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10/1/2003 edition

Betting Tote Favourites

Well done Shane Templeton. In his column "The Pocket Talking", Herald Sun, Monday, January 6, 2003, he wrote:

"Tote too skinny

Off-course tote punters betting blindly on favourites have cost themselves plenty lately. Let's look back only to the Valley on Saturday..."

Shane Templeton then went on to point out the huge difference between bookmaker betting odds and the odds tote punters received on SuperTab, including what he described as "The worst case on Saturday" - that was Kali Smytzer. She eased on course from $2.50 to $4.00 and didn't even start favourite. On the tote she opened at $2.00 and would have paid huge unders if she won.

Have a look at the table below to see more examples from Moonee Valley of how tote punters got massive unders on short priced favourites.

Moonee Valley 4/1/2003


Tote Odds

Bookmaker Odds

Tote Loss

2.50 - 60
4.00 - 110
3.00 - 30
Tarn Princess
3.00 - 10

Backing short priced tote favourites is equivalent to throwing your money away. It is just about a guaranteed long term loss because you cannot get the massive winning strike rate needed to overcome the big unders you get compared to bookmaker betting odds, particularly on Melbourne and Sydney metropolitan meetings.

Each week we compare SuperTab odds with bookmaker betting odds for all horses that start at $5.50 or shorter in the bookmaker betting ring. You can see the huge differences between bookmaker and tote odds over hundreds of results.

As a very general rule the only horses that should be backed on the tote for a win will be around double figure odds.

One of the popular betting myths is that you can get "value" by taking a short priced tote favourite as your standout to win in a trifecta, often with other popular tote horses. You can't. How is that possible when the tote takes a bigger cut from trifectas than from win bets?

The only possible chance is if your aim is to beat the other punters with horses finishing second and third that they dismiss. If it's a smallish field that's also very unlikely as a common trifecta is odds on favourite/field/field.

This edition of Punt to Win:
Betting tote favourites
Handicapping tips - weight and class
Money talks - Randwick January 4 betting tips from the track
Money talks - Randwick New Year's Day betting tips from the track
Money talks - Moonee Valley, Flemington betting tips from the track
Money talks - Morphettville, Doomben betting tips from the track
Future winners - unlucky horses
Punt to Win 3/1/2003
Punt to Win index

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