Punt to Win
Betting on Hurdles and Steeplechases
Allow for bad luck
If you must bet on horses going over the jumps you have to take more generous odds about any horse you bet to allow for bad luck:
1. Your horse fails to complete a jump.
Here's an example of the risks in jumps racing.
A few years ago I remember seeing a punter cursing his bad luck and making all the usual accusations that punters who fail to accept responsibility for their own poor bets usually do make.
So what happened? He had placed a $1,000 bet on Mascagni at $1.50 in a field of nine runners in a 2800 metres hurdle at Victoria Park.
" It can't lose. This is the easiest $500 you can ever make. Money for jam. Sure beats working," he gloated. He was counting his winnings before the race had even started!
Mascagni put in a few ordinary jumps, lost lengths, but rallied to finish second, beaten nearly four lengths by Star Games. Ten days earlier Mascagni had beaten Star Games by nearly 12 lengths.
Now that's jumps racing for you.
This edition of Punt to Win:
2005 Melbourne Cup Carnival Winners
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