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17/5/2008 edition

Turning Horse Racing Losses Into Profits by Staking

Question: "From 100 bets in horse races I got 22 winners for a 22% strike rate. The average price was $4.00. The total return was 88 units. At level stakes this was a loss of 12 units, that is a loss of 12% on turnover. How do I get back at least $100 over the 100 races using a staking plan which recovers past losses as well?"

Answer: Basically you are are asking for magic to turn an ordinary set of horse racing betting results into a profit.

Sure, it's possible to make a staking plan to make a profit from those 100 results, but that will only be because of the particular order of those winners and losers, and the dividends of each at that point in the sequence. Most likely such a staking plan will not work for the next 100 selections and it's just about a certainty that it won't hold up for the 100 after that, or the 100 after that etc.

Now for some advice that can help you.

1. What are your dividends based on? Are they based on your home state TAB or bookmakers' starting price? If so, then you need to work harder at getting a better price. Explore all options for each bet including Betfair, bookies and best of the three totes. It is possible to substantially increase your returns over a large number of bets compared to betting just home state TAB or bookmaker starting price odds.

2. An excellent way of staking horses is to have more on the horses you think have a better chance of winning and more on the horses where you have a substantial advantage over the market. You need to know why each of your selections is a bet. If so, then try staking them based on your confidence about the winning chances of each selection.

3. Try and eliminate a few losers. Getting rid of just 10 losers from every hundred bets does wonders for your overall results. Review your betting. Try and understand why some of your horses won and why some lost. Develop some strategies to avoid some of those losers you might otherwise bet on in the future. This requires decision making on your part. That is needed if you really want to make money.

4. Even if you use a betting system selection method where you think you don't have to make use of your own judgement your results will be much better if you learn to make decisions that some of the horses are bad bets.

5. In my opinion every betting system ever invented using a fixed set of rules will give you some horses that are simply very bad bets. If you work out how to eliminate those bets by using your own judgement each time then you could be on to a winning betting method.

6. If you are not prepared to make any decisions and just follow a fixed set of selection and betting rules you can have plenty of entertainment, but expect that entertainment to come at a price as you are just about guaranteed to consistently lose money over the long term.

This edition of Punt to Win:
Turning horse racing losses into profits by staking
The Professional Punter's horse racing news
Get those betting odds
The Free Horse Racing Ratings betting system
Horse Watch betting system - future winners
Betting favourites in small fields: 10/5/2008 and 3/5/2008
Betting favourites in small fields: 26/4/2008
Best odds for well bet winners - bookmaker or tote?
Plunge horses - betting tips from the track: 10/5/2008 and 3/5/2008
Plunge horses - betting tips from the track: 26/4/2008
Betting top weights - horses carrying a weight handicap of 59kg.
Future winners - unlucky horses
Punt to Win 26/4/2008
Punt to Win index

2007 Melbourne Cup Carnival Winners
Best Tote Odds


Get these prices? Or these prices!! Extra Profit $10 bet
Distant Melody 26.00 49.90 $239
Montechoro 15.00 22.30 $73
Efficient 17.00 24.10 $71
Sculptor 21.00 24.90 $39
Partiva 21.00 24.30 $33
Count To Zero 13.00 15.70 $27


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