People like watching sports, it is not something that can be put into words – the dopamine hit that we get when we see our favorite team scoring a point, or our favorite horse winning a race; we feel the pride as if we had won the race ourselves. This might be the reason why so many people like to support their favorite teams and make their game viewing experience more interesting by betting on their favorite teams. By betting we psychologically connect to the team we are cheering for, and get to experience more of the thrill of the chase and the excitement of the competition, as we are also competing, in a way. Horse racing has long been a highly esteemed sport, and quite prestigious, in the sense that many horse races in the UK are visited by royals, and due to the fact that some of the races go back hundreds of years. But what can you do to push your passion for horses even further and start betting? Stick around to find out.
Learn as much as possible as you can about the sport
It is usually a bad idea to try to make assumptions and bet on a sport you know practically nothing about, as there is only so much that sheer luck can do for you. If you plan on placing more than two or three bets, you need to get to know the ins and outs of horse racing. First of all, you need to understand horses, and how their bodies work to produce the energy that they expel on the race track. You need to know their limits and how they recover from races and injuries in order to make an educated guess regarding the next race. You also need to closely follow the news from the world of horse racing; you need to know if the favorite for the next race has fallen ill, or if they are rolling out a replacement jockey, which can all hinder the chances of the horse winning the race.
Watch the trainers
You need to pay attention to the horse’s trainer as much as to the horse itself. The stats for trainers can easily be found, just like the horse’s stats, and they can tell you a lot about the way that a horse has been treated and prepped for the next race. If the trainer has a reputation for having his horses win a lot of races, it is safe to assume that the horse trained by him will go well in the next race.
Just like in other racing sports like Formula 1 or cycling, the starting position is very important, as you want your favorite to be on the inside of the track, which means that there will be less length to cover, compared to the outside of the track. This information can fairly easily be found online before the race, so watch closely for it when you are planning your next bet. Of course, for all of this and more, there are plenty of forums dedicated to horse racing, where you can listen to more experienced people sharing their views and tips on betting.