Professional Poker Player Transition to Sports Betting – Where’s the +EV in Horse Racing Systems?

EV or Anticipated Worth is a broadly used time period in poker terminology to find out if the end result of a play is +, 0 or – by way of profitability. This text is aimed for Poker Gamers who additionally prefer to punt on UK and Irish horse racing. It by no means ceases to amaze me what number of good poker gamers are horrible at betting on horse racing. If they’ll spend a lot time on their poker sport then why not additionally put within the effort when inserting a wager to make sure that you’ve got essentially the most +EV resolution that you could presumably make with all the data at hand. The title of the submit is definitely a small bit deceptive as I personally consider that each one horse racing methods are doomed and the way in which to constantly revenue at betting on horse racing is to have a horse racing technique not a system.

The next article will lay the bottom work for anybody who needs to begin taking their punting to the subsequent degree. There is no such thing as a higher satisfaction then spending an hour or two analysing a race and 1 horse simply stands head and shoulders above the remaining if you examine all of the various factors that I’ll clarify under. In fact the hardest half is having the self-discipline to solely anticipate when these such events happen when inserting a wager, and a few instances, this will likely imply you don’t wager for as much as a month. (This may occasionally assist clarify why I moved into enjoying poker from sports activities betting because the outcomes of your actions are recognized instantaneously, and you’ll play a sport anytime of any day). I additionally suppose you may examine a MTT participant to an expert sports activities bettor – you may go lengthy durations with out a win after which rating a number of huge outcomes after which rinse and repeat and hopefully over the course of the yr you should have been worthwhile.

1. You could specialise. All essentially the most worthwhile skilled sports activities bettors choose not only one sport however solely a small area of interest in that sport. Patrick Veitch, who has received over 10 million punting on horse racing within the UK solely bets on UK flat racing. He even has a large crew of researchers who do numerous the work for him, however he as he additionally works 18 hours days throughout the flat season he’s naturally burnt out by the top of the season.

For the newbie although, what I imply by specialise is focus on an space of horse racing the place you may get essentially the most data. Data is energy so until you personal a shed load of two yr previous horses or are the nephew of Aidan O Brein, there is no such thing as a level in specialising in 2 yr previous horse races as you simply wont have sufficient data to go on. Subsequently it makes extra sense to specialise on handicap races, the place every horse within the race should of least have run 3 instances to qualify however primarily are run by the identical horses yr in, yr out till they’re retired.

The most effective races then to specialize in are 4 yr previous plus handicaps in flat and nationwide hunt racing as you’ve got essentially the most data out there and you can begin to see patterns in horses and subsequently select some very +EV choices when you’ve got noticed this sample and nearly all of the racing public have not. That is the bread and butter of profitable punting, going towards the group.

Personally I used to specialize in 4 yr previous plus UK flat handicaps in the summertime, and UK and Irish Nationwide Hunt handicap chases and hurdles within the Winter.

2. In your specialised space, when you choose a race to analyse, you will need to undergo each horse within the race to develop a shortlist. Under are my 5 important standards that each horse will need to have when you’re inserting a wager.

a) Going – The horse should be confirmed on going situations.

b) Distance – The horse should be confirmed on the journey

c) Course Kind – The horse should be confirmed on related sort after all

d) Health – The horse will need to have proven that it will probably function at optimum ranges since its final variety of days off the monitor.

e) Class – The horse will need to have both received on the class he’s at the moment competing in earlier than or else gave an excellent displaying in a earlier race on the related or larger class degree.

Going and Distance

With regard to going and distance and to a lesser extent course sort, I can’t absolutely low cost a horse who has by no means raced on the going if he has extraordinarily good sire stats (15% + strike price) nonetheless I might all the time give priority to a different horse in a race who has received on for instance mushy going in comparison with a horse who has by no means raced on mushy however has sire stats of 18% strike price for mushy going situations.

With distance, I might additionally use sire stats if a horse is shifting up or down in journey by 1 furlong on the flat, and a couple of furlongs in nationwide hunt. With expertise, you may inform by taking a look at a race if a horses wants the additional journey or not and the sire stats may be an effective way to again up that visible piece of data.

Course Kind

This usually ignored by the overall racing public. The most effective factor about UK and Irish racing is the several types of race programs you’ll encounter. Cheltenham (left-handed, galloping, undulating and testing monitor with stiff fences) is completely totally different to Stratford (left Handed, flat & Sharp) as it’s to Sandown (right-handed, galloping, testing monitor)

A horse who has received twice in Cheltenham will in all probability by no means win a race at Stratford and vice versa. Larger sized horses are extra suited to galloping tracks as they’ll take the turns simpler and may keep a powerful galloping tempo for longer whereas a smaller sized horse is healthier suited to sharp tracks (i.e lower than 10 furlongs) as many of the operating shall be going round bends and subsequently the larger horses won’t be able to take care of their high galloping velocity for lengthy on the stretches.

Additionally some horses can solely run to their finest at left handed programs and vice versa. You’d really marvel why trainers persist to run horses which clearly won’t win on a sure turning race monitor, however then you definately realise by doing this, they may get their Official score down as horse will look like making an attempt however shall be hanging left or proper the entire method by way of. It’s important to bear in mind that trainers shall be making an attempt to control the handicapper numerous the instances within the decrease grade races by operating horses on unsuitable floor, on the incorrect distance, on the incorrect course sort, or operating the horse with a distinct type throughout the race all to try to scale back their score in order that they’ll arrange a greater likelihood for themselves to win sooner or later at an honest worth.

I like Cheltenham race meet in March for the easy truth, the course is a stiff testing course which right away guidelines out numerous different horses within the race as they simply cant deal with it, the grade of racing and pirze cash on supply signifies that everyone seems to be making an attempt to win, and you’ll practically all the time assure what the going shall be. Subsequently if you happen to simply use the standards above and choose horses who’re confirmed on the 5 elements (and this is applicable to the non handicap graded races too, you will notice large income)


To find out a horses health, you will need to take a look at its earlier patterns of the way it carried out when it returns after a sure variety of days off the monitor. The great thing about handicap races is you’ve got a great deal of previous data to go on and you’ll see if a horse is 0-5 when returning after an 80 day lay off, whereas he’s 3-2-5 when he returns between 15 and 30 days.


A horses class is commonly ignored by the racing public. Statistically horses who’re shifting up in grade/class don’t have strike price, nonetheless the general public will again it blindly if it sees it has received by 5 lengths in its earlier race in a decrease grade. Analyse previous races to see if a horse has received or come shut within the grade of race it’s racing in immediately. You’ll be able to low cost a horse if it has failed 2 instances on the grade when having all different situations to swimsuit aside from when it’s operating for a brand new steady which has report at rejuvenating horses.

Additionally needless to say a horse who has positioned in a black sort race (i.e grade, 1,2,3) may have a extra class than a horse who has profitable report in Class 2 (B) handicaps, so whether it is racing in a Class 2 handicap for the primary time, don’t low cost simply because it has by no means received a race.

3. Upon getting created your shortlist primarily based on the above standards, now you can get all the way down to the true soiled work of discovering the eventual winner. Typically you would possibly solely be left with 1 horse, typically with 8, you will need to then begin making use of different filters to see if you happen to can slim down the listing extra. Typically the chances will enable to dutch 3 horses left if you cannot slim it down anymore. Then go for it as it’s a plus EV transfer.

Nevertheless bear in mind that each time you low cost you will need to have a really legitimate motive backed up by an honest pattern dimension. This is an inventory of filters to scale back the shortlist.


Some horses as said earlier have an even bigger body then others, subsequently having high weight does not make a lot distinction to them, whereas the smaller horse will wrestle. Once more by finding out earlier races you’ll spot a sample


That is the official score that the horse racing board’s in home handicapper assigns to a horse to find out what weight it ought to carry in its subsequent horse race. The OR is up to date weekly, subsequently you typically see trainers end up a horse 3 instances in every week to try to benefit from this earlier than the handicapper reassigns it a better score. For a wonderful rationalization of official hores racing handicapping see this text written by good buddy Malcolm Smith over at

After some time, horses will attain their peak and begin to hover round a sure OR mark. Subsequently will probably be unlikely that it’ll win if its OR mark is larger than its highest profitable mark until the horse is an bettering progressive type. However for older horses, this OR mark turns into extra necessary and may be extra relied upon.

Discipline Measurement

Some horses won’t race until they’re coated within the pack, different horses want room in any other case they get into bother throughout the race. The trick is to determine these sort of horses. You’ll begin to spot the place some horses solely win in races with lower than 8 runners, however by no means determine in races with greater than 12. You’ll be able to safely assume that he wants the proper trip in a giant runner race however greater than seemingly won’t get that (That is when you may issue within the Jockeys skill to see if its OK to rule out this horse or not) The sphere dimension issues extra in Nationwide Hunt, as some horses choose seeing the jumps early/later and as they’re pack animals choose chasing a pacesetter than really main


Quite a lot of horses choose to run in sure instances of the yr. This might be all the way down to how a coach prepares the horse over the course of the season and goals it to be at full health come March time for instance, however different instances horses simply carry out higher in sure months. Once more by taking a look at previous patterns you’ll start to identify these traits.

Coach Statistics

8 years in the past it was a really worthwhile pattern to observe sure trainers at sure race tracks for sure race varieties. This edge has slowly eroded for the reason that markets have caught on, nonetheless it nonetheless must be factored in when making an attempt to finalise your brief listing.

Coach – Jockey combos

In case you try to observe this blindly by backing profitable Coach-Jockey Combos, you’ll almost certainly find yourself with a loss. Nevertheless it’s a good software to have when you’re making an attempt to scale back the shortlist as some stats are simply too good to disregard.

Jockey Reserving

That is really a strong indicator. Nevertheless this once more does not imply a lot if the horse does not first qualify for the 5 important standards above. Additionally if you happen to solely ever again horses with the highest jockeys on board you might be forgoing on EV as, the chances will drop on a horse with the likes of Ruby Walsh or Tony McCoy on board, however odds will nonetheless stay good on a horse if for instance the jockey reserving was Graham Lee, who’s a really underrated performer. Look again over previous races and see how the horse has carried out beneath their steering earlier than. You’ll begin to see worthwhile traits and indicators.

Playing Stables

There are a number of methods to do that. One is manually report stables the place horses have been closely backed and received. One other method is to have a look at a horses earlier wins and see what the common odds have been. The decrease the profitable odds, the larger likelihood that the steady cash solely goes down when the horse has likelihood of profitable (Kevin Ryan is an instance of a playing steady). The upper the chances, means the horse has received races that they weren’t absolutely anticipating to win and subsequently much less seemingly a playing steady (Veneita Williams involves thoughts right here for being an sincere steady).

Publish Race Feedback

That is usually ignored. In case you see what trainers, jockeys and homeowners have stated to the press after a horse has received (See the racing submit web site for all of the feedback), you may choose up some helpful data which might help you lean somehow on a range.

Tempo of the race.

To know the tempo of the race you first want to determine what’s every horse’s most popular operating type. They are often damaged down into entrance runners, outstanding runners, Maintain up horses. This is is a fantastic article which particulars the breakdown of profitable % of various horses operating types in comparison with the precise variety of race entries of horses with totally different operating types.

It reveals that it’s best to actually be concentrating on entrance operating and outstanding horses because it accounts for 65% of winners in comparison with being solely 50% of entries in races. Entrance runners specifically account for 20% of winners though they solely provide 11% of runners in a race.

You need to use this to your benefit when you get to know all the totally different course varieties. By backing a entrance operating horse that satisfies the 5 important standards on a race course which has a pointy monitor with a brief run in, you’ve got added a number of % EV factors to your choice.

One other issue right here is analysing the earlier 3 races the horse has ran in and take a look at the in operating feedback. Particularly take a look at the horses who got here positioned or got here exterior the highest 4 however have been shut close to the top. Hold and eye out for feedback like “completed strongly”, “saved on properly”, “stayed on properly”, “saved on remaining furlong”and for different tidbits like “hampered” however then “completed strongly”. These can level in the direction of a horse who’s on the upward curve and given the proper situations within the subsequent race may have an excellent likelihood of profitable.

One other factor to think about is that if a race doesn’t have any pure entrance runners, then the race won’t be run at a real tempo, subsequently might throw up some very uncommon outcomes. It could imply that the horse who has the very best velocity on a flat monitor will win when it drives all out within the final furlong.

When the tempo of the race is assured, the classier horse which satisfies the important standards will as a rule win the race.

4. Assets

For six years, earlier than getting lured into the world of On-line Poker, I punted efficiently on citibet horse racing review and I used the next assets

Rankings from

The rankings are primarily based upon superior pure arithmetic however are offered in a a straightforward to learn pdf. The primary characteristic in my opinion that units this service aside from numerous pretenders is the ‘Class’ filter they derive utilizing their mathematical strategy. Fantastically correct for Non Handicap graded races in each Nationwide Hunt and Flat racing within the each UK and Irish racing. Additionally they have an ideal discussion board the place you may alternate concepts with the opposite members and have lately launched a Racing Bot the place you plug in all of your worthwhile racing methods and sit again and watch.

Stats and rankings from

I solely discovered this web site 4 years into my sports activities betting profession, and it was free for practically 2 years after that. It’s no doubt the largest time saving software on the subject of analysing a race utilizing all the standards and filters I’ve talked about above within the article. The one adverse is that they solely cowl UK horse racing.

Racing Publish Web site- Final yr they launched a subscription service and I suppose it was about time contemplating all the data that it offers. It’s important for anybody critical about racing. I used it to substantiate my findings from the rankings and stats talked about above.

At The Races Web site – Good for watching earlier races and presents totally different race evaluation from the Racing Publish. So far as I do know that is nonetheless free.

I hope that after studying the above that you’ll not simply throw cash blindly on the favorite when you’ve got a punt on the horses. Put a little bit of effort and time into the choice course of and provides your self a +EV likelihood of profitable.

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