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25/2/2006 edition

Betting Favourites
Small Fields

There has been quite a lot of discussion in the forum about favourites in small fields. So we thought we'd start monitoring them on a regular basis. We'll concentrate on Saturday races in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide where the field size has seven or fewer runners.

When a favourite is beaten we will also provide details of the winner. If there are trends they will be identified. For example if a stable has two runners in the small field does the horse at longer odds win more often than it should? Do some jockeys lose more often than they should on the favourites? Do some stables have a poor strike rate on favourites in small fields? And so on.

The results should prove quite interesting.

So here are the results from Saturday, 18th. February.

Moonee Valley: Track Good

R3 $75,000 4YO and upward. Open. Set weights with penalties.
Distance: 1500 metres
Number of runners: seven
Favourite: Vroom Vroom
Result: first

Starting price: $1.50
Top fluctuation: $1.50
SuperTab tote dividend: $1.40
Jockey: Craig Williams
Trainer: David Hayes

R4 $175,000 3YO Colts & Geldings. Group 2. Set weights.
Distance: 1600 metres
Number of runners: six
Favourite: Bel Danoro
Result: fourth
Starting price: $3.30
Top fluctuation: $3.30
Jockey: Danny Nikolic
Trainer: Lee Freedman
Winner: Spinney
Starting price: $3.60
Top fluctuation: $3.80
SuperTab tote dividend: $2.90
Jockey: Darren Beadman
Trainer: John Hawkes

For the first time in well over a year there were no fields of seven or less runners on a main Saturday meeting held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide on Saturday, 11th. February.

This edition of Punt to Win:
Following the betting odds money - horses resuming from a spell
The best horse racing tipping service on the internet
Get those betting odds
The Third Up Winners horse racing betting system
Horse Watch betting system - future winners
Betting favourites in small fields
Best odds for well bet winners - bookmaker or tote?
Betting tips from the track: 11/2/2005 - Rosehill & Caulfield
Betting tips from the track: 18/2/2005 - Randwick & Moonee Valley
Racing results for horses carrying a weight handicap of 59kg.
Future winners - unlucky horses
Punt to Win 11/2/2006
Punt to Win index

You Need Top Odds

It's unlikely you'll get a high enough strike rate backing short priced tote favourites and poor value tote horses to make up for big unders on the tote. Especially in Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan racing on Saturdays.

If you regularly get poor odds you increase your chances of losing money.

It's very unlikely you'll make a long term profit by consistently backing short priced tote favourites.

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