They go from the sublime to the ridiculous.
There are some very strange ways of picking a horse and you will read about them in the next section.
Here are a few ideas:
- Paying for tips
- Lucky pin
- Favourite colours
- It's the favourite
- The outsider of three
- That trainer's in form
- Ryan Moore is the best jockey
- My mate knows his stuff
- Derek Tompson's Tips
I think the strangest thing I ever saw was a psychic tipster. I thought that was pretty unusual. I have no idea if they had any success or not.
Anyway, each to their own. You know the best assessment of picking which horse to bet? If the result makes a profit or not. Even if it seems like the ludicrous idea as long as it's in the black it's all good news until it goes into the red.
My brother is very good at horse racing. But one of the best approaches he uses is simply liking the look of a horse. It's physical stature, how it is put together, not sure if I would call it conformation but a liking for how a horse catches his eye.
It's possible he would like a horse while another person would not. So it is very idiosyncratic.
But he has backed a lot of huge priced winners simply because he likes the look of it. Colt, filly or gelding.
I remember one horse called Puggy. This was a number of years ago but it's a day I won't forget and he most definitely will not. A day to remember because it filled his pockets with a huge wad of cash.
Puggy was making her debut at Salisbury and trained by Roy Kvisla, a trainer, if I remember correctly, who originally trained horses in Sweden or Norway or some Scandinavian country.
The bookies didn't have any idea if he could train a winner or not. By the betting odds of 66/1, it was given no chance. And on Betfair is was amazingly 200/1. My brother had £20 to win £4000.
Astonishing as it may seem, it won quite easily.
So what am I saying? There are plenty of ways to pick a winner, probably even more to pick a loser.
But use your own ideas as well as those of informed opinion as they may reveal a profit.