As bettors in this modern age we are constantly bombarded with information on the latest systems or tools that will supposedly give us a major edge in the sport we glean to make a profit from.
Last week I was going through some boxes and came across many of my old books associated to horse racing. It really got me thinking as to whether or not there is still any substance in the pages of these books that I could once again apply to my strategy in today’s environment.
Some of these books are as old as me if not older, and really did provide the foundation of tactics I used when I first started serious study of handicapping horses. Flicking through some of the pages I suddenly realised how much simpler things were when I used to attack a race card with some of the basic strategy lines I had picked up from these reads. The world around us is constantly evolving, therefore we need to adapt our thinking and learn, in order to keep up. However I also think that as bettors we can just as easily get caught up in this flurry of information which inevitably causes us to forget some of the fundamental strategies we have picked up over the years.
Almost everything we need these days can be found with the click of a mouse, and we can certainly count ourselves as fortuitous for this obvious privilege. That being said we will often find ourselves at various crossroads in our battle against the bookies, and sometimes stripping away all the extra baggage and reverting back to a simplistic way of thinking can be just as enlightening as learning the latest betting strategy.
Anyway, enough of the philosophy lesson. We had a great three day meeting at Chester last week, and I have a couple of horses that should be worth following in the coming weeks.
Banoffee (Trainer – Hughie Morrison)
Was drawn in stall 7 on Wednesday which is not ideal at a track like Chester. This filly was slowly away and had to settle at the rear of the field for much of the race. A gap opened up on the rail in the closing stages and she showed a devastating turn of foot under the Fallon drive to surge through the field and win going away. This is no easy fete at a track like this where being up with the pace usually pays dividends, but she put that race to bed in very good fashion and could be something special going forward this term.
Equitania (Trainer – Alan Bailey)
Another filly who unlike our previous mention had a fairly plum draw in stall 2. Tracking the leaders early on she suddenly found herself outpaced, but when she picked up again in the final furlong she certainly finished best of the rest. That was over a five furlong trip which she has won over before in a four runner field where she was allowed to dictate some of the pace. I would say she is far better over six furlongs and perhaps even seven, and should certainly be capable of progressing over those sort of trips this term.
We have the Dante meeting at York this week which is sure to be a fantastic event, so if you are having a bet or two, all that remains is to wish you the very best of luck over the three day extravaganza.
Back next Sunday,