The Skills And Traits Of Horse Racing Experts

Published 2022/01/07

The Skills And Traits Of Horse Racing Experts

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It can be enjoyable to watch a horse race as a complete beginner. However, as with most things, the more you know and understand the sport, the more enjoyment you’ll get out of it. But this is something that many people struggle with. Unlike football, most people don’t have a solid grounding in the ins and outs of horse racing. Though it’s hugely popular in the UK, it’s still something of a “niche” sport.

However, this can be easily changed with a little bit of effort. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some skills and traits of horse racing experts, which anyone can replicate. Follow the tips, and it won’t be long before you’re an expert!

Learn About Conditions

Newcomers are tempted to look at the horses that are running a race, but that should come second. The first look should be towards the ground. The ground conditions have a huge bearing on the race and how horses will perform. Some prefer dry grounds; others prefer slightly damp ground. In the UK, ground conditions will be one of the following:

● hard

● firm

● good to firm

● good

● good to soft

● soft

● heavy

It’s worthwhile reading up on what each of these means and their respective codes. It’s also a good idea to check how particular horses fare in such conditions.

Tuning In

You couldn’t expect to be a football expert if you only watched one game a year. So you shouldn’t expect to become a horse racing expert if you only watch the Grand National. After all, they say that to become an expert in art, you should look at 1000 paintings. The same principle applies to racing. The more races that you watch, the more you’ll know.

That’s because there are some things that you can only learn through experience. You’ll find horse racing on television most days of the year, and if there’s nothing on the box, then you can always dive into the YouTube archives -- you’ll find many of the all-time classic races on there.

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What Do Actual Experts Say?

It takes time to become a true horse racing expert. Indeed, it’s like a full-time job -- and that’s a level of leisure time that most die-hard horse racing fans just don’t have. Thankfully, there are people out there that do spend considerable time studying horse racing, and many of them share their thoughts and impressions with the world. So if you’re looking to improve your understanding of horse racing, be sure to browse the websites that publish these expert tips; OLBG is one of the best since they offer tips on a wide selection of races.

 

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Following the Trainer

Horses have natural racing talent. But that talent has to be coaxed to the surface, refined, and trained. The trainer of a horse has a much bigger say in the overall performance of the race than many people realise. And some trainers are exceptionally good at what they do. Take a look at the winners of the big races over the years, and you’ll invariably come across the same names again and again. As with horses, trainers tend to do best on certain tracks. So if you see that a trainer is submitting multiple horses into one race, then you can be reasonably confident that they feel confident.

Understanding Horses

But don’t disregard the horses entirely. You can sometimes tell which horse is going to do well by looking at how they’re acting before they race. Is the horse looking straight ahead, calm, and confident? It might mean something. Learn to read horse behaviour, and you’ll be adding another layer to your understanding.

Going In Person

Finally, consider going to a race meet in person. We talked earlier about watching races on television, and for certain, that will help immensely. But just as going to a Premier League match will give you a better understanding of football, so too going to a race meet will enhance your knowledge and understanding of horse racing. In doing so, you won’t just improve your knowledge: you’ll also experience the most fun aspect of horse racing.

The UK’s biggest meets, such as the Grand National and Cheltenham, are bona fide social extravaganzas. You’ll be there primarily for the racing, sure, but you’ll also have plenty of fun.

Final Thoughts

Horse racing is more complex than most people think, but it’s also true that anyone can go beyond the basics of the sport just by dedicating a little time and effort to increasing their knowledge. And once you’ve done that, you’ll find that you enjoy the sport on a deeper level. You’ll soon discover just why, to so many people, horse racing is the greatest sport on earth.