Do You Actually Need Skills When Betting On Horse Races?

Many bettors will agree that despite the many risks involved, the gambling habit will just not relent. Now this can be looked at dualistically. The first aspect of this would have to be the auspiciousness of it; when we say auspiciousness, we mean the luck factor of it.

Key Details You Need to Know

This is highly prevalent in bettors that are used to being led by their “gut feeling”, call it intuition, faith, or just primeval superstition, but they just know that their horse will win. While we are not against being nudged by an intuitive knowing that your chances may be right, spurred on by belief in chance and luck as a higher power, but what we are trying to say is that going for broke is not the only aspect to making a great bettor, which brings us to our second point: getting your facts and figures in order.

This entails conducting thorough investigations on the condition of your assets. In a horses example the aforesaid include such things as breed, age, record jumps and so on and so forth – including the jockey. Age is particularly important; this is largely due to the fact that foals have higher chances of taking wins simply because they haven’t been ran that much.

On the flip side, much older mares; say maybe a sorrel in top shape (extrinsically), with a career spanning few years, good prospects for the more obvious politically correct reasons may simply (yes, at that age) be jaded. What, with the usual “oversight” and general slack handedness of those involved, race horses are not exactly given the golden poodle treatment, if you know what we mean. It can be ugly, but that is beside the point.

Facts vs Skills

That out of the way, we can now begin to examine how skill brings both luck and facts together. This brings us to understanding how betting works. Whenever you embark upon a betting exercise; keep in mind that like with any other game, there’s always the favorite; the most likely candidate if you will. An example of this is Many Clouds in the Grand Nationals, who just so happens to be the crowd pleaser in recent events (you can read more about the Grand Nationals here: Naturally, sizeable chunks of the crowd are sure to go with this bet. This method will not ultimately guarantee the winner because of the sheer influx of well groomed hopefuls competing in the tracks every season.

How to Use Your Brain

While this may only steepen the competition and even out the playing field a bit, wagers pulled on these kinds of odds are just plain action hero risky. This curve balls us to our earlier statements of doing some thorough background and performance research on your choices. Here is where you might soon learn that the reason the horse that had so much riding on it (forgive the pun) came in a disappointing third place may probably have been due to an injury sustained some seasons back.

With this method, you will have minimized on the collateral damage by a process of eliminating the possible drawbacks. This will leave you with the other least likely candidates according to the estimation of many. Armed with the background data on the steeds, you can now narrow down your focus on your top three, four or other triplicate choice combinations for 1st 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Remember to always slot in your winning number in subsequence to your runners up, example: 1, 2, and 3 in that order.

That way, it won’t have been such as a devastating loss. There might still be chances of you recovering your wins by reducing your average list of hopefuls by this time discarding the combos and distilling your candidates to an even narrower set of three choices alone, this will have all the bases covered and with some luck your winner may also be spotted herein.

This is now where the chance part finds its way into the conversation, together with facts (above) and in conjunction with the risk management skills, you have the standard recipe of possible success.


Luck is crucial because it sets everyone at par; satisfied with the knowledge that they can never know in whose favor the competition will swing. This is unless the match has been rigged of course. Match fixing has always swung in favor of the crowd favorites because this way the bet placers are guaranteed a win owing largely to the proven track record of their choice.