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What To Look For When Betting On Horses and Horse Races

Knowing what factors to keep your eye on before placing a bet on a horse race could be the difference between a successful, and an unsuccessful wager. Horse racing is an immensely popular sport in Australia, not just for punters but for breeders and trainers as well.

One of the results of this is that there are a vast number of races that vary in importance and size. This means that there are a vast number of thoroughbred horses running, who also vary in quality. Being able to tell which horse is the better one in a field of runners should be the first step towards a potentially lucrative wager.

Smaller Races Offer A Different Quality Of Horse

As with many things, the smaller and lesser known a particular event is, the lesser-known athletes it will attract. This is true for horse racing as well. The big races such as the Melbourne Cup attract a calibre of horse rated in the top tier of the country, also known as elite thoroughbreds. Black Caviar and Takedown are examples of these equine athletes, and their quality both as runners and as potential breeding animals is unquestionable.

Smaller races, however, should not be overlooked as one can place some seriously lucrative wagers on these.  Smaller races usually mean that the horses i are not as well known as the animals in the bigger races. These horses are often trucked in to the race grounds just before the race, and taken away just after. They are also trained by lesser known trainers who may have different training methods to the more well known personalities who are in the spotlight all the time. This being said, if you have a good knowledge of horses, their bloodlines, how they are trained and trucked, and their injury history you have an advantage when placing a wager.


Understanding what to look out for when betting on horse races involves knowing your bloodlines. Certain bloodlines in Australia are known to produce winning horses. The Danehill Danzig line has proven itself time and again, with many horses who have Danehill on their sire line two or three generations back blazing past other runners. This is especially important in the smaller races, where a field of horses may be made up of many different qualities.

Take the time to read up on each horse before the race so as to get an idea of his or her breeding. Bloodlines are, of course, not a definite factor as individuals and exceptions to the rule always occur, although they are a great place to start.

Racing History

Knowing what to look out for when betting on horse races involves being able to read a horse’s previous racing history. This information is available online, either at sports betting sites or sites that cater specifically to those looking for lineage, form and horse history.

Thoroughbreds are delicate creatures, and need to be spelled often during their racing careers. Spelling is where they get time off in a field to recuperate from the gruelling training regime. If a horse comes back after a period of being spelled they may perform better as they are well rested, or they may not be at their physical peak, so watching for trends here is important.

Thoroughbred horses, do not, as a rule, recover well enough from serious injury or illness to ever race at their top form again. When looking at your field of runners, remember that a horse, no matter how good he was in the past, probably won’t be able to win again after an injury. If a horse has taken time off for injury, be very hesitant to back him as a winner.

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