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30/9/2006 edition

Horse Racing Form Analysis

More tips for identifying poor betting value favourites

Continued from previous page
With laying horses on betting exchanges gaining increased popularity, being able to consistently identify false favourites and favourites under the odds can make some punters a lot of money.

Here are some comments we made about beaten favourites at Rosehill from a few years ago which are just as relevant today.

Words Of Magic (4YO and UP Transition. Handicap. 1100 metres.)
SP $5.00. 11 runners.
The class horse of the race, with six wins and four placings from 10 starts. It was always going to be a big ask first up with 60kg. and barrier 10, even with the services of Corey Brown. After working to the lead, the barrier and weight double whammy told and the 4YO gelding was grabbed on the line. Give Words Of Magic barrier one or two and he would have won.

Thorns (Open. Handicap. 1500 metres.)
SP $4.40. 10 runners.
The 4YO John Hawkes trained gelding was very well placed. He had an excellent record at the track - two wins and a second from five starts, and at the distance - three wins and two seconds from six starts. He was fit after two runs in, had barrier two and Darren Beadman to ride. But it was an open race and the $4.40 was unders. We liked Thorns ourselves, but wanted around $7.00. So no bet.

Danzabeel (3YO S/C 1 win-ly. Handicap. 1400 metres.)
SP $2.80. 12 runners.
If ever there was a false favourite, this was it. The Zabeel gelding comfortably won his first race start in a Kembla Grange maiden over 1400 metres. Second up four weeks later, he faced a significant rise in class. Four weeks between consecutive 1400 metres runs is not ideal either. The Jim Cassidy jockey and Gai Waterhouse trainer combination lured punters into taking very short odds.

Approaching the first turn, Danzabeel was crowded, became unbalanced and struck the running rail. Jim Cassidy told the stewards after that Danzabeel got its head up, raced ungenerously and was never comfortable. Danzabeel never got into the race and finished a well beaten tenth.

The stewards found nothing wrong with Danzabeel after the race. Bad luck in running must be factored into the price you are prepared to accept. Maybe Danzabeel is one of those horses who gives up when inconvenienced in a race. There are also plenty of horses who, when inconvenienced, shrug their shoulders and fight on.

This edition of Punt to Win:
Horse racing form analysis - poor betting value favourites
The best horse racing tipping service on the internet
Get those betting odds
The Quick Pick Quinellas 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: Rosehill & Caulfield

Betting top weights - horses carrying a weight handicap of 59kg.
Future winners - unlucky horses
Punt to Win 23/9/2006
Punt to Win index

2005 Melbourne Cup Carnival Winners
Best Tote Odds?


Get these prices? Or these prices!! Extra Profit $10 bet
Coronga 10.80 13.70 $29
Funlove 8.40 11.20 $28
All Bar One 15.20 17.50 $23
Segments 7.40 9.50 $21
Testafiable 6.20 8.30 $21
Freeroller 10.10 12.10 $20
Glamour Puss 9.00 10.60 $16


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