Racing Post Chase Betting

Richard Johnson and Gunther Mcbride clear the last fence at Kempton before landing The Racing Post Steeple Chase RaceBetting is what horse racing is all about. However before you try your hand at horse racing betting at the Racing Post Chase, it is useful to have an idea of how betting on handicap races works.

Like the Grand National held at Aintree, the Racing Post Chase is a handicap race. This means that race officials attempt to level the field by weighting competing horses based on their recent form. This makes for more exciting, competitive racing in which all horses in the field have a reasonable chance of winning.

Racing Post Chase Betting Hints

Many different factors come together when a racehorse wins a race. Good odds may be tempting, but it is also a good idea to keep a few things in mind when placing bets.

  • Form Betting: With the variation in distances and courses in different races, horses may perform brilliantly in one distance and course and poorly in another. Further, any horse can have a bad day –recent form isn’t always a reliable indication of real potential. Punters look out for horses who under-perform in races prior to the one on which they intend to bet. A horse with a string of bad results on courses to which it is isn’t suited may receive a low handicap in a race that suits all its strengths. This horse then has an advantage over the supposed form horses and is described as carrying “favourable weight”.
  • Minimum Weight: The minimum handicap for any horse is 10 stone. While the handicappers’ calculations may place a struggling horse below a 10-stone handicap, the horse will never be weighted beneath this level. This means that out-of form horses are literally doubly handicapped, allowing punters to eliminate some horses in the field from their lists of possible winners.
  • History on Track: When focussing on Racing Post Chase betting, look out for horses who have a history of winning on the Kempton Park Racecourse. Chances are that if they have done it before, they can do it again.
  • Longer Races: Short, 2-mile handicap races make it very difficult to pick a winner. A punter’s best bet is to focus on 3-mile races like the Racing Post Chase Handicap. In these longer races, real class has more chance of shining through.

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