Punt to Win
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:
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.
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:
2008 Melbourne Cup Day
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