Today I believe we have too much horse racing, when as a youngster growing up you would have 2 meetings or possible 3, we now have 18 races!!
Thats when you could have solid ratings based on simple arithmetic about ground, jockey, trainer because the average horse would run once a month – today you can have a runner racing 4/5 times month. It’s killing the sport and if the British Horseracing board continue with the vast amount of racing on a daily basis, I can only see trouble looming further down the line!
The sport is full of poor horses and very average jockeys. The average racehorse who runs 50 times in his or her career – stats would have been a minimum of 10 wins when I first got involved within horse racing. The average horse today runs what seems to be every week, therefore how can you rely upon form?
Its just a guide – make of it what you like – in relation to my last racing blog, which shows racing has its problems when a horse rated 90 has to run in a claimer!!
Why? Because the bloody handicapper has put the horse up to a career high mark because without winning. Personally I believe you should only be allowed to put up a horses official HC mark once the horse has actually won his or her race.
With so much horse racing taking place there’s problem with non-runners. Every day I will look through the cards and in a race with 8 runners 1/5 odds 3 places – 60% time we will have a non-runner – changing the bet to 2 places a 1/4 odds! What should happen is that prices are suspended and punters will receive SP on the race with 3 places available.
Instead we get the penalty called rule 4 deductions which is anything from 5p up to 75p, depending on the horses price at the time of withdrawal – the trainer should be fined and heavily in my opinion. After all, he’s the one who declares the horse in the beginning. We the punter back in good faith. The non-runner rule needs changing!!!
Another question is, what’s with the summertime jumpers? This is designed for horses either starting out on there career or a horse with limited ability. That’s exactly the same scenario we call the AW.
I would like to see less racing and more competitive racing with BIGGER PRIZE MONEY.
Breeding racehorses has become big money in recent seasons. This is only my personal opinion and I know the smaller trainer would disagree. Believe me though, if I was a racehorse trainer it’s never been a better time to place your horses. Everyday I receive e-mails telling me the next best system to hit the market because there’s to many stats to take on board!
I will keep to the old fashioned way of studying form and watching as many races as I can. The best advise when backing a horse is follow an in form trainer or decent jockey. Everybody out there is looking to make a quick buck – if it was that easy there would be no bookmakers.
Horse racing should be fun and you can make good money from the sport providing you have rules. Never chase losses is the number one golden rule. Have confidence in your own ability, never rely upon TV tipsters – the majority these guys work for the bookmakers.
You need to read between the lines. Bookmakers offer racing specials every day. Shop around and don’t stay with one bookmaker and never back with a bookmaker who don’t offer BOG.
The Form Guy