Horse Betting Systems

A general believe about gambling is that winning or losing is a matter of chance entirely. While it is true that there is no way to place a 100% fail-proof bet, there are many ways of improving your chances of winning. These strategies are known as Horse Betting Systems and are closely guarded by professional punters, who stick to their best-trialled systems religiously. We have compiled a variety of horse racing system, to allow you a rare glimpse into the minds of horse race betting professionals.

Lay Bets

Lay Bets are the most popular strategy amongst the professional punter. The theory is simple: Instead of backing a horse with short odds to win, you back it to lose. The idea behind this is quite logical - only one horse can win, so your selection is more likely to lose. Also, the better shorter your winning odds are on a horse, the longer your laying odds will be. So a losing favourite will actually pay better than a winning favourite. While some punters might look down on the lay bet on principle, we can't deny that it can be a very rewarding way to place your bets.


In this system you bet on a horse which fell short of winning its last race - but only if its last race was the first after a long absence, a layoff, from the track. The theory behind this is that the horse is already in fine form, considering his layout, and will perform much better in the next race - the one on which you are now betting - and will therefore be good for at least a Show Bet.

Surface Switch

Some punters like to bet on horses who have been switched from turf to dirt/dirt to turf by their trainers. The idea is that the trainer feels that a horse's performance will improve on the different track surface and that the horse will therefore do well in the races on the new ground.


The ability of the jockey is just as crucial for the win as the talent of the horse. Some punters even prefer to bet on their most trusted jockey when unsure about the top horses. Once upon a time, jockeying legend Lester Piggott revolutionised the betting culture, when punters began to bet on whatever horse he was riding and cleaned the bookies out nicely. Another popular angle is to bet on a horse now running with a new and better jockey that previously; hoping that the jockey's greatness will improve the horse's performance.

Speed & Post

If you are dreaming of picking that elusive long-shot winner, this strategy might be of help. If you notice a runner with a history of great speed and good work, who never quite made it, check his or her post positions. The closer the horse is running to the rail, the more likely it is to do better that before. If a narrow loser from the far side is now starting closer to the rail, he or she might be worth your while.

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