Gambling is a huge industry, millions of pounds are gambled day after day and despite the recession the figure is growing. One of the main forms of gambling is horse racing and thanks to the Internet it is now possible to bet from any part of the world on horse races in any continent.
One of the biggest beliefs of many punters is that they would get more winners if they had "inside" information from the trainer or owner. In fact there are many tipsters who tout what they claim to be "inside" information and often charge a handsome price for it. Their customers usually find out how good this information is as they see the selection fail miserably.
However, there is a way that anyone can learn a great deal about a trainer's intention without paying for it. It just requires a little work and study. These days it is quite expensive to send a horse to a race meeting. The entry fees, the cost of transport and on long journeys and possible overnight accommodation have to be considered.
This means that if a trainer sends a solitary horse on a long distance (over 200 miles) for a race it could mean he or she considers the horse has a good chance of winning.
There are some trainers who are known for making these successful long distance raids.
Obviously not all horses that travel a long distance to a race will win but many will and they are always worth looking at. The main signs to look for are:
1. The trainer sends one horse over 200 miles.
2. The race prize money is not particularly large.
3. Look back in the trainers records to see if they have successfully done this before.
You can find all of the information for this on the Racing Post web site (www.racingpost.com) or in the daily printed issue of The Racing Post newspaper.
Another significant "inside" tip to watch out for is a jockey who makes a long journey for just one ride. The higher the jockey is in the championship standings the more noteworthy it is.
Looking for trainers who are prepared to "go the distance" can be more rewarding than relying on the word of someone, who knows someone inside a racing stable.