‘You can analyse all the other factors – jockey, trainer, trip etc – but if the ground is wrong, none of it really matters.’
‘Try to leave placing your bet as late as possible. It’s diffi cult to keep an eye on movements in the betting ring AND get a good look at the horses but if you’re at the course you can gain a good impression of a horse’s well being by studying him in the pre-parade ring and then, if you like what you see, nip off to the ring to get on.’
‘Keep an eye out for horses moving up in distance if they have been noted as running on well towards the end of a shorter race.’
‘If a horse runs badly, and there is a good excuse, give it another chance. But if you don’t know why it ran badly, leave it alone.’
‘Don’t take the form in two-mile “bumpers”, National Hunt Flat Races, as an indication of equal merit with form over two miles on the Flat.’
‘A major (betting) move at a big meeting is much more significant than at a small meeting, where crowds are sparse.’
‘Be wary of first-time blinkers when fitted to stayers. With sprinters they often give a horse an edge.’
‘If a small trainer sends a horse on a very long journey to run, that could be the opportunity for a value bet.’

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