Saturday, 29 December 2018

7 Things to consider when backing a horse

Horse racing is one of the most popular betting sports in the world. Like most sports, there are people who can make thousands from horse betting. However, the majority of horse punters tend to be casual and usually place bets based on their lucky number or the name of the horse. By following the following seven tips and factors, you can make a calculated guess on which horse to place a bet on.


Betting websites, such as Paddy Power, show the breeding pedigree for each horse that is competing in a race. Most race-horses are now bred with selected horse types to ‘create’ the ideal race-horse. Be careful which type of horse you are betting on though, as different pedigree horses are suited to different tracks. If you do find that the track type is very suitable for the horse that is racing, then waste no time and place a bet on the horse.


The outcome of a race can also depend on the trainer of the horse. Horses that are trained by the same trainers may perform better on different types of surfaces e.g. better performances on a soft surface track. In some situations, there may not be a noticeable difference in the horses’ performance on different track surfaces. However, if you do spot that horses trained by certain trainers perform significantly better on certain tracks, then chances are the horse racing will also perform well and have a good chance of winning the race.


Although jockeys race on multiple tracks throughout their career, certain tracks can be stomping grounds for certain jockeys and may have experienced success multiple times on the same track. The chances of a jockey repeating their success on the same track a high considering they have the experience of racing on the track, and have the knowledge of how the track ‘plays out’. But like the other factors, choosing a winner based on the knowledge of the track isn’t enough. Other factors such as the type of horse being used will affect the outcome of a race. You can’t expect an experienced jockey to repeat their success using the slowest horse of the race.


Like every athlete, horses need time to recover from a previous race. A horse that is racing just a few days after their previous race may suffer in the next race when facing against horses that have had a few more days or weeks rest and are fully refreshed. Although a few days extra rest may give a horse an edge, make sure they are not out of action for too long. If a horse has competed in a race for a long period, e.g. a few months, then they will suffer due to lack of ‘race fitness’, which means they are also unlikely to win the race. Your best bet is to put a bet on a horse that has not raced in a few days, but is still fit enough to run the full race without any issues.


It is common in horse racing for horses to drop down classes if they are unable to compete at a higher level. When you are placing a bet on a race, keep an eye out for horses that have dropped down a couple of levels. Although previously being part of a higher class does not guarantee a win, the experience of racing at a higher level should give the horse a slight edge other their competitors.


Horses can be imported in from far and wide in order to participate in a certain race. If you notice that a horse has been brought in from far away to participate in a single race, chances are the trainer or jockey believes that the horse has a very good chance of winning the race. However be careful. Horses that have travelled a long distance are at risk from suffering from fatigue due to the distance travelled. This could lead to the horse performing worse in the race than anticipated.


You should never underestimate momentum. A jockey that is on a winning streak is far more likely to carry on their momentum and extend their streak than a jockey who hasn’t won a race in a while. Although it is entirely plausible for a jockey on a winless streak to break it, the hot streak jockey should still be favourite to win. But as mentioned earlier, you should not just use winning streaks as your only metric for picking a winner. In this example, a course specialist that is on a losing streak has the potential to come away with the win over a jockey on a winning streak.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

9:00 Chelmsford Racing Tips (20th December)


A class 7 race but not as bad as it would first appear but inconsistency is a big problem at this level, *SECRET ASSET 8/1 is well weighted and my top rated, it did hint at a return to form when 3rd last time out so could feasibly win but it was a fair while back to its last victory but has proven its capabilities, Nuzra my 3rd top rated can sometimes struggle to stay this distance if there's a fast early pace but there's no known front-runners in this race so could make the frame here, Slipalongtrevaskis should be staying on at the finish here but its got poor trainer 0-12 and jockey 1-38, stats which makes me think its not fancied in this race, my 2nd top rated is TASAABOQ 16/1 who also should be staying on the finish and could be worth an each way wager but my stakes in this race won't be at full strength in this class of race.

Tasaaboq 16/1 9th
*NR: Secret Asset 

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

How to Prepare Your Horse for the Upcoming Race

Before joining a tournament, athletes of all kind have to be well-prepared and well-conditioned to ensure winning. This principle is not only right to people but also to animals that are put to a race or a match. Horses that are about to be lodged in a run, like any other athletes, are entitled to receive proper care and maintenance as well to guarantee that they are in good condition for the tournament and that they give a satisfying performance.

Horse racing, though sounds ancient, is still a prominent sport nowadays with some people claiming it as their favourite. There are some who spend money to invest for a good horse and support their maintenance. Also, some people gamble a substantial amount of money to a potential equine athlete as their wager during a tournament. In this say, horse racing is not a sport that one must undervalue. 

If you are one of those enthusiasts who find horse racing interesting and plan of getting a horse of your own to be put in a race someday, better keep your heads up and read the following tips to prepare your racehorse!

Physical Conditioning

Exercising and workout routines are not only for people, but it is also applied to equine athletes. Physical habits for horses ensure optimal muscular development as well as overall body tone enhancement. If these two are achieved after the training, speed, endurance and horses’ athletic potential can be expected. Thus, claiming for a competitive racehorse.

Some physical variations that can be observed from the horses when they undergo physical training are an active respiratory system, sturdy and quality ligaments and tendons, unique muscular anatomy, stable thermoregulation, solid bones, and well-conditioned cardiovascular system. If physical training to horses is conducted successfully, you can expect a higher strength and endurance, and superior skill in jumping and reigning from them.

Food Intake: Weight and Diet

Proper diet, moderate food intake, and adequate protein ingestion are means to maintain good health and good condition of your racehorses. Before the race, you have to make sure that your horse is not overweight and not underweight as well. Your horse must be filled with the right nutrients to sustain it with enough energy. Its nutrients must include adequate fat, starch, fiber, and protein. 

Moreover, thanks to science and technology, there are already feeds manufactured by commercial industries that are designed specifically for the equine athletes’ needs. These formulated provisions give alternative energy sources that meet the required nutrients of a racehorse. Through this, you no longer have to exhaust yourself and your resources in looking at and providing various foods to your horses. Besides, commercial feeds for racehorses are already filled with the right nutrients for them.

Tracking Progress Record

Keeping tab of your horse’s condition is a vital duty that you must regularly do. You should record even little changes from its body and write down some of its nominal progress to track its condition, whether it is ready for a race or not. 

A chart of its progress is a visual report of your horse’s improvement and health status. This chart does not need to be very comprehensive. You can write down a few things like your horse’s heartbeat after a long run, its temperature after a physical workout, its breathing rate after a few exercises, and other indications of a good or mediocre condition. You can check your horse with an interval of minutes or hours to days most especially if the race is nearly approaching. 

Anaerobic Conditioning

After establishing routinary exercises and minimal workouts, your racehorse can already upgrade to anaerobic exercise where intensified training programs are carefully introduced along with short workout duration. Anaerobic exercises are a bit heavier than the preliminary and routinary training because the muscles are forced to work harder and faster. However, this exercise solely aims in conditioning the horse for an actual race. 

Anaerobic conditioning is also called a high-powered workout because horses are already doing heavy physical activities like racing. By doing this, at first, you can accelerate the speed in a short distance but adds a little range from time to time. Another way of doing anaerobic exercise is maximizing and setting full distance and gradually accelerate its speed. Either way works as long as your racehorse is conditioned to heftier physical activities. 


After following the above guidelines on preparing your horse, assess and evaluate it if it’s ready for an actual race. If you think that your stallion can already give an excellent performance and can run for the trophy, then it’s time for you to register it to real tournaments like the pegasus world cup that’s held regularly. 

If you’ve trained and prepared your horse right, there’s nothing that should worry you. Instead, all you need to do is sit back in the bleacher, enjoy the loud festivity around, and wait for your trophy and cash- thanks to your well-conditioned equine athlete.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Saturday, 24 November 2018

5:45 Wolverhampton Racing Tips (24th November)

Horse racing At Wolverhampton WOLVERHAMPTON 5.45 

A bit surprised to find just 2 front-runners in this 5 furlong dash and my top 2 ratings are front-runners, Union Rose is my 3rd top rated on a 2017 time but hasn't raced here recently so could make the frame, ORIENTAL SPLENDOUR 14/1 is top rated using a 2017 time but this ones been in poor form so far this year and would need to bounce back to win here but never say never when its done it before, my top rated on this years form and joint 2nd top overall is HOLLANDER 8/1 and stall 6 looks ok in the make-up of this race, I will probably go with backing the latter as my main bet and a smaller covering bet on the other selection.

Hollander 8/1 3rd
Oriental Splendour 28/1 7th  

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

8:30 Wolverhampton Racing Tips (22nd November)


This 5 furlong dash has again 5 known front-runners and again I think it will be won from the front and in this race I will be backing my top 2 who both like to lead and my 2nd top rated is RED STRIPES 12/1 but this ones best time did come at this c/d so it cannot be overlooked while my top rated did a time 7lb faster but it was at Newcastle while its only produced slow times at this c/d in 2 attempts so I will put SIENNA SAYS 10/1as a selection as this 3-year-old could still improve and another 3-year-old in the race, Sparkalex could be a bit of a hidden danger so stakes won't be at full power but I will be having 2 small each-way bets at the prices available.

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Red Stripes 12/1 2nd 
Sienna Says 12/1 Unp

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

5:50 Wolverhampton Racing Tips (21st November)


At least in this 2nd division there's a couple of natural front running types in the race, FANTASY JUSTIFIER 14/1 could be the one to do best of those held up off the pace and this horse is a genuine hold up type and should be staying on strongly at the finish and does have the top speed figure over this c/d this year so could be worth an each way wager, Indian Affair is one of the 2 known front-runners in the race but this one would need a repeat of its best time in 2017 to be competitive here and stall 12 sure isn't ideal, my 2nd top rated on this year's figures and top rated by a good few spots on its best 2017 time is SPIRIT OF ZEBEDEE 2/1 the other front-runners and housed in stall 1 so I'm quite expecting this one to get a fast start and control the race on the rails and hopefully can lead all the way but I will have a bet on the 2 highlighted just in case it does make a slow start.

Spirit Of Zebedee 2/1 3rd
Fantasy Justifier 16/1 4th 

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

8:00 Kempton Racing Tips (15th November)

8:00 KEMPTON - Div2 

Another race where my stakes won't be at full power, I quite expect Deer Song to be fancied here after finishing 2nd last time out at this distance but it was a slow run race, Compton Prince would be competitive using its best time last year but hasnt been in good form lately, Nutini 7/4 is 0-8 on the all weather but hasnt any course form although a time from Chelmsford would see it thereabouts at the finish and should be staying on at the finish but the price is way too short to be any value, Who Told Jo Jo 20/1 has a competitive time both last year and this so could be the one to prosper if my top rated fails to deliver the goods and may be good each way value, my top rated using a 2017 time is FRANK COOL 12/1 it hasnt run on the all weather so far this year and it the switch back to an artificial surface rejuvintes it then it must have every chance, the 7lb claiming apprentice could swing things in its favour but he is looking for his 1st win on his 6th ride for the stable, I will be backing the selection each way but may have smaller covering bets on others in the race.

Frank Cool 12/1 2nd 

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Monday, 12 November 2018

1:05 Southwell Racing Tips (12th November)

Southwell Racing Tips

I've only found 2 in this race that has been known to lead and they are Archie Stevens from stall 8 and my 4th top rated but the trainers record is 1-18 and the jockey is 0-19 for this stable which isn't great, the other front-runner is SIR GEOFFREY 33/1 but its stuck out in stall 13 but in the make-up of this race it could get to the front and could then prove hard to catch and I think the price is that big because of the draw and I will, therefore, have an each way wager on it and if it is backed I would then look to lay some of the potential profits, my 3rd top despite this not being its favoured surface is Novabridge and it likes to track the leaders so could make the frame, my 2nd top rated is PIAZON 15/2 who could be the one to prosper if my other selection doesn't get to the front from its wide draw and I will back them both to cover both angles to show a profit whichever one does the business. 

Piazon 8/1 1st
Sir Geoffrey 33/1 Unp

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

8:15 Chelmsford Racing Tips (8th November)

CHELMSFORD 8.15 Div 1 

There's eight 3-year-olds entered in this race and 6 run in this division which makes it hard for me to be 100% confident but one of them, SPARKALEX 16/1, is my top-rated using a time on this surface but at Kempton and if repeating the time would have a decent chance of winning this race plus its one of only 2 known front-runners in the race and I will back it each way at the price, the horse I've got top rated on course and distance times is CATHEADAN'S FURY 9/2 who is usually known to be staying on strongly at the finish and I will go with backing the 2 selections to cover both angles. 

Catheadan's Fury 9/2 4th 
Sparkalex 20/1 8th  

CHELMSFORD 8.45 Div 2 

This division isn't any easier, Kraka is 3rd top but the trainer doesn't do well here with a 2-82 win record, Turanga Leela is a possible front runner from stall 2 but its best time only makes it 4th on my list so needs others to falter unless allowed an easy lead but i doubt that very much as Wotadoll is another natural front-running sort but the time it recorded here earlier when finishing 2nd was way above the usual sort of times for this class of race so it may have been flattered in a flukey sort of run but i cannot ignore it completely so I will probably back it as a smaller covering bet just in case it can repeat the time, my main selection will be BILLYOAKES 12/1 who is very versatile with its racing tactics and it could follow Wotadoll across to the rails and get a good early position from which to attack nearing the finish and the price allows me to go with an each way wager.

Billyoaks 20/1 8th