The Winning Secrets
INTRODUCTIONPICKING A WINNING HORSE
here is a heap of information to be found, regarding the horse’s, jockeys andtrainers, racecourse conditions, betting odds and so on. It’s very easy to getweighed down and buried with all this, unless you carefully assess the factorsand use the information to choose the best horse for a particular race.A look at form in the racing pages will enable you to balance the ability of one horsewith another. Here are some major points to you need to consider.
Has the horse won a race within the last month?
Has the handicap weight been increased or decreased since it last ran?
Is the horse a regular winner or has it had a few jammy wins?
How does this race measure up to with previous wins - speed, distance,course, conditions, etc.?
What was the winning scope last time?
Will the same jockey be riding this time?A horse's ability on a racecourse can be affected by many factors such as its age,health, training tactics, barrier draw, weight to be carried, length of the race and thecapability of the jockey.On Good courses, fast horses will win more races than slow horses, nevertheless,soft and wet surfaces are a big equalizer. That’s where the slower horse without thequick turn of foot can win. It just keeps plodding away at the same speed.Heavy weights on rain affected courses bog down many class horses. On goodcourses weight is not so significant. However when a horse faces a weight rise inmixture with a change from a good barrier draw to a very wide barrier draw there’s amultiplying affect of disadvantages.A horse's ability to carry weight is a significant factor, which cannot be ignored. Eachhorse has an individual weight level beyond which it cannot perform in races toanywhere near its usual ability.A horse's form on individual courses can be affected by any number of factors suchas the weather, wind, racecourse condition and rail positions. Some punters eventake into account the distance the horse has to be transported to the race venue.The ability of the jockey cannot be ignored when trying to weigh up a horse's