The Betting Gods blogs have recently looked at South African morning racing and Virtual Racing, and we are now turning our attention to the other great bookmakers’ “filler” South American evening racing. With live coverage of up to ten races daily; no form cards; and prices appearing two minutes before the off, it is too easy to write these events off as non-serious gambling activities. But as always on this site we believe there is an edge to be found for the clever bettor.
Over the last couple of years tracks such as Club Hipo (Chile;) San Isidro (Argentina;) Valpariaso (Chile;) and Maronas (Uruguay) have become familiar names to betting shop punters. Live race coverage starts in the early evening and goes on right up to when the betting shops shut. The racing is all sprinting, with a stalls start and a sweeping finish off the bend. Sectional timing makes the racing exciting as the winners often sweep in towards the line.
The main thing not to do with S. American racing is to bet on it in the betting shop. You have no betting guide apart from the prices and these appear only shortly before the off.
If you are going S. American you need some information first. The great thing about S. American racing is that all the tracks provide free live feeds. You won’t find this anywhere else on the world, and it is an eye-opener. To find the live feed go to the track on Wikipedia and get the link for the official track website. When you get on to that web-site it is obviously in Spanish, but during race meeting it is usually a simple matter to find “Transmision En Vivi.”
You will initially be impressed by the quality of the high-definition feeds. Obviously a Spanish soundtrack isn’t much help to most of us, but you will soon get used to this interspersed with the pop songs. No adverts here just information. There are in-depth shots of all runners for a good 15 minutes before the race; videos of earlier runs of the major contenders; form age weight trainer jockey and owner details; national newspaper selections for the first 3 places; links to form records; and constantly updated tote price shows.
- American racing is really a very well run and colourful affair. The horses and jockeys are superbly turned out; trumpets announce a move to the stalls; and the winners are led about by smartly dresses huntsmen. Races are easy to follow with split screen close-up and panoramic views. At the end of the race the trainer and owners family pose for photographs in front of the winner and you even see the jockey’s weigh-in.
So where is the edge? Well obviously by absorbing a pre-race 15 minutes of information you are already miles ahead of the punters in the betting shop. Note national newspaper tips (especially Naps) as these countries have a small racehorse population. Look at the videos of previous form of fancied runners, particularly if they were still accelerating at the finish line. The key to making money is price information. Bookmakers like Paddypower who price the whole of these meetings up beforehand are exposed by the first tote shows, and it also pays to follow the tote price trends. Bookmakers like Corals and William Hills who price up two minutes before the off run scared of favourites and often good value is still to be had on an outsider that has been backed in steadily on the tote.