When you are mobile betting, one of the perks is that you are able to place a bet during the day. You do not have to place your bets the day before, nor do you have to do it in the morning before you go to work. Mobile betting allows you to place your wagers during the day and just minutes before the horses run. This allows you to stay up to date with all the current developments, such as which horses have been removed from the race, horse-related news, and current ground/going conditions.

Has the horse run many races but never won?

A horse can learn how "not" to win. It gets to the point where it feels uncomfortable taking the lead. If there is a favourite running and it has not won a race in a long time (or ever) then I believe it has taught itself to follow and not lead.

Has the horse gone P or U the last few times?

If you see a horse’s form and you see a string of P (for pulled up) or U (for unclassified), then take note because if it happens too often then the trainers have to put the horse through paid training again. In those situations, it is cheaper to bribe all the other jockeys than it is to put them through qualification training again, so expect a win on that one.

Will the owner lose a lot of money if this horse doesn’t win?

The value of a horse goes up as it wins more races because trainers can charge more to "stud" the horse when it retires. A sudden jolt in a promising career may end up costing the owner millions in lost stud money, so keep a look out for an improving form that has not yet had a lull. This indicates the horse is going to start winning soon.

What is the trainer’s course-win percentage?

Some trainers seem to have a talent for getting horses to win on certain circuits. This is often because the conditions, surface and distance are similar to the ones the trainer trains the horses with. There is also travelling time and experience. Trainers will tend to frequent the courses that are near them, which means travel times are shorter, and it means the horse gets more experience on those courses. These are factors that may affect the outcome of a race.

Has the horse won on harder terms?

This is obvious, but you should look to see if the horse has won when the situation/race has been easier. You can expect an easy win in that case.

Consider the days since the horses last run

If it is too soon, then it may be that the stable are desperate for money and/or are having problems, which is a bad sign. It may also mean the horse is fatigued. The only exception is favourite horses that run on All-Weather (AW) ground. They are often able to pull off wins with races that are as little as 7 days apart. If it has not run within 60 days, then there may be a good reason why it hasn’t and why it will not win.

Assume the horses are doped

There have been enough scandals in horse racing to assume that horses are still being doped. Keep a look out for telltale signs when horses run and tie it back to the trainers. Soon you will start to see the patterns before the administrators do and that is when you have a good run of winning horses before it suddenly stops. Look for trainers that have had these seemingly fantastic spurts of winning horses that suddenly drop off as quickly as they start.

How good is the jockey?

This is the biggest tip. It is the jockey that wins the race in most cases. They judge how much the horse can do and when to put on the accelerator. Look at how well the jockey is doing as well as how well the horse in question is doing.

Same trainer has two horses in one race

One of them is a pace setter, which means you are more likely to get a win from one of them (usually the one with the shortest odds). There are plenty of times when two trainers from the same stable have horses in a single race, and in that case, you can expect a little bit of teamwork in the race so that one of them wins.

Don’t go by the names

People do this all the time and it is silly. The horses with the word "red" in them are not going to win today, and just because you were watching a movie with pirates in last night does not mean that a horse with pirate in the title will win today.

Horse names may control the odds sometimes

Ever noticed how horses with names such as granddad, grandma, mother, son, etc, rarely get odds below 14 to 1. That is because fools bet on family named stuff all the time. It is the same during things such as the Grand National when horses with the cutest names stay above 30 to 1. It’s because of fools picking names over the quality of the horse.

Do not trust the odds to tell you what will win

They are affected by betting and not by the quality of the horses. A lot of the horses I pick may be favourites, but in my case they are justified favourites and do not exist because a tipster has started a fake rumour on Twitter.

Link rival horses

If you are taking the time to gather statistics, then consider linking horses to winners and losers. There are times when certain rival horses will make it more difficult for your horse to win. There are a number of reasons, with the most common being the pace of the race. A rival horse or its pacesetter may force a pace that your horse doesn’t like, ergo when your rival horse runs; it tends to upset your chances of winning.

Figuring out this one is tricky because there is often a lot of data to consider, but it may be worth it if you are creating your own betting system and are doing extensive research into the racing variables.

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