Basic Principles of Finding Winners at the Races


Backing winners at the horse races need not be a painstaking exercise especially with the internet making it much easier to research the form than it used to be. Just one click on the horse's name will bring up its career record on any of the major racing sites. It is here where you will find horses who are well placed to win compared to their recent starts. They may have been dropped in grade or carrying less weight than in recent starts, or whatever. You can access this information in seconds. Here instead of telling you what you should do, I will tell you have I selected and backed some of the winners as an example.

Ruby Row was a horse I backed first-up after a spell at Riccarton in March. She was entered for a 10k race which is the first time she had been entered for a race worth less than 20k. As a previous course and distance winner and with an excellent record when coming off a layoff, I backed her and she won paying $6

She then raced against better company in her next three or four runs but back in May she was racing in a mid week event at Ashburton. I bet her again and she won paying $13

At Royal Ascot I backed Coronet in one of the Group three races. She had finished unplaced in both her starts during the current season in Group one company but was unbeaten in two starts as a two-year-old. In other words, she had never been beaten in races lower than group one. Coronet duly won at 9/1

In July, one good priced winner I backed was Whatwedo at Wanganui. He had finished down the track at Hastings just five days earlier. That race was at 1400 metres and now he was back to his favourite distance of 1200 metres. Also he was racing on his favourite course this time where he had won twice previously. His past record at Hastings where he last raced was poor. Whatwedo won paying $13.50 but I got the early odds of 25/1 on him.

A promising horse in winning form is always a good bet and one such winner I backed was Rawmaterial at Riccarton. He had won three from eight starts, won his most recent race, and was not carrying more weight than at his last race. I backed him and he won at 8/1. There are lots of this type of horses like this that win and they are not hard to spot.

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