CRAIG'S RECENT TRACKER WINNERS: AWEEMAWEH 28/1 (FB), SHELDON 50/1 EW (PLACED), GEROLAMO CARDANO 13/2, FANTASTIC MS FOX 13/2 (FB), SHIMMERING 7/4, ARRIVISTE 3/1, DULAS 6/1, DELTA'S ROYALTY 4/6, PRINCE KAYF 40/1 (FB PAGE), ELEON 15/2, CELESTRAN 9/4, ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE 4/1, BYE BYE LADY 3/1, KING LEONIDA 13/8, DONNYBROOK 4/11, AL RUFAA 11/2, ALL YOU WISH 33/1, ANASTARSIA 3/1, CONVICT 6/4, GRAVITY FORCE 8/1, THEOTHERSIDE 33/1, NIGHT COLOURS 7/1, PLYMOUTH ROCK 11/4, POCKET SQUARE 9/4, PANIC ROOM 5/2, BAND PRACTICE 11/4, CAPE PALACE 4/11, PALACE PIER 11/8, IT'S GOOD TO LAUGH 8/13, ROMAN VISION 5/4, HURAIZ 2/1, ROYAL CRUSADE 5/6, VALKAN STAR 1/3, FESTIVE START 7/2, IMPRESSOR 13/8, SURF DANCER 4/7, MASTER MCGRATH 13/8, ESHAASY 13/8, PERSUASION 16/1, PASSION FOR FASHION 3/1, ANGEL OF DELIGHT 12/1, LAZULI 11/10, TAMMANI 9/2, COBRA EYE 15/8, MORISCO 6/1, ETHIC 4/6, ABSTEMIOUS 11/8, BOOMER 3/1, SEIZE THE TIME 2/1, TREBLE TREBLE 9/2, NASAIYM 6/4, DARK LADY 11/10, FLEETING PRINCE 11/10, WELL OF WISDOM 3/1, DR SIMPSOM 4/5, HOT TOUCH 7/2, MAN OF THE NIGHT 4/6, SO SHARP 11/10, IFFRAAZ 7/4, BILL NEIGH 13/8, DRAMATIC SANDS 6/4, DRAGON COMMAND 5/1, MIA DIVA 8/1, RAAHY 5/6, LINCOLN BLUE 7/2, HOMESPIN 6/4, FRED 10/1, PINATUBO 3/1, KING'S COMMAND 2/1, ETON COLLEGE 11/2, SHAMMAH 2/1, BIG CITY 5/1, THREAT 14/1, GOOD VIBES 11/1, MISTY GREY 14/1, ROSE OF KILDARE 6/5, RAYONG 7/2, LORD OF THE LODGE 8/1, WAR STORM 7/2, IFFRAAZ 4/1, OCASIO CORTEZ 7/4...

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Betting with the Beautiful People...

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

Craig, being a Liverpool supporter, loves the beautiful game. For those who don't know what that means, he loves his football. 

I wonder who are the beautiful people?  

I guess supermodels, film stars, and obviously your wife (we don't want any trouble and strife). 

What I'm saying is each to their own. 

Some girls are so ugly they look beautiful. Anyway, I don't want to talk about my own, peculiar, fascinations! 

My brother, Tony, has many and varied ways of selecting a horse to bet. Like Myself & Craig, we follow the form, takes note of two-year-olds with significant entries and watch the betting. 

Clearly, there is much more to it than those three variants. 

Are you a paddock watcher? Keeping a keen eye on the horses going to the start and even more so racing.  

I don't think I have some strange horse fetish, some perversion which sees me wear jodhpurs at the weekend and flick through the pages of a Rebecca Curtis calendar riding side-saddle, but I do like a good-looking horse (even the boys!). 

I'm talking about horse composition: how it looks; is it big and strong, an athlete. 

Some horses, often the cheaper ones, look a touch weak, spindly and lesser lights compared with others. Remember we are talking about two-year-old horses which vary quite considerably due to maturation. Depending on their birth date, one month can be a fair percentage of their life and physical development. Although, once again, each horse has to be judged on its own merits.

It is often the case more expensive horses look better.  

Now, I am no expert on what a good horse should look like. In fact, I often find it easier to appreciate one horse to another when watching them on TV, rather than on the course. I guess that comes from watching too much television. (I was told that was bad for you).

You will see one horse compared to another and think that one looks much better. It's a matter of opinion. However, there is a point where the majority would say that horse looks better. It doesn't guarantee it will run faster.

For example, I have often changed my mind about betting on a horse simply because of its physical appearance. 

''Skinny twig.''

The horses usually look weak. 

I don't like a weak-looking horse simply because I don't think they take their racing as well as one more robust. Clearly, there are exceptions to every rule and you can get wiry weasels who are naturally lean with fire in their belly. 

Perhaps the one exception is that fillies may look a poor relation especially if racing against the colts. They can often defy their looks. Although even with the weight allowance it takes a decent filly to beat a colt. 

My brother has made some serious money betting horses at huge odds simply because he liked the look of them. Generally, these are horses from smaller stables. Bookmakers usually price these by the trainer's past achievements (lack of winners) or limited horses. For that reason, they may be substantial odds and slip under the radar. 

It's worth focusing on horses making their second start, as statistically, they are much more likely to win than the debut. 

Watch debutants carefully because you may see a horse that catches your eye even if they run down the field. 

They may win at big odds second start.

Author: Jason Coote



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