The Tip­sters Tool­box

If you’ve ever won­dered what tools a horse rac­ing tip­ster uses – then it’s time to take a look!

Racing Ahead - - BETTING GODS -

Ican’t speak for ev­ery horse rac­ing tip­ster out there but I’m sure, like me, many en­ter the eter­nal bat­tle against the book­ies armed with a set of tools that give them the max­i­mum chance of pick­ing win­ners and mak­ing a profit.

SPEED RAT­INGS

Whether you want to com­pile your own,or use one of the many ser­vices out there such as Time­form, it’s good to have speed-rat­ings that give you a good in­di­ca­tion of how fast a horse can run. How­ever, it’s not quite as easy as sim­ply pick­ing the horse that has the fastest rat­ing, as you must fac­tor in what ef­fect cri­te­ria such as the go­ing or the draw may have had on past per­for­mances,and what they may have on the race you’re look­ing at. I es­pe­cially like speed-rat­ings in races where you have one or more con­sis­tent front-run­ners in the line-up, as you can of­ten rule out sev­eral run­ners who have failed to run that fast in the past.

WEIGHTS AND MEA­SURES

Look­ing back through pre­vi­ous races to make your own form­book is al­ways a good idea, but it’s point­less if you don’t un­der­stand weights and mea­sures. The hand­i­cap­per al­lots each horse a rat­ing, and these are used in hand­i­caps.The dif­fer­ent weights each horse car­ries are meant to bring them closer to­gether,so its para­mount that you un­der­stand how many lengths each pound a horse car­ries equates to over cer­tain dis­tances.

STATIS­TICS

No statis­tic is ever set in stone, and pat­terns are fre­quently chang­ing. How­ever, some races throw-up very sim­i­lar win- ners time and time again re­gard­ing weights-car­ried, age and draw. Check­ing back through the archives can also show which train­ers have de­cent records in cer­tain races. In many in­stances, these statis­tics can help you nar­row down the field to a se­lect band of horses.

VIDEO ARCHIVES

Watch­ing a race once is likely to leave you with just one im­pres­sion, usu­ally of the horse that you had your money on. How­ever,watch a race back sev­eral times and you will likely no­tice sev­eral in­stances that may have cost a horse a length here or a length there, and that could make all the dif­fer­ence next time if the same mis­takes or mis­for­tune can be avoided.

TRACK­ERS

One of the best tools of re­cent times is the Tracker, and this tool is perfect for mak­ing notes about horses and their ideal con­di­tions. Of course, you can also pro­gram a tracker to no­tify you when a horse is run­ning,which can save you a lot of valu­able time. You can also see your notes and, if the horse has its perfect con­di­tions, then you just have to check its op­po­nents haven’t got an even bet­ter chance of win­ning.

JUDGE­MENT

Whilst ev­ery­one can use the tools high­lighted above, there’s no doubt that the best tool of all is your own judge­ment. Speed rat­ings tell you how fast a horse can run, but not how fast a race will be run.Weights and mea­sures tell you which horses are well-hand­i­capped but not whether the trainer is in good enough form for his horse to take ad­van­tage. Statis­tics of­fer a guide, but it’s the per­son who can recog­nise the new pat­tern that’s form­ing that will gain a value-an­gle. Mean­while, any­one can watch a winner on a video archive, but spot­ting the un­lucky horses is the way to pick­ing fu­ture win­ners.

Luck­ily, at Bet­ting Gods there are a sta­ble of suc­cess­ful tip­sters who back their judge­ment with their money, and yours if you let them. So, if you like to bet – bet like a Bet­ting God!

North Hill Har­vey

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