During the summer months there is a huge amount of racing and it is impossible to keep on top of all the form. The Flat season is in full swing, there are plenty of summer jumps meetings and still some All-Weather racing. Betting on all types of race is a recipe for disaster and it pays to be selective. Focusing the mind on one type of race is the best way to win the battle with the bookies. Betting on horses aged two in their own races can bring some financial rewards as long as you follow the rules.
Two is the youngest age at which horses can race in Britain and Ireland. These horses are known as juveniles and they can only race against their generation even though there are a small number of exceptions. Generally races are confined to an age group and two-year-olds race against horses at the same age. There is a significant amount of physical development in horses from two to three and it would be too demanding for immature animals to race outside their age group.
The very nature of these youngsters provides three good reasons to focus on them as part of a betting strategy:
Two-year-olds race against each other so the form is easier to assess.
The majority of races are over five to seven furlongs and usually the fastest horse wins.
Young horses have enthusiasm and will try their best.
The best part of the season to bet on juvenile races is during the summer. The going is usually good and horses will have raced before so there is a good bank of form. From the middle of September the weather and going is less reliable and young horses can lose their form. June, July and August is time to make hay while the sun shines. You have to follow these steps to make money betting on horses aged two:
About two-thirds of races confined to two-year-olds are won by horses that made the frame or won last time out. Identify horses that finished in the first three on their previous run.
Horses that have not been seen on the track for five weeks should be dismissed. There will be fitness doubts about a horse that has not run in the last 35 days.
There could be several qualifying horses in any race but you must reduce this number to two. With reference to the projected odds narrow the selections to the two horses at the shortest odds.
If there are two qualifiers dutch the bets so you win the same amount of regardless of which horse wins. Alternatively back the one qualifier in any race.
The best bank strategy is to stake a fixed percentage of the betting bank which rises and falls based on results. In this way you can protect the bank from losing streaks. The bank will grow steadily with careful money management as part of betting on horses aged two.