Value In The Paddock

If you ever go to the races, you might just be able to spot a potentially profitable piece of information if you have a keen eye and watch what is going on in the paddock before the race.

I’ve heard all kinds of stories about what people look out for in the paddock, from looking at the size of a horses hoofs to looking out for any horses which “drop the foals off at the park” before the race.

I’ve never seen any evidence to back up any of those theories and I suspect they’re both horseshit.

Excuse the pun.

But, here are few things that are worth keeping a eye out for in the paddock.

Jockeys and trainers looking worried… horses excessively sweating… horses requiring to be cooled down with buckets and sponges… a horse leaving the paddock significantly later than the rest and jockeys repeatedly getting on and off a horse.

These are just a few things that could indicate the horse isn’t going to run a good race.

You might be able to glean some information by watching the trainers giving instructions.

If a trainer has two horse running in the same race and they are spending more time around one of those horses, this could indicate that this is the horse that they believe has the greatest chance of winning out of the pair.

And if that horse doesn’t happen to be the most fancied of the two horses when looking at the betting odds, you may have just spotted a good value bet.

A very important moment to be paying attention is when the jockey first gets on the horse. At this moment you should be looking to see how the horse reacts to this and if the horses behavior changes for the better or for the worse compared to before the jockey got on.

This is just a small number of things you can keep an eye out for.

You’re not going to spot valuable information every time, but every now and then you might spot a gem and this is the time when you should be betting.

That’s all for today.

Until next time,
Kenny Turnbull

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