecast could save you some money along the way.
3# Don’t Ignore The Draw
Unlike National Hunt Racing, where you can’t guarantee which part of the track your horse is going to run down as jockeys jostle for position at the start, the majority of flat-races have a pre-determined draw with runners designated a certain stall. This draw can be a significant factor in determining whether your horse will produce its optimum performance. For example, a horse who likes to front-run may use-up far too much energy if trying to adopt that role from a wide-draw, but may also sulk if he can’t.
4# Always Listen To What Trainers Say
Some trainers may be very coy when interviewed about certain horse, especially if they’re gambling stables. However, listening to many pre-race or post-race interviews whilst you’re watching racing on TV is a great way of picking-up valuable nuggets of information such as future targets. They’re easy to forget – so make sure you make a note of them.
5# Watch A Lot Of Racing
With the coverage of every race in Britain and Ireland now available on Live-TV, and the ability to record those races and watch them whenever you have a spare minute, there’s not really any excuse for not watching racing. And you really need to if you’re going to notice those horses who were unlucky in running, or were inconvenienced by racing on a slower part of the track. These types of horses are often overpriced the next time they run.