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10/1/2009 edition

Betting First Up Horses

"Backing horses resuming from a spell is always much riskier than backing horses with good, current exposed form, especially if you take short odds. Here is an example:

At Rosehill last Saturday in the Fillies and Mares Open over 1200 metres Livid resumed from a five months spell having her first start for new trainer Gerald Ryan.

Now Livid is no slouch. She was a close third in a Listed race at Caulfield in December last year behind St. Christoph and was competitive in the Group 3 Weight for Age Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield behind Miss Pennymoney and a Listed race at Flemington behind Black Bean in January this year.

With her apprentices' three kilos claim she came into the race very well with only 53 kilos and back to mares' company was well down in class. She also had a decent first up record from her only three starts with a win and very close second to the smart Northern Song last time first up.

was also well supported in the betting ring and started at $4.20.

So what could go wrong? She led and folded in the straight, beaten by 10 lengths. From the stewards' report the jockey and the stable foreman both could offer no explanation. A post-race examination also revealed no abnormality."

First published in Punt to Win, August 4, 2000.

Our comment today:

We have noticed some groups of horses that could offer some profitable wagering first up. These are 3YO, 4YO and 5YO horses. They have good win strike rates and are available at double figure odds first up, often because they are seen to be racing at an unsuitable distance or have a poor first up record based on something like five previous first up runs, which in our opinion is not that statistically significant.

Also be on the alert for lightly raced horses that are first up with a new trainer. It's amazing how often you will see a form reversal and a win at big odds.

This edition of Punt to Win:
Betting horses first up from a spell
The Professional Punter's horse racing news
Get those betting odds
Win betting - horse racing favourites: 3/1/2009
Win betting - horse racing favourites: 27/12/2008
Win betting - horse racing favourites: 20/12/2008
Win betting - horse racing favourites: 13/12/2008
The Trifecta Gold horse racing betting system
Horse Watch betting system - future winners
Betting favourites in small fields: 3/1/2009
Betting favourites in small fields: 27/12/2008
Betting favourites in small fields: 20/12/2008
Betting favourites in small fields: 13/12/2008
Best odds for well bet winners - bookmaker or tote?
Betting top weights - horses carrying a weight handicap of 59kg.
Future winners - unlucky horses
Punt to Win 13/12/2008
Punt to Win index

2008 Melbourne Cup Day
Best Bookmaker Win Odds
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