Which Are The Best Horse Races To Bet On?

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There are a number of things to consider, when choosing the best type of horse race to bet on. Here are some of the things you need to think about.

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Flat & National Hunt

There are two different types of gallop horse races. Flat and National Hunt. National Hunt races are for jumpers. Flat races do not involve obstacles. There are occasional National Hunt races that do not involve jumping and these are referred to as bumper races.

If you are betting on a National Hunt race, you must remember that it is not enough for your horse to be the fastest in the race. It must successfully get around the course, without falling at any of the fences. The obstacles create more chances for something to go wrong, although this can happen to any horse in the race and not just yours!

With a flat race, horses are very unlikely to fall. Once again though, the fastest horse may not win. The draw could be very important, along with the speed that a horse will reach the first corner. This can be crucial to deciding a race. If a horse does not get a good position, it may be impossible for it to overtake the others around the bend – especially if the race is being run at a fast pace.

Of course, National Hunt horses have to go around corners as well! However, they are almost always running over a longer distance so there are many more opportunities to make up lost ground. Jumps races don’t even use starting stalls and the runners just canter off in a group.

Important Factors

Neither type of race is better than the other, when it comes to betting. There are so many factors that need to be considered, when choosing the winner. How well, is the horse bred, who is the jockey, what is the trainer’s name and what sort of form is their yard in? How successful have both the jockey and trainer been at the racecourse? What is the ground like, etc.

Handicaps

You should also look to see if the race is a handicap or just a conditions race. In a conditions race, all of the runners will be carrying the same weights. In handicaps, the horses are weighted differently, based on previous performances. The handicapper would like all of the horses to finish together, but this never happens!

Trainers are sometimes looking to pull the wool over the handicapper’s eyes and may enter a horse that is not at peak fitness, to get a lower weight for a future race.

If the yard likes to bet on it’s own runners, they might do the same in a conditions race. They know when their horse will be at peak fitness and that is when they will get their money on.

Elite Contests

The one way to be sure that all of the horses are at peak fitness and that the connections are going all out for the win is to bet on high class races. These races have high entry fees and huge purses. No owner or trainer will enter a horse unless they think it has a good chance of running competitively, so these will usually be the best type of horse races for you to bet on.

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