Handicapping Step-by-Step, A Beginner’s Guide

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Follow these simple steps and watch your returns increase with the next horse race you bet on.  Find out, with an easy to follow step-by-step guide, how to start handicapping for better bets. Even experienced players may enjoy coming in at a new angle!

 

  1. Read Past Performances 

The first step is your learning how to read past performances.

A quick search on how to do this properly online will give you some explanations to help you get started. This step is a good one for all types of betting online -if you frequently enjoy no deposit bingo sites, for example, analysing your past results will help you predict future returns more accurately.

 

  1. Handicap the Race 

Now you will start handicapping the race, which essentially has you projecting or predicting its outcome.

Identify the contenders, eliminate the pretenders, and make these choices more easily thanks to the information on past performances you have gathered. These aspects include:

 

  • Class

This is used to evaluate one horse’s ability over another, and you judge a horse’s class by looking at their performance over various competition levels. Class is easiest to judge in stake races, and you simply eliminate those who are not at the class level of the race you want to bet on.

 

  • Speed Figures

These judge the horse’s speed, and you will need to compare the final times of the races a particular horse has won. You will then locate the speed figures assigned to the horse for each of these races, easily accessed online, and average out the last three or four speed figures to gain a more accurate measurement. Eliminate horses that are obviously not fast enough.

 

  • Recent Form

This determines a horse’s degree of readiness to compete and overall fitness. Just like other athletes, horses get tired, experience slumps, get injured, or simply check out. Judging a horse’s form cycle can be tricky, but if the animal has performed well in the last two or three races it has run in, you can assume its form is good. Eliminate those who are not in good form.

 

  • Pace Scenario

This is used to find out how the race will be run, determining which running style will enjoy an advantage. If the speed of the race, the pace, is too fast, mid-pack and come-from-behind horses, closers, will enjoy an advantage. If the pace is slow, front-running animals and stalkers will benefit. Eliminate all the horses that are disadvantaged because of the race’s pace scenario.

 

  1. Analyse Winning Horses’ Trips 

After you have ruled out the horses you feel sure don’t stand a chance, it is important that you get the video footage of the winners’ performances and analyse these in detail. Doing this is easy, just create an online betting account that provides its players with free replays.

 

  1. Make Your Bet 

Now its time to wager. Don’t bet on underlays, or horses that have odds lower than their chances of winning. Over the long run you will fare better wagering on horses that give you fair odds, or those that are overlays and have odds higher than they should be.

 

There are Many Options 

If you gathered 100 handicappers and asked them how to handicap, you would receive 100 different methods. This is just one way, written so as not to overwhelm bettors who are just starting out. Give these steps a good try, and make a note of whether you find your returns improving.