One of the most popular pastimes globally, which has also been present for many years is horse racing. You need to spend some time watching a few races and listening to commentary or even better, going to a race yourself if you are interested in learning more about this controversial sport. Controversial because, aside from gambling being a very heavy problem, the treatment of these animals is also something that is quite often brought up in debates. If you are just wondering how the entire thing works however, this should help you.
TYPES OF RACES
Once again, this will make sense only if you have been able to squeeze in some time to watch a few races and keep your ear open for horse race news. To put it simply, a race can be divided into two main categories; hurdle and chase. The first is when you see a horse jump over rather low obstacles, while the latter is when you see them battle much higher hedges. Which of these the horse is a part of is dependent on its prowess as every horse is different and have different strengths.
LEARN ABOUT THE HORSE
For an activity where the focus point is horses, it is quite surprising just how many decide to ignore this factor and focus on the betting only. If you are betting on a horse, it only makes sense that you get to know the horse in terms of its form which includes stamina, health and strength and whether or not it has been a preferred contender for races. There are certain horses that stand out for being particularly muscular and sturdy and they are usually chosen by betters for having more likely chances of winning. So study the different horses that are usually present at these races.
READ THE WEATHER
Just as you would see organizers deliberating weather conditions at a cricket ground before playing, in the same way you should be able to determine the condition of the track. Although it takes some times to do so efficiently, you have to start somewhere. Changes in the elements that make a conducive track for racing can affect the horse’s performance and affect your probability of winning. The technical term for this is known as ‘going’ which is a description of the condition of the track which is usually covered in horse racing tips for today.
Conducting plenty of research before plunging yourself headlong is a wise idea especially as you feel more than a little confused surrounded by all the commotion. Tensions can run quite high on the track hence keeping a cool head is something you need to practice especially as a newcomer. You should also take care to not listen to too many people as each person is aiming to win themselves and they could sabotage you. It comes with practice, however you will soon be able to read them which will be very useful. Speaking to those who have been involved with horse racing will help you.