The Champion Horse, Deconstructed

Are you looking at the best horse racing tips? You should be if you want to be a skilled punter. Betting on the big games is fun, and it’s very fast paced. You get to see horses and jockeys riding hard, going the extra mile…it’s beautiful, really.

But the bigger point here is that you need to look at how a champion horse actually comes to life. That’s what this article is all about.

First and foremost, all Thoroughbred horses have the same birthday, and they are always born on January 1st. If we’re talking about horses in the Southern Hemisphere, then it’s August 1st. Either way, you have a standardized birthday. There’s also something to be said about the racing itself. Horses are considered ready to go at a year old, which means that training will begin in earnest. Male and female horses are both considered fit for racing.

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Some animal rights activists worry about these horses, but there’s no need for real alarm. This is a breed of horse that’s been bred from the beginning to run on the tracks. If you’re looking at the sport in depth, there is some tragedy involved. Some horses hit the track and they just don’t make it. A broken leg can mean the end of what looks like an otherwise promising career. That’s not a good thing at all.

However, there’s something to be said about looking closer at the trainers and owners involved. Generally speaking, it costs a lot of money to raise and train horses. You have to really know what you’re doing. There is a reason why only a certain number of teams seem to be in the horse racing world for very long. The sheer cost to shelter great horses can be staggering. This is something that you do because you love it, you have the money for it, or you have someone that can sponsor your efforts.

The horses themselves are a wildcard as well. Not only do they have to survive training, but they have to be able to get ridden by just about any jockey at any time. Your jockey also has to be very good. The jockeying world is predominantly male, but there are female jockeys out there.

Speed is everything, but some in the industry are asking in general what the price is for all of that speed and all of that light weight. There are some horses that are a ticking time bomb in terms of health. Is that right? Perhaps not.

There’s always tweaks being made to the horse breeding cycle, in hopes that the next wave will create more beneficial features. Officials have mixed feelings on this, and rules are always in flux. But the benefits are just too good to pass up.

Thinking on all of this will definitely make you a better punter. Be sure that you at least look around some real horse racing portals to get more information.

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Horse Racing

The racing enthusiast headed for the British Isles in search of action had bloody well better do some homework first. Take it from me, mate, they have a way of playing horses that is as different from the American system as is the money you lay down. I learned the hard way, losing a few quid here and there by giving in to the gambler’s impulse to have some action in sports bet. But I became bent on assimilating their “modus operandi” to ensure my selections. And once I did, I collected with assurance instead of relief. It really isn’t that difficult if you take the time to observe, and it certainly is more profitable.

Flat Betting Lines

First, concentrate only on flat racing. Forget about the greyhounds—the flats are far more consistent and reliable. The factors you can use in sports handicapping to handicap horses there will serve your pounds far better than those factors available for thoroughbred dogs. And the action on tap for flat betting is plentiful. Three tracks can be holding meets concurrently and will all be playable via betting parlors. Off-track bookmakers are abundant throughout the country. Clean and comfortable organizations like William Hill provide the public with all the data needed to make an educated wager. In fact, there is more info clinging to the walls of these parlors than you will ever find at an English track. This brings us to the second, and a most important, tip: Don’t go to a racetrack to bet. What I mean is if you are into making a few pounds, the bookmakers at the parlors are far more easy to deal with than the characters on the scene. At the racetrack itself there is a distracting chaos going on with the bookies.

Horse Racing

Tote Betting

You see, very few people are playing what the British call the Tote, which is the closest thing to pari-mutuel wagering they have. It stands to reason, too. Placing a sports betting with the Tote means relying on morning odds. The track does not have a tote board, so there is no visible record as to how odds change with the betting. The pool is simply divided after the race into however many people have wagered on that entry. The bookies, on the other hand, change their odds constantly up to post time and in some cases you can catch a horse who winds up at 5-2 by holding a bookie ticket giving you 6-1 on that same horse. This is because a bookie pays whatever odds you bet at, regardless of later changes. if you bet a horse at 10-1 and he wins, you will be paid 10-1 even if that particular bookie dropped the odds to 6-5 before post. It sure sounds great, eh? But it takes insurmountable concentration to keep up with these blokes. You see, there are a lot of them around, shouting like carnival hawks while scores of gamblers dart from one to another in search of bargains. it is a certified circus of confusion unless you have spent years getting into the flow.

Tic- Tac Man Sports Bet

When I was at Ripon Racecourse one evening, I was pushed and shoved relentlessly by patrons trying to reach a bookie who was giving 6-1 on a horse that another had just dropped to 3-1. One has to be quick, you understand, for each bookie has patrolling the grounds what is known as a Tic- Tac Man. Working along with his respective bookie, the Tic-Tac Man spies on the other bookies and signals over to his partner with flamboyant gesticulations, indicating to him that odds have dropped on a particular horse. The bookie, seeing the sign from the Tic-Tacker, quickly goes to the sponge and erases the odds on his little blackboard, reducing them to whatever the Tic-Tacker has signaled. It is not unusual to see a gambler cover the higher chalked odds, if his hand is quick enough, before the bookie sponges them, ensuring the bet at the pre-Tic-Tacked price. These are gamblers who have a million eyes, no doubt from training themselves to catch the Tic-Tacker as the hand signals are thrown. Only a seasoned patron would be able to cash in on this action. As for myself, I wound up getting a 4-5 ticket design that a veteran would be paid 7-1 on. Remember, you’re on their turf, so you cannot expect to be as sharp as they are.

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The World Didn’t End Merely Because Orb Didn’t Win the Preakness

Okay, we have to be honest: so what if there’s no Triple Crown winner contender this year? Horse racing is more than just the Triple Crown. Hello, isn’t anyone excited for the Breeder’s Cup? Isn’t anyone thinking about how much fun it would honestly be to bet on some of those contenders? Even if a horse loses say, the Preakness, the fact that they even got to compete on that level is amazing. Would you really ignore someone that competed in the Olympics just because they didn’t win a gold medal? Of course not. Even if they went back to their home countries with nothing but a smile and a wink, we should still be happy for them. Competing on such a high level isn’t for everyone. That’s the same concept found in the world of horse racing. You aren’t going to just be able to win your bets all the time, you’re going to have to exercise patience. On the other hand, you still must ensure that you are getting your money’s worth. Culling horses from your rotation isn’t always appreciated, but it’s a good thing.

Triple Crown winner

The Breeder’s Cup will be here soon, which is another reason to tune in. There are also races in England that are coming into view. Are you just going to give up on horse betting merely because Orb didn’t win the Preakness but Oxbow did?

Some hotshot sports commentators are saying that this win actually kills the horse industry. The truth is that horse racing will be around to stay. It is highly unlikely that one win is going to upset anything at all. In fact, it’s more likely that things are just going to continue or remain the same.

Yes, there are great changes to be made, and they will be made. A lot has already changed. But if you’re going to get preachy and quit horse racing over one race merely because your horse didn’t win, it’s pretty easy to call you a sore loser and get away with it. No, really, it’s true. You have to be committed to the sport. That’s where you’ll make amazing horse betting plays. The more that you can play strategically, the more successful that you will be. Handicapping isn’t perfect, but it really does beat just sitting with your butt on your hands. Good luck!

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A Look at Racing Form Data That You Won’t Want to Miss

Going over the data of horse racing can be pretty stressful. There’s a lot of numbers, crammed into a really small space. But if you really want to know the difference between the newbie and the pro, it has to be time. It’s all about what you put into the sport. Some people will be with their gut, and that’s cool…but others will actually do what it takes to go beyond just that and find a world they never realized even existed

If you’re trying to make sense of your choices right now, you’re not alone. Let’s go over the racing form in greater detail. Sit down with a cup of coffee, because this could be a while. There’s a lot of concepts to cover!

Following trends when it comes to the horse racing form is really important. Your top winners are going to have a great chance to keep on winning. The losers tend to either phase out, or incrementally get better. It really depends on what type of trainer they have. If they have a really good trainer, a bad horse can transform into a serious contender. It might take a while, and not just in one season but it can certainly happen.

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What you have to do at this point is look at the freshest wins — only going about four weeks back. You also want to look at how heavy the horse is. Weight is connected to health, whether we like it or not. So a horse that’s putting on great weight and making more wins is definitely more valuable than a horse that’s losing weight.

What about the horse’s ability to push deeper in order to rise above challenges? You don’t want to go with the horse that’s always going for the soft win. That’s a horse that’ll win sometimes, but it will fail when the terrain gets rougher.

You’re better off thinking about things that do play a role in the big wins, like the jockey. If you can look at old races, you’ll see that every jockey has a different style when it comes to his horse.

Keep in mind that every horse has a form, which allows you to really get to know the horse. You’ll be reading a lot of these forms if you’re going to get serious with handicapping. Continue reading

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Previous Grand National Winners – Part 4

Papillon 2000

The 2000 Grand National winner almost did not run as owner Mrs Betty Moran did not like the National. After much persuasion Papillon was entered into the race at odds of 33-1 and was ridden by a very young Ruby Walsh, his father Ted Walsh was the trainer.

Papillon 2000

After the win, pressure was mounted on the owner to enter the 2001 National which Papillon did and came an impressive fourth in a National where the conditions were probably at there worst. After falling at the 19th fence Ruby Walsh manage to climb back onboard and finished 4th out of the only four that were able to complete the race in its harsh conditions.

Red Marauder 2001

Poor weather made this National one of these races you will never forget, rain, rain and more rain! Add some wind, forty horses, two riderless horse and what do you get?

Red Marauder after winning the 2001 Grand National

4 finishers including Red Marauder the 2001 Grand National Winner!

Red Marauder was able to pull away from the well backed Smarty to claim his first National and a first for owner Norman Mason. Richard Guest, who was the jockey in 2001 is now a trainer and Red Marauder has retired.

Memory of G.Murray – 4th May 2009 – Glasgow

I work abroad a lot and was out of the country at the time of the 2001 Grand National and unable to have a bet through the normal channels. An Irish friend and retired bookmaker lived nearby and I mentioned I would like to have a bet in the national. He offered to take my bet. I was a bit out of touch with what was what but I sat down in front of the computer and began making selections.

I could remember Red Marauder winning at Ascot on TV seen he had run 2nd recently and decided to back him ew. Being the national I opted to bet 4 in total all ew. Beau because he had good form, Smarty because he was Jenny Pitmans and Blowing Wind because he had been such a good hurdler and AP was on board. I ended up with the first 3 and had Beau not UR most likely would have had the first 4.

My friends reaction was “A bigger fluke than Foinavaon” of course he was dead right, but that’s the national for you.

Bindaree 2002

The 2002 Grand National winner will stick in most minds due to his fantastic ability in jumping the fences, winning the race by a close length and three quarters to the well known ‘What’s Up Boys’. The race was possibly more memorable due to the fact that only 11 of the forty runners were able to finish the race.

Bindaree 2002

Bindaree was ridden very well by jockey Jim Culloty who had to negotiate the riderless horse Beau, Jim was able to switch and dive between What’s Up Boys and the rail with Bindaree pushing on at the right moment to win the 2002 National.

Memory of J. Parkhurst – 21st April 2009 – Nottingham, UK

I was at my Grans for this National, I had just reached 19 years old and was giving it the big ‘I know everything about betting’. What an idiot I was, offering advice on just about every horse to every memeber of the family telling them their horse wouldn’t win.

I must have backed about 10-15 horses that day, all of them each way and I didn’t get one in the top 4. Thankfully the family didn’t have a go at me, in fact I probably lied and told them I had picked Bindaree – what an idiot!

Monty’s Pass 2003

The 2003 National winner cruised home by an astonishing 12 lengths whilst only 14 of the 40 horses involved were able to finish the tough Aintree course. Jockey Barry Geraghty was full of praise for Monty’s Pass stating, “He was like a cat, he jumped unbelievable, I had a lovely run. There was no traffic up front. It’s a thrill to finish a National never mind to win one. It’s hard to believe he could win so easily.”

Monty's Pass 2003

Easy it seemed by so many lengths, and with rivals such Shotgun, Amberleigh House and Supreme Glory, the way this race was won will be more talked about in the future than how many horses were able to finish the race.

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Previous Grand National Winners – Part 3

Royal Athlete 1995

1995 Winner Royal Athlete beat the 1992 winner Party Politics by seven lengths in this wonderful National. Royal Athlete had sustained so many injuries over his time it was hard to predict if or when he would run.

Royal Athlete 1995

He was due to defend his title but unfortunately the weather played a large part due to frost and snow and therefore Royal Athlete was retired to a Gloucestershire farm where he later died at the age of 20.

Memory of R. Lee – May 21st 2009 – UK

After 6 years being engaged, I proposed to my girlfriend on this day so there was more than the usual excitement. That was until we thought we were invincible and placed half our savings on Royal Athlete! After that we felt immortal. Been married 13 years now too!

Rough Quest 1996

This was a close one! A Grand National where a stewards enquiry had to be held as it seemed Rough Quest had drifted into Encore Un Peu’s path on the final run in.

Rough Quest 1996

A nervous few minutes until the enquiry had been completed suggest Rough Quest was too far away for the crossing of paths to have a relevant effect on the race and Rough Quest was named 1996 Grand National Winner.

Lord Gyllene 1997

The 1997 Grand National winner Lord GYllene was actually bred in New Zealand and with top jockey Tony Dobbin always had a fighting chance of getting the result.

Lord Gyllene 1997

The 1997 Grand National had to be moved due to bomb threats meaning the National had to be re-staged from the Saturday to the Monday.

One of seventeen who completed the race, he had to compete with greats such as Suny Bay, Master Oats and Nahthen Lad.

Lord Gyllene was retired in 2001 due to injury.

Memory of V. Fanning – May 23rd 2009 – UK

I worked in a call centre and had to work the Saturday. I was lucky enough to get off a little earlier for the National as I still had a 35 minute drive. Feel stupid now but I had enough time but I sped and was stopped by the police. They were understanding (slightly) and after all the usual paperwork and tests was sat in my car with the police listening to the race on Five Live. I think even one of the policemen won!!

Earth Summit 1998

A Great Horse. Earth Summit is the only horse to have won The Grand National, Welsh National and Scottish National. Having won the Scottish National in 1994 Earth Summit won the 1998 Grand National ahead of Suny Bay by a huge eleven lengths.

Earth Summit 1998

This was after a near fatal accident at the Haydock Course. Whilst he also won the Welsh National in 1997 at a great price of 25-1 Earth Summit will always be remembered as the horse that won a triple crown of Nationals. Something that may never be done again.

Earth Summit passed away peacefully in 2005 from cancer.

Memory of M. Etherington – 21st April 2009 – UK

I really remember the 1998 National well because my husband and I backed the winner Earth Summit at 18-1, but Jerry didn’t pay tax on the stake which was the thing to do at the time.

Therefore after betting £50 to win we would have expected £900, nonetheless a great race and good to get a win, even if we had to pay the Labour Party for the pleasure!

Bobbyjo 1999

Bobbyjo ridden by Paul Carberry, won the 1999 Grand National and is remembered specifically because he was the first Irish trained horse to win the National in an astonishing 25 years. Incredible when you think of all the great Irish trained horses over that period of time. The jockeys father, Tommy Carberry, was the last jockey to ride an Irish trained National winner when L’Escargot won the 1975 National. The fact Bobbyjo won the Irish National the previous year in 1998 makes the story of this horse even more fascinating.

Bobbyjo 1999

Bobbyjo died at the very early age of 11 due to the non-recovery of a broken bone in his knee.

Memory of T. O’Shea – April 10th 2009 – Ireland

This was the first Grand National I was legally allowed to bet on. Everyone at school was going on about Bobbyjo because we had a girl there that shared the same name. Unfortunately I didn’t listen and as a Michael Jackson fan I went for Double Thriller who fell at the first!

The thing that sticks most in my mind is that back then we had to pay tax before or after the race depending on the result. I suppose I was lucky in one way because I didn’t pay tax on the stake, saved me 90p!

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Previous Grand National Winners – Part 2

Seagram 1991

In 1991 the Grand National was sponsored by Seagram Distillers. That should have told everyone something when a horse called Seagram turned up at 12-1 beating the favoured 7-1 chance Garrison Savannah.

Seagram 1991

The subsidary of Seagram Distillery were called Martell Cognac – ring any bells? From 1992 the National was sponsored by Martell but as yet, no horse with that name has sprung up.

Party Politics 1992

The 1992 National was not just about the race but about the General elections which were to be held a few days after the race. Ironically Party Politics won the race at odds of 14-1 and ridden by the very experienced Carl Llewellyn.

Party Politics 1992

15-2 favourite Docklands Express came fourth but it what one of those Nationals that you felt what was going on in the country, that Party Politics would be the only winner. Some may remember the race when after the 12th fence, the public on that side came rushing across to get to the finish line. An amazing sight.

Memory of Q. Felger – 23rd April 2009 – UK

I remember all the politics going on with John Major and Thatcher which is why I chose Party POlitics, it was pretty obvious it was going to win although I should have backed it more at the time, I paid the 9% stake at the time of the bet but it’s only when the winner comes in that you think I should have placed more on it. I know that’s always the way but I with something like Party Politics happening at the time of the race you should realise this it going to be it. Still had fun although I will always regret not placing more money on him.

Memory of A. Onjo – May 16th 2009 – London

Me and my husband were in New York for this race and because of the time difference we were watching the race at breakfast! It took a while to find a place that would show it, but where theres people theres always an Irish O’Neils bar. God bless them.

1993 VOID

Everyone will remember the mal-organisation of the 1993 Grand National, the false start, the flag raised but not flying. Of 39 horses that started this race only 9 stopped, the other 30 went round as normal, jumping and negotiating fences, some other jockeys were informed by which time it was too late.

1993 Grand National

The day started with Animal Rights protestors on the track, then certain horses were became entwined in the starting tape meaning there were two false starts prior to the third and final start. Esha Ness was the first horse to cross the line ridden by John White who believe even after crossing the line that others had fallen and he had won the race.

Memory of H. Brown – May 22nd 2009 – Ireland

To this day I am sure if the race had run its correct course I would have won big this time. Must have been a very difficult day for the bookmakers.

Memory of U. Potter – 20th April 2009 – Ireland

In a strange way I got quite excited about this race as the horse I had picked(cannot remember the name) was a 150-1 shot and was one of about 10 horses that did not go round.

There was talk that the race would be re-run, possibly with the remaining horses, and as I had taken the price each way I felt I had a good chance.

Unfortunately for me that was not the case and the whole race became void, it must been really embarrassing for the staff as I felt it was they that balls’d it up. At least the bookies were so king to pay all the bets back. I could imagine them trying to pull a sneaky one out of that.

Miinnehoma 1994

Owned by the very funny comedian Freddie Starr, Miinnehoma won the 1994 Grand National by a length and one quarter to ‘Just So’. 36 started the race with only six finishing the Aintree course.

Miinnehoma 1994

Snow and rain meant the conditions were not ideal for most horses but with Miinnehom and Just So fighting it out at the end it was memorable enough to class this as one of the best, if not to look at for weather reasons but for the jockeys and horses.

Memory of S. Corrigan – 23rd April 2009 – UK

I actually saw Freddie Starr before the race, I didn’t know he owned a horse and he told me his horse had a small chance because the weather was so bad, he was so funny telling jokes to those around him, everyone was in stitches, I remember there being a sort of aura about him, as if he was special, I was so glad his horse won.

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The Grand National

The Grand National – The most prestigious horse racing event of the year – every year. 40 jockeys, 40 horses, 4 miles 2 furlongs and 30 jumps, what an event!

Everyone enjoys the National whether you are placing money on the race or not. It is a time where the whole family sits together, cheers their chosen horse on and have a great 15 minutes together.

The Grand National, the largest of all the Nationals started in 1839 and has gone on to be a huge race throughout the world of horse racing. Winners like Red Rum and Aldaniti are not just winners of the Great Race but the stories behind these fantastic horses and jockeys will remain in memories forever. The year of 93 will never be forgotten, unfortunately for the wrong reasons.

grand national horse race

The road to the Grand National starts with other great races such as the Irish, Welsh and Scottish Nationals, many that brave these races go on to take part in the great race, not to mention the Cheltenham Festival which is really the springboard for the Grand National, including the Gold Cup – another wonderful race in the racing calendar.

The most important aspect of betting on the Grand National is that you enjoy it and bet responsibly, it is such a beautiful race that the best way is to bet a little and enjoy each race as though it will be the last.

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Previous Grand National Winners – Part 1

Hallo Dandy 1984

Gordon Richards was the jockey on Hallo dandy for this race and did wonderfully in seeing off favourite Greasepaint, Corbiere and Lucky Vane. He retied in 1986 but was unfortunately loaned to an Earl of Onslow, a Tory member of the House of Lords who used Hallo Dandy for hunting. 8 years later Hallo Dandy was in a terrible state and had obviously not been looked after at all.

Hallo Dandy

Thankfully a Carrie Humble (Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre that retrains retired horses) and Aintree commentator Peter O’Sullevan, bought Hallo Dandy back to full health. He died at the Grand Old age of 33 – thankfully, due to Carrie Humble, more happy years than miserable years with this Earl of Onslow.

Last Suspect 1985

A brilliant 50-1 outsider no-one saw Last Suspect coming, ridden by Hywel Davies fended off some classic National horses to win the 1985 Grand National in Mr Snugfit, Corbiere and Greasepaint who was the 13-2 joint favourite.

Last Suspect 1985

West Tip 1986

One of the Grand National’s best. West Tip not only won in 1986 at odds of 15-2 but ran a consecutive six Nationals from 1985 to 1990 on West Tip, where he was actually favourite in 1985 but fell at Bechers Brook on the second lap, finishing each way in all but 1990 where he finished a respectable tenth.

West Tip 1986

Richard Dunwoody, the famous jockey also won in 1994 aboard Freddie Star’s horse Miinnehoma when the conditions could have been classed as torrential.

Maori Venture 1987

1987 Grand National Winner Maori Venture was a rank outsider at 28-1, and at 11 years old but at a good weight of 10-13 was ridden superbly by Steve Knight was able to see off the likes of The Tsarevich,Lean Ar Aghaidh and 1986 winner West Tip who was the 5-1 favourite.

Maori Venture 1987

T & J. Dowd – 23rd April 2009 – New Zealand

I think we backed Maori Venture because we were visiting friends in Cheshire and we come from New Zealand. We had not heard about this race but our friends told us how amazing it was.

We told them we knew nothing about racing and doubted we would win any money. When my wife saw that a horse called Maori Venture was running we just had to back it, I mean most people just back a horse they like the sound of so why not. When we went back to New Zealand we made a habit every year of making sure we watch it, if the horse has a name that means something to our homeland then we will back it 100%!

Rhyme ‘N’ Reason 1988

Ridden by Brendan Powell the 1988 Grand National winner was a generous 10-1 shot which made this a bad day for the bookmakers. Especially as Rhyme ‘N’ Reason fell at Bechers Brook first time round but managed to continue to victory. 2nd favourite was 1986 winner West Tip at 11-1 who managed a respectable 4th.

Rhyme 'N' Reason 1988

Rhyme ‘N’ Reason also won the Irish National in 1985 making him one of the ‘Special’ horses that were able to complete a double.

Mr Frisk 1990

A winning horse ridden by an amateur jockey by the name of Marcus Armytage, this was a truly fascinating finish with Mr Frisk and Durham Edition going all out after the final fence. Mr Frisk was always in the lead, with it looking like he was being caught up, then he wasn’t, then he was, then he wasn’t.

It was real nail and tooth stuff but Mr Frisk just had enough of a lead, the fans were going loopy with Durham Edition a punters choice with odds of 9-1 just being beaten to the post by 16-1 Mr Frisk 1990 Grand National Champion by half a length.

Mr Frisk 1990

Memory of P. Somersall – 24th April 2009 – UK

This has to be my favourite National of all time, the first one I watched was in 1987 when Maori Venture won it, but because 1990 was so close I reckon it has to be up there with the best of them. I was watching this one on tv and everyone who was watching with me were shouting for Durham Edition to catch Mr Frisk up. It looked as though it would but Mr Frisk just kept on going showing great stamina although you would have to give credit to both jockeys for making this National such a great close race!

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Choosing Which Horse to Bet On

When you are betting on a horse race, it can sometimes be difficult to know which one to bet on. Here are some tips as to what to consider when you are making a William Hill horse racing bet.

Past form

It is worth considering the past form of the horse to see whether it may do well. Look at its general past form as well as whether it has taken part in this particular race in previous years and how well it did then. More recent form is probably more relevant than form from a long time ago, but it is all worth some consideration.

Horse to Bet On

Ground

Whether the ground is hard or soft can have an effect on how well the horse performs. It is often well known as to whether a horse performs better on certain surfaces. On the day of the race there will be an announcement as to what the ground is like so that will help the person placing the bet to decide.

Jockey

The jockey can be as important as the horse when deciding whether the horse might win the race. Consider their experience generally and in that specific race before making a bet. It is also worth thinking about whether they have ridden that particular horse before.

Odds

The odds are important because they show what other people think about the chances of horses winning the race. People do say that the favourite doesn’t ever win, but actually they often do and they are the horse that most people think will win. You need to consider how much risk you want to take though because if you bet on the favourite you will get less money back if it does win. However, if you bet on a less popular horse, the odds will mean that you will get paid more money if that horse does win. You may prefer to have a chance of winning more but take more risk or you may prefer to have a better chance of winning any prize and take less risk.

Tips

You may find that you know people who are willing to give you tips on which horse might win the race. Some people do a lot of research and therefore have a lot of information; others tend to just get lucky. You may like to listen to tips or you may prefer to just make up your own mind.

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