Obscure betting strategies to beat the bookies

March 8, 2019 | By More
Obscure betting strategies in horse racing
Punters use numerous obscure betting strategies to find winners in horse racing

While serious punters pour over video replays and sectional times, another group of punters employ more obscure betting strategies to find a winner.

These punters are not averse to landing big paydays because much of their betting logic relies on random chance. Not that they would admit it.

They can be found at smaller betting venues, sports clubs and pubs, often holding a pen in one hand and beer in the other.

These dyed-in-the-wool small punters use every weird and wonderful, strange and bizarre betting strategy, from simple win bets to complex multi’s, to land that enormous winner.

Punting systems to swear by

“There is this one guy,” recalls village member Sister Dot.

“Doesn’t even know the names of the horses. Just does multi’s, etc. With lots of numbers. Barely knows who Winx is!”

“Another guy bets religiously on 2nd favourites all day long, every Saturday in our pub punting group. Goes ok.”

“Other young blokes come in, pool their money and take turns.”

“Others come in purely to enter the pub betting comp where the winner takes all at the end of the day.”

“My girlfriend used to pick her horses by the jockeys colours, and has bet every Saturday for years.”

Everyone has their favourite jockey and occasionally bets on them regardless of the particular horse’s chance in the race.

Lucky numbers, favourite barriers, mounting yard antics, all entirely ‘valid’ but obscure betting strategies used by punters in the betting ring.

Some people religiously include their post code each time they bet the quadrella. A birthday or, hardly advisably, their PIN.

How many Western Bulldogs supporters have put money on The Bont, a 5YO gelding trained by Shay Keating?

We all have that friend who “knows” insiders in the industry. He only bets on tips from mates, contacts, professional tipsters and “insiders”.

He often comes in with “a whisper”, heard usually from the stables that this horse is a live one today.

None of these methods involve the meticulous form study that lead to our own horse racing tips.

On whispers and plunges

I have a personal story about how whispers can turn into major plunges.

As a young child, I joined a small party of street punters and travelled to the harness racing at Yarra Glen, quite a distance from where we lived.

This guy had a huge tip from the stables, from an insider no less.

The horse was “exceptional”. Kept quiet though, in order to slam the bookies at her first start on the track.

I remember after we finally arrived at the course, each of the men who were old enough to bet raided the bookmaker ring, taking a multitude of bets using serious money.

50-1 mostly, before the price plummeted to around 8’s, as I recall.

Quite a plunge we started.

It was exciting to plan and implement this attack on the bookies, then watch the word spread and the price dive.

I was amazed at how quickly the price tumbled on this “outback” course. 

The horse flew the barrier and bounced to the lead. Our boys were shaking with excitement.

Led by 20m out the back straight and going strongly.

Clutching our tickets at 50-1, dreaming of an impending windfall.

Sadly, as you might have guessed, the horse gassed in the home straight and tailed off in last place.

The one that got away? 

The importance of review

On review, we basically went “all out” on what essentially was just a whisper. 

Why do intelligent people get caught up in the hype of a whisper?

Luckily for me I was too young to invest serious cash but I learnt a valuable lesson that day.

It’s easy to get caught up in a wave of excitement and hope, but you need to take a step back and assess what it’s based on.

Review why you acted in this way.

It could be based on just a whisper that took on a life of its own.

Obscure betting strategies are like playing dice

Quirky and obscure betting strategies are just that. There is often only scant logic to betting on longshots.

Merely a chance selection that may or may not come in. Like a dice, each side having only a 1/6 chance of rolling face up.

It will come in one day, but don’t tell anyone about the times it didn’t.

Thanks to Sister Dot for suggesting and contributing ideas for this article.

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