Anyone who has ever tried betting on horses in running will know that this is one of the biggest thrills in betting. However there are certain pitfalls to doing this that need to be adhered to before you start. One such pitfall is in the delay that you are seeing on your screen. If you are watching horse races online or on cable or Sky television then you need to be aware that there are time delays between what is actually happening and what you are actually seeing.
I have both cable television and conventional television and if I constantly switch from cable to terrestrial with the same channel then there is something like a 4 second delay. So anyone watching the race on cable would be 4 seconds behind the people who were watching it on terrestrial. Four seconds is an incredible amount of time in fast moving sports even if it may not be much time in everyday life.
Think about that for a moment, in football that is the difference between a goal being scored from a header from a corner and the player just about to take the kick. In motor racing it is the difference between a car leading the race and spinning off the track. In cricket it is the difference between someone being clean bowled and the bowler still being in his run up. In horse racing then it could be the difference between a horse being in the race and having fallen if the race is a hurdles or steeplechase. If the race is over the flat then it could be the difference between a horse being in contention to win and out of contention.
So clearly the difference is huge and so the feed or the coverage that you are getting needs to be examined very closely. Another interesting factor about horse races is that it is possible for skilled operators to be able to read a race from the very start. Some horses fare better when they are leading due to increased pace while others do better being held up. If you can accurately assess the pace of a race and you have quality data that highlights just what types of pace certain horses prefer then you can certainly find an edge in running.
In this way then, horses are similar to athletes in that certain types of horse prefer certain types of races. What is also similar is in how certain horses prefer certain types of pace to optimize their performance. There are so many variables with regards horse racing that govern why some horses prefer slow or fast paced races. It could be to do with their build or muscle tone. It may even be to do with how they are trained or the training habits of a particular yard or stable. It may have something to do with their age or tactics employed by the jockey and trainer. Usually though it a complex combination of variables that dictate why certain horses prefer certain types of pace!