Horse Racing Betting Strategy

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Horse racing remains one of the most popular and exciting sports to bet on. But for the casual punter, or even seasoned pros looking to liven up their approach, the sheer number of 'dead cert' methods and the volume of data available in form guides, racing papers and beyond can seem like enormous hurdles to choosing a reliable betting strategy.

When it comes down to it, though, it's not as difficult as it may first appear - in fact, all approaches are built on three fundamental principles: studying form, knowing your horse, and playing the numbers game.

Horse Racing Strategy Articles


Finding Long Bets for the Grand National 2017
Finding Long Bets for the Grand National 2017

The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Race is the highlight of the season at Aintree, taking place on Saturday 8 April. This betting preview will tell you everything you need to know about the odds ... Read More

Betway Secures Partnership for this Year’s Grand National
Betway Secures Partnership for this Year’s Grand National

The bookmaker Betway has just put pen to paper on a seven-figure, three-year deal to become the official betting partner of the Grand National Festival. The meeting remains one of the racing calendar' ... Read More

Biggest and Best Free Bets of the Cheltenham Festival 2017
Biggest and Best Free Bets of the Cheltenham Festival 2017

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most watched events in the world, especially in the UK and Ireland. With so much attention turned to the event, specifically from those looking to make a punt or ... Read More

Ultimate Guide to the Best Bets of Cheltenham Festival 2017
Ultimate Guide to the Best Bets of Cheltenham Festival 2017

The Cheltenham Festival is once again upon us, bringing together the best British and Irish horses and jockeys just in time to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. Will the luck of the Irish be with you as you ... Read More

BetBright Cup Adds £10k Donation to the Injured Jockey Fund
BetBright Cup Adds £10k Donation to the Injured Jockey Fund

BetBright has announced, starting in 2017, the winning BetBright Cup Captain will receive a £10,000 donation to the Injured Jockey Fund in their respective country. The BetBright Cup (formally the Pre ... Read More

Repeat Win for Cue Card at the King George VI Chase?
Repeat Win for Cue Card at the King George VI Chase?

The annual post-Christmas Day Grade 1 National Hunt chase at Kempton Park looks set to be another cracker this year, despite some notable absentees. There's no doubt last year's winner of the 32Red sp ... Read More

Studying the Form

The form guide is the starting point for every self-respecting horse racing aficionado, and some systems are based solely on trend spotting in these racing-in-a-nutshell data sheets. A form guide will tell you:

  • Horse's Last Racing Positions | usually set out as, for example, 321-14-7 meaning that last year the horse came 3rd, 2nd and 1st, this year it came 1st then 4th, and it will wear the number seven
  • Horse's and Trainer's Names | some systems run solely on names; the identity of the trainer is useful information, however, as a bit of research will turn up their experience in training winners
  • Horse's Weight| something to compare to the rest of the field to work out how big, quick or easily tired a horse could be
  • Jockey | the talent, experience and skill of a jockey is valued as much as the pedigree of the horse in some systems, and rightly so

If you cross reference these details with the conditions of the races your horse has run, there's enough information on a form guide to build a basic, successful system. And many punters do just that.

Knowing Your Horse

On top of the form guide, a number of bookies are making a horse's recent race history available for their customers to watch online. Many professional gamblers absorb information better this way, because you get a feel of how a horse runs on various surfaces, how it responds in a pack, which lanes the horse and jockey are most at home in, when the jockey decides to push that bit harder and so on.

These elements are often available in condensed, jargon-heavy paragraphs in publications like The Racing Post, but nothing beats witnessing a race for yourself. First hand experience at the tracks can go along way when getting to know your horse.

Playing the 'Numbers Game'

Many a horse racing betting strategy ignores such detailed assessments and simply plays the numbers game. These systems frequently follow financial models, and are best deployed at betting exchanges where you can lay as well as bet. Examples of techniques involved in the numbers game are: hedging (betting on multiple horses to spread your risk) and arbitrage (laying a horse when odds are low, backing it when odds are high).

This approach is best suited to those who know numbers better than sport, but they take dedication to a system, and there's no room for panic betting. Of course, most systems incorporate elements of all of these methods.

Very few rely on just one method. The important thing is to know which principle best fits your approach to betting, build your system with that as a basis, and apply it consistently over a fixed period of time so that you can accurately and fairly assess its viability.

Horse Racing Strategy Articles


Betway Becomes an Authorised Betting Partner of the British Horseracing Authority
Betway Becomes an Authorised Betting Partner of the British Horseracing Authority

Bookmaker Betway has agreed a three-year deal with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to become an Authorised Betting Partner (ABP). As an ABP, Betway is now making voluntary payments to fund the ... Read More

Best UK Horse Racing App
Best UK Horse Racing App

Currently, there are around 60 horse racing venues in the UK, but if you can't get down to one next race day, you can still enjoy a bet from the comfort of your own home. Here are some of the best app ... Read More

Kentucky Derby 2016 Betting Preview
Kentucky Derby 2016 Betting Preview

International horse racing fans are in for a treat this weekend, with the 2016 Kentucky Derby getting underway on Saturday 7th May. Hopeful punters will be willing their lucky pick to triumph at the f ... Read More

William Hill Opens Markets for UK's Big Horse Racing Week
William Hill Opens Markets for UK's Big Horse Racing Week

The sun is out, which means the racing season is well underway, and at William Hill you can find all the best odds from the UK's leading events. Next up on the docket for fans of flat racing are three ... Read More

Grand National 2016 Betting Preview: Many Clouds Eyes Historic Victory
Grand National 2016 Betting Preview: Many Clouds Eyes Historic Victory

It is the most prestigious, most talked about and most bet upon race in the National Hunt calendar, and this year’s Grand National story is jam-packed with intriguing sub-plots. Will Many Clouds becom ... Read More

Cheltenham Festival 2016 Betting Preview: The Queen Mother Champion Chase
Cheltenham Festival 2016 Betting Preview: The Queen Mother Champion Chase

Tuesday 15th March marks a stand-out event in the National Hunt calendar this year, as the best British and Irish-trained racehorses will be descending on Gloucestershire for the 2016 Cheltenham Festi ... Read More

32Red Takes the Lead in Cheltenham Festival's World Hurdle Sponsorship Stakes
32Red Takes the Lead in Cheltenham Festival's World Hurdle Sponsorship Stakes

The race to sponsor the Cheltenham Festival's World Hurdle is on, and 32Red is looking like the frontrunner. ... Read More

Coral Welsh Grand National 2015 Betting Preview
Coral Welsh Grand National 2015 Betting Preview

For horse racing fans, the Welsh Grand National on 27th December is as much a part of the festive period as presents and carols. The highlight of both the Chepstow and the Welsh racing calendar, the p ... Read More

2015 Tingle Creek Chase Betting Preview: Un De Sceaux's Dropout Shakes Up Field
2015 Tingle Creek Chase Betting Preview: Un De Sceaux's Dropout Shakes Up Field

Much-anticipated by most horse racing punters, the 2015 Tingle Creek Chase will get underway at Sandown Park on December 5 – and all signs had pointed toward a comfortable lead for Willie Mullins' top ... Read More

2015 William Hill King George VI Chase Betting Preview
2015 William Hill King George VI Chase Betting Preview

With just a few weeks to go until the runners and riders are in their stalls ready for the off, bookmakers are beginning to speculate on which pairing will come away victorious in this year's William ... Read More

Ramsbottom Punter Wins £158k Horse Racing Accumulator
Ramsbottom Punter Wins £158k Horse Racing Accumulator

According to Rossendale Free Press, one lucky punter picked up a whopping £158,000 after a successful day of horse racing last week. The 58-year-old retired magistrate won after he managed to pick all ... Read More

Bin Washer Cleans Up Big With £1.3m Accumulator Win
Bin Washer Cleans Up Big With £1.3m Accumulator Win

A Nottinghamshire-based wheelie bin cleaner has turned a £2 coin into £1.3 million by placing a six-horse accumulator bet. 39-year-old Craig Brazier placed the Scoop6 bet in his home town of Mansfield ... Read More

Horse Racing Betting Strategy: Choosing and Using a Strategy
Horse Racing Betting Strategy: Choosing and Using a Strategy

There are a huge range of factors that inform who will win a race, but adopting a betting system can cut through the swathes of info and help you choose a horse more quickly and consistently. ... Read More

Lucky Punter Picks up £47,000 for £7 Bet at Cheltenham Festival
Lucky Punter Picks up £47,000 for £7 Bet at Cheltenham Festival

Clarets fan and lifelong horse-racing punter Dave Parsons performed a magic trick worthy of David Blaine, turning a £7 bet into a £47,000 winning pot. ... Read More

Horse Racing Punter Could Become a Millionaire from a £2 Bet
Horse Racing Punter Could Become a Millionaire from a £2 Bet

Six was the lucky number for one punter who, in his 60’s, managed to win £412,961 from just £2 placed on a Tote Scoop6 bet in his local branch of Coral. ... Read More

Lucky Liverpool Great-Grandmother Wins £154,000 from £2 Bet
Lucky Liverpool Great-Grandmother Wins £154,000 from £2 Bet

One lucky Liverpool fan not only watched as her team trounced Arsenal 5-1, but she also won £150,000 at the same time. ... Read More

Horse Racing Fan Wins Over £72,000 on Lucky 15 Bet
Horse Racing Fan Wins Over £72,000 on Lucky 15 Bet

An anonymous IT worker hailing from London has managed to win just over £72,000 on a Lucky 15 bet. The series of bets, spread across three of the country’s racecourses, saw the punter put £6 on each, ... Read More

Coral Accumulator Pays Out Big For Lucky Punter
Coral Accumulator Pays Out Big For Lucky Punter

An anonymous and incredibly lucky punter from Surrey has walked away with a staggering £206,000, after placing a six horse accumulator bet costing him a total of just £18. ... Read More

Horse Racing Betting Strategy: Placepots Explained
Horse Racing Betting Strategy: Placepots Explained

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Online Punter Wins £210,000 from 1p and 2p Bets
Online Punter Wins £210,000 from 1p and 2p Bets

A very lucky online customer of William Hill has walked away with winnings of over £200,000 after staking a total of just £15.84 in a series of 1p and 2p accumulator bets on Sunday’s horse racing. ... Read More

Racing Betting Strategy: Forecast and Tricast Bets
Racing Betting Strategy: Forecast and Tricast Bets

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Sports Betting Strategy: Horse Racing
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Lucky Paddy Power Punter Wins €32,600 with Perfect Ten
Lucky Paddy Power Punter Wins €32,600 with Perfect Ten

Paddy Power has had to crack open the coffers after one very lucky punter secured a massive prize of €32,600 with a stunning horseracing accumulator win. ... Read More

Sports Betting Strategy: Multiples Betting
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Horse Racing Betting Strategy: Jump vs Flat Racing
Horse Racing Betting Strategy: Jump vs Flat Racing

At first glance, National Hunt racing – or jump racing – and flat racing would not appear to be hugely different. The races are on turf, the furlong poles are the same distance apart and the winning p ... Read More

Horse Racing Betting Strategy: Keys to Being Successful Long Term
Horse Racing Betting Strategy: Keys to Being Successful Long Term

Success in horse racing betting is like a fine wine: you must take your time before you reap the benefits. It is incredibly difficult to make money quickly on the horses, since the outcome of the majo ... Read More

Horse Racing Betting Strategy: How To Pick a Horse
Horse Racing Betting Strategy: How To Pick a Horse

When it comes to horse racing, there are many variables to consider when trying to pick out a winning horse before a race has even started. ... Read More

Horse Racing Betting Strategy: How to Read Form
Horse Racing Betting Strategy: How to Read Form

At first, the close-knit, dense style of the horse racing form can appear confusing – but once you get accustomed to the small-print, studying the credentials of a horse couldn’t be simpler. ... Read More

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