Start Making Better Bets on Horse Racing Handicaps

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Guest Post: International Correspondent

There are a number of factors that go into horse racing handicap betting. Investigating these will ensure that your wagers start making better returns. 

How to Bet Horse Racing Handicaps And Win 

Handicap betting can be difficult for punters who enjoy horse racing, since the percentage of winning favourites is far lower in handicaps that it on other grade races. The reason for this is quite simple: it is harder to find the winner of a handicap.

The head of the British Horseracing Authority handicapping service once stated that it could take him around 45 minutes to solve a single handicap – punters looking for a good tip should be spending at least as long doing the same! However, with time being as precious a resource as it is, we have collected together some handy tips to make it easier to choose your runner more quickly.

Keep an Eye Out for Alternatives to the Favourites 

As those who enjoy the services of online gambling casino sites will quickly tell you, blindly backing any outcome is not going to serve you, and this is particularly true when it comes to betting on horse racing handicaps.

Favourites do not perform that well in the company of handicaps, and you need to take that it into account. Look elsewhere in handicaps in order to ensure you get the value you require, with value being a key word when it comes to this kind of racing. Punters frequently overlook penalties in favour of a win next to an animal’s name, and this can be very misleading. If a horse has not managed to win for a while, it could be because it is starting to be well-handicapped.

Start at the Last Winning Mark 

A good place to begin when reviewing a handicap is discovering which mark each of the horses last won off of. If there is an exposed horse who has never won above 70, but stands at 73 for its current rating, that is a negative, and probably one that should be set aside. If a horse has a rating of 67 but its last winning mark was 76, this could be one to warrant your interest. Of course, it is vital that you do not assume that every one of the horses below its winning mark will automatically win, and that every horse above it cannot, since there will always be exceptions. But, as a general rule, it will pay off better if you take these factors into account.

How Has the Horse Been Running?

 Taking into account a horse’s running style in the races it has taken part in previously is very important. If the animal has been held up on the last few starts it has made but normally manages to win when prominent, this is something you will need to consider. Horses that make use of different tactics to those usually in place are interesting too. Are connections putting something else into place? Is the horse being weighted in order to help it win? Similarly, if a horse enjoys being buried in mid-diversion and delivered late, but it has lately been front-running, this is something that you may want to investigate more deeply.

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About Editor

Rich Nilsen is a 14-time qualifier to the National Handicapping Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He recently won a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is also a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program. He is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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