How to make money at the races

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    Betting DOs

    • Do find the best bet, not necessarily the winner
    • Do study the form carefully
    • Do get the best odds
    • Do use multiples and each-way bets
    • Do improve your maths
    • Do keep a meticulous record of all bets

    Betting DON’Ts

    • Don’t chase your losses
    • Don’t back odds-on
    • Don’t exceed your pre-decided maximum stake
    • Don’t bet on every race
    • Don’t be romantic aboutthe horses
    • Don’t have an amateur’s mindset

    Punter-speak – how to sound like a professional

    • “Drawn out in the car park”– an unfavourable starting-stall position
    • “Couldn’t get the trip in a taxi” – horse does not have required stamina for race distance
    • “Stays longer than the mother-in-law” – opposite of the above
    • “Drifted like a barge” – horse’s odds lengthened considerably before the off
    • “Couldn’t tip a wheelbarrow” – unable to pick winners
    • “Should’ve started yesterday” – horse insufficiently swift
    • “Couldn’t find the winning post with a search warrant” – horse with poor racing form
    • “Any horse looks fast running past trees” – a put-down originally uttered by Vera Duckworth!
    • “Couldn’t train ivy up a wall” – recently said of Sir Henry Cecil, to imply that he might not get the best out of Frankel (now rated among the best middle-distance horses of all time)

    To read the full article about better betting see the current issue of H&H (22 December 2011)

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