In the Betbright Handicap Hurdle (3.15) at Doncaster on Wednesday, Charlie Mann’s progressive 6-year-old Some Kinda Lama wasn’t beaten far in a Class 2 event at Sandown in December when attempting a hat-trick and, although 3lb higher in the weights this time, takes a drop in class. The Daylami gelding had previously won both starts over 3 miles 1½ at Hereford, making all each time, and is clearly suited by the prevailing good going. He was originally declared to run in the Listed Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle at the Open Meeting at Cheltenham in November, only to be withdrawn because of soft ground, so the return to faster underfoot conditions is in his favour and he remains attractively handicapped. Abricot De L’Oasis and Rocky’s Treasure both like to force the pace, which could be to his advantage because, despite making his own running a couple of times, his trainer insists he would prefer something else to give him a ‘tow’ into the race.
Selection: Doncaster 3.35 Some Kinda Lama to win
Many horse racing betting beginners are instantly disheartened from betting on horses when they see all the types of bets available. This article is intended to help those that have never had the courage to get into horse racing betting.
It’s true that some of the wagers are too complicated for a beginner. But, there are some that are plain, straightforward and simple enough to start acting on those Cheltenham tips that you see around. Therefore, much of this article will be devoted to straight bets, which are simplest to understand.
North American Straight Bets
The place bet is the second most popular among beginners. It’s a much easier bet than the win bet because the horse that you picked has to finish in the top two, not necessarily win. However, the payouts are lower for this bet.
The show bet is the easiest of these three. You win if your horse finishes in the top three no matter at which spot. Again, the payouts are lower, much lower than the win and place bet, but the chances to win are significantly greater.
Across the board may be the most interesting of all straight bets. You have a chance of winning the entire bet or just parts of it depending on where your horse finishes. If your horse wins, you win your entire bet. If your horse comes second, you win only money for place and show. If it comes third, you only win the show money.
Rest of World Straight Bets
The biggest difference between the North American and Rest of the World straight bets is with place bet. When you make a place bet outside of North America, you bet that your horse will finish in the top two, three or somewhere even in the top four positions depending on the number of horses that participate.
Also, outside of North America the across the board bet is called each way bet. It’s a combination of the Rest of the World win and place bets.
If you are a beginner we advise you to stick to the straight bets until you get proficient in horse racing betting. After that you can start making more advanced bets, also called exotics. The most popular exotic bets are exacta, trifecta, reverse exacta, reverse trifecta, superfecta etc. There are also multiples like win double, win treble, pick 3, pick 4 and so on.
If you want to get into advanced betting, it’s probably best to start with accumulators first, also called parleys. It’s when you make several selections and the odds of all selections are combined into one. If any of the selections you’ve made doesn’t come up, you lose the entire accumulator. However, the payouts are much greater if you win.
In the Sunbets.co.uk Handicap (4.10) at Newcastle on Tuesday, Holiday Magic is 2lb higher in the weights than when beaten in a similar race over course and distance last month, but ran just about as well as he ever has on that occasion, despite pulling hard, and still looks far from impossibly handicapped. Of the three horses that beat him on his last visit, just Al Khan has run since, finishing a never-nearer sixth of 13 at Kempton, having been dropped in from a wide draw. However, Nimr and Pactolus, sixth and eleventh, respectively, have both won since to give the form some substance. It’s another competitive heat, but Holiday Magic should give us a decent run for our money.
Selection: Newcastle 4.10 Holiday Magic to win
In the 32Red.com Handicap (7.15) at Kempton on Friday, Born To Finish has made excellent progress this winter, completing a hat-trick over course and distance with a minimum of fuss last month. The son of Dark Angel has already been raised 18lb, which has necessitated a rise in class, but Jeremy Gask’s four-year-old has a turn of foot that could continue to keep the handicapper awake at night for a while longer and it’ll be disappointing if he isn’t competitive once again, even in this higher grade. His draw, in stall 12 of 12, is no help over 6 furlongs at Kempton, but apprentice David Parkes delivered him perfectly from stall 9 of 10 over course and distance last time and can do so again.
Selection: Kempton 7.15 Born To Finish to win
In the 12.35 at Cheltenham, Singlefarmpayment has been raised 9lb for winning a similar race over 3 miles 1½ furlongs on the New Course in December, but travelled strongly most of the way on that occasion and may have more to offer. The Milan gelding has yet to win at a distance shorter than 3 miles under Rules, but won his sole point start over 2 miles 5 furlongs and has run creditably in defeat at, or around, today’s distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs and 166 yards often enough over hurdles to suggest he won’t be inconvenienced by dropping back in distance. The form of his previous second to Beware The Bear at Ascot in November has worked out well and, with three of his four career wins coming on good to soft, or softer, he may well improve again for a little cut in the ground.
Selection: Cheltenham 12.35 Singlefarmpayment to win