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25/4/2003 edition

Doncaster Handicap Day
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Continued from previous page

That also explains why Doncaster Handicap favourite Lonhro started at only $2.20 with top fluctuation odds of just $2.40 and why second favourite Thorn Park started at only $5.00.

Racing's vested interests talk about the need to support the racing industry, and that betting exchanges will not do that but do they do it themselves?

Is it quite OK to offer tight markets to casual punters on big race days? Does the racing industry encourage those once a year racegoers and bettors to become regulars by doing so?

Why don't the TABs also come to the party and only deduct 5% from all betting pools? Encourage punters to bet and give many a realistic show of winning instead of taking out around 20% of the pool.

Punters are better educated about betting market percentages than ever before. Many punters are realising they do not have to bet into markets with high percentages well over 100%.

Not only are there the betting exchanges, but sports betting is taking off. Betting markets are around 105% - even less on head to head contests. There is no way the odds would be $1.50 the win each of two in a head to head sports betting event - that's a market of 133%, like punters often have to contend with betting on the gallops. With head to head sports betting most punters back plenty of winners and have a decent chance of breaking even, or even coming out ahead, unlike betting on horses.

Huge race prizes of course find their way into the pockets of the wealthy trainers and jockeys. The losers are the punters - punters who went for a market percentage ride with a starting price market of 125% in the Doncaster Handicap.

Let's not also forget that huge race prizes, and we know who in reality finances them - the bettors - are the carrot to make fortunes for the big studs. It's because there are massive prizes for some races that there are highly inflated stud service fees and highly inflated yearling prices.

This edition of Punt to Win:
Doncaster Handicap Day
Doncaster Handicap bookmaker betting odds
Handicapping tips - weight and class
Money talks - Randwick betting tips from the track
Money talks - Caulfield betting tips from the track
Money talks - Oakbank, Eagle Farm betting tips from the track
Future winners - unlucky horses
Punt to Win 18/4/2003
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