Sometimes we feel inspired to take a punt on the horses from time to time, but for those amongst us who lack an expert’s knowledge on the various runners and riders, but who nonetheless intend to base our selections on more than pure guesswork, it can be quite a difficult business trying to take an educated guess as to which of the participants will succeed.
The racing press will give us some of the indicators. From there we can learn which of the horses in a particular race have some kind of history of success, whether they are carrying a handicap, whether they are moving up a class, or down as the case may be. Sometimes the choice of jockey may provide an indication of to how serious the owners are about a certain race. The name of the trainer could help us to make a decision, or indeed the distance the horse has travelled in order to get to the meeting. All of these factors and more can play their part in deciding the likelihood of your horse of choice passing the winning post before its competitors.
All the same, if you’re a mere novice you are really still only guessing. Bookmakers make a great deal of money from “experts” who have studied form meticulously and used sound information to reach entirely the wrong conclusion.
So if one is serious about wishing to defy the odds and to select the winner it can sometimes be a good idea to rely upon a bit of help, and without question the best place to look is to somebody whose job it is to correctly predict the outcome of horse races and who can demonstrate a successful track record of so doing over a period of time.
There are numerous pundits ready to offer betting advice and race tips. They range from the man in the pub who sits, beer on bar, surrounded by discarded betting slips devoid of any exchange value, to sophisticated websites resplendent with graphs, wordy technical data and scientific formulae.