Although a great deal of betting has moved online or at the very least off-track, anyone betting horse racing
will go into decline is simply not paying attention. With the enormous profit potential available to sports
investors and the endless varieties of bets to be placed, horse racing remain extremely popular. As evidenced by
the millions of pounds wagered annually, punters never seem to tire of this tried and true challenge.
Now, anyone can bet on football, and millions do. It's a popular sport and readily understood by the masses.
Betting horse racing, on the other hand, is more complex. It takes study and rewards attention to details. There
are variables the likes of which football has never seen, and to be successful betting horse racing each
combination needs to be explored.
However, the many combinations available mean that few single investors can specialise across the board. Yet with
deep knowledge leading to noticeable advantages at the track, the serious wagerer tends to choose an area of
focus and study it extensively. Some bet only on favourites, whilst others prefer to research particular breeding
houses and follow their fortunes obsessively. Still others ignore the horses in favour of learning the jockeys.
Are they calm under stress? Can they maintain weight? What tricks seem apparent for earning a victory?
Even with the horses and jockeys reasonably well-known, there is still the betting field to decipher when betting.
Horse racing, over and above other sports, has a mind numbing set of betting combinations available. Even the
names are a mystery to the uninitiated: Parlay, Super-Yankee, Quiniela, Superfecta. It is best to get hold of a
terminology guide before heading to the track-bookmakers will expect punters to place bets using the proper
phrases, and in the furious flurry of pre-race betting on the track patience can be in short order.
As a result of all the complexity involved in betting, horse racing guides and tip books are widely available.
Software packages can be quite useful, especially if they provide real-time updates. A day at the races can be a
mountain of detail for the serious sports investor to wade through, and a new player will find the trend lines and
other analytic tools invaluable. However, as with all games involving living creatures, remember that even the
best mechanical prediction can be no match for the realities on the ground. Even if you prefer to stay off-track
for most of your betting, horse racing is much better in person than on the telly, so do take the time now and
then to head to the races!
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