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Cheltenham Racing Tip 16/12/17
The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup is the big race of the day at Cheltenham and you can watch it live on ITV4. However, we are looking towards the concluding 20.5f mares’ handicap hurdle for our NAP of the day and we think Graceful Legend looks well overpriced for Ben Case and Max Kendrick. This 6yo daughter of Midnight Legend comes here on the back of a career best performance when proving far too good for Jester Jet off 127 at Ascot last month (21f gd/sft), and that mare has franked the form since.
Jester Jet hosed up on her next start at Plumpton before going on to run a massive race in the finale here on Friday off 7lb higher than when beaten by Graceful Legend. The Case mare has been hiked to a mark of 137 for that impressive win last time, but that may not stop her. Max Kendrick claims a handy 7lb off her back and he has form figures of 24111 on Graceful Legend. He clearly gets on well with her and at odds of 14/1 she is our e/w NAP of the day.
Cheltenham Racing Tip: 15.40-Graceful Legend e/w @ 14/1 Ladbrokes NAP
Cheltenham Racing Tip 16/12/17
The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup is one of the main events on Day 2 of The International Meeting at Cheltenham and you can watch it live on ITV4. We like the look of King’s Odyssey for Evan Williams and Adam Wedge in this 21f chase. This 8yo previous course and distance winner (hvy) off 139 fell in this race when still going well last year off a mark of 147. He blew the cobwebs away with a satisfactory reappearance run at Carlisle last month and that should have put him cherry ripe for this.
He finished 3rd at Carlisle over an inadequate trip of 2 miles and he stayed on well to be beaten just 2L for the win. The handicapper dropped him 2lb to 140 for that promising effort, so he races off just a pound higher than his last winning mark. This race is probably the main aim for him this season as he is unlikely to get his favoured soft ground in March. He is proven over c&d, he is on a good mark and if he puts in a clear round of jumping he should go very close at odds of 15/2.
Cheltenham Racing Tip: 13.55-King’s Odyssey e/w @ 15/2 Coral NB
Cheltenham Racing Tip 16/12/17
The 3 mile Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Hurdle looks a competitive renewal and Fergal O’Brien fires two bullets in the race. The shorter priced of his pair, Global Stage, is undoubtedly a contender after an impressive win at Ayr last time (20f sft) and he should be suited by the extra distance here. However, at a much bigger price we think Aye Aye Charlie could go well upped in trip, though he will have to jump better than when falling in a Grade 2 here last time out (21f gd/sft).
This half brother to out and out stayer Chase The Spud had previously stayed on well to get up for 3rd in a 20f maiden hurdle at Aintree, shaping as though a stiffer test would suit. He was 5L out the back when tipping up at Cheltenham last time, but he had yet to be asked for an effort and he was still travelling fairly well. The extra 3 furlongs here should be right up his street and the soft ground is not a worry as he won his bumper on a similar surface. We think he could outrun his odds and at 20/1 he is worth chancing for small stakes e/w.
Cheltenham Racing Tip: 14.30-Aye Aye Charlie e/w @ 20/1 Paddy Power (outsider)
Horse Racing Tips
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Warwick Racing Tip 14/12/17
The RUK cameras will be at Warwick on Thursday and our e/w NAP of the day goes in the 3 mile handicap chase at 13.55. The ground is currently described as heavy at Warwick so an ability to handle testing conditions will be paramount. One horse who will relish the ground is the Jennie Candlish trained 8yo son of Gamut Grove Silver, and this gelding should be cherry ripe after a couple of runs to blow away the cobwebs this season. He was well beaten both times, but back on heavy he could be dangerous.
Grove Silver is a real mudlark, with all 5 of his career wins coming on soft or heavy. His last triumph came when absolutely hosing up in a 20f handicap chase at Carlisle last March (hvy) off a mark of 118. He was narrowly beaten on his only previous visit to Warwick so there are no concerns regarding the track and that run came over 3m 5f so there are no stamina worries at 3 miles. With conditions optimal and off a pound lower than his last win, Grove Silver is our e/w NAP of the day at odds of 8/1.
Warwick Racing Tip: 13.55 Warwick-Grove Silver e/w @ 8/1 Ladbrokes NAP
Lingfield Racing Tip 13/12/17
The ATR cameras will be back at Lingfield on Wednesday for another card of all weather action. Our Tuesday NAP Very Honest was just run out of it late on there on Tuesday, and we think Brett Johnson has another good chance with Rakematiz in the 10f handicap at 14.30. This relatively lightly raced 3yo son of Pivotal was a winner here over 9f on the turf during the summer off 57 and he is 5lb higher here. He returned from a 5 month break here last month and he ran better than his finishing position suggests.
He seemed to break well but Calum Shepherd took a pull as they left the stalls and he anchored Rakematiz near the rear of the field. As they turned for home Rakematiz still seemed to be travelling well, but by the time Shepherd gave him the office the leaders had flown. He still kept on well enough to be beaten just over 5L for the win and he has been dropped a pound to 63 for that run. He will be dropped in early so his wide draw is not a concern and at 14/1 he looks worth chancing each way.
Lingfield Racing Tip: 14.30-Rakematiz e/w @ 14/1 Skybet NB
Aintree Racing Tip 09/12/17 Grand Sefton
The Grand Sefton is the second race of the day over the National Fences at Aintree and we like the look of one at a massive price in this 2m 5f contest. With heavy ground forecast an ability to handle testing conditions will be key and we think No No Mac could go well for Ian Duncan and Henry Brooke. This 8yo son of Oscar comes here on the back of a couple of below par runs at Ayr, but he may have needed them from a fitness perspective.
No No Mac has won on soft and heavy ground so he will have no issues with the underfoot conditions at Aintree. He races off a mark of 127 so he runs with a nice low weight and he is 3lb below his last winning mark. His regular partner Derek Fox has to ride for his boss Lucinda Russell, but Henry Brooke is a more than able deputy. He has had three rides in the past for Ian Duncan and he finished in the first 4 on every one of them. Plenty of his opponents here would prefer better ground and at odds of 28/1 No No Mac is our outside e/w fancy of the day.
Aintree Racing Tip: 15.10-No No Mac e/w @ 28/1 Skybet (outsider)
Betting On Horse Racing
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We have all the knowledge when it comes to betting on horses. The best courses to bet at, the best trainers, and tips and tricks for finding winners on the flat and over jumps. If you prefer to bet on the Virtual Racing we have that covered too. Our experts also provide the best totally free betting tips for all the big races and meetings.
We will update our pages with free tips both during the week and at the weekend. Our team cover the best of British racing at tracks like Epsom, Ascot, Aintree, Haydock, Cheltenham and Kempton. We will also bring you the best of Irish racing too, from the Curragh, Fairyhouse, Punchestown and Leopardstown.
Some of the most valuable races in the world are run at Meydan during the winter months, including the Dubai World Cup. We will have tips for that meeting too. So, whether you are a horse racing expert, or just a novice, Mybettingbonus has everything you need to find those elusive winners.
Horse Racing Bookmakers
As was discussed above, one of the most important decisions for any punter is what bookie to use. We recommend using bookies that offer best odds guaranteed on horse racing, especially if you prefer to take early prices. Bet365, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Betfair, Coral, Betfred, BetVictor and Skybet all offer best odds guaranteed, and they all have stellar reputations.
Before you sign up with any bookie, there are a few other factors to take into consideration. Some offer brilliant enhancements and promotions for existing customers. For example the ‘Power Plays’ with Paddy Power. Customer service and website functionality are important things to think about too. If you need more information on various bookmakers, check out our in depth bookie reviews.
Betting exchanges are another area that every horse racing punter should look into. Betdaq and Betfair Exchange are the market leaders. The exchange allows you to lay a horse to lose, as well as back to win or place. You are playing against other punters rather than the bookies, who charge a set commission for providing the platform
Best Horse Racing Systems
Choosing a method for betting on horse racing is down to individual preference. Some people prefer to take judgement out of the equation and devise systems to back horses that meet strict criteria. For example, form last time out, market strength, jockey/trainer strike rate. These systems rely heavily on statistics, and plenty have managed to engineer a profit this way.
It is often said that successful gamblers always bet with their heads rather than their hearts. These systems take emotion and human error out of the equation. However, for many casual punters the fun comes from reading the form on the day and making a selection themselves. Our experts read the form for you, and for the best Saturday and Sunday tips you should always check Mybettingbonus.
Horse Racing Betting Explained
When it comes to betting on horse racing there are a huge variety of options. The advent of betting exchanges has strengthened the punter’s hand, as you can now bet on a horse to lose as well as win. For most punters, the most familiar way to bet on a horse is a straight win bet. This means you only get paid if your horse is first past the post.
Each way betting splits your stake, with half going on the win and the other half on the place. Therefore if your selection wins, you get paid on both. While if it manages to place you get a return on the place only, losing the win part of the bet. Depending on race conditions you will be paid at either 1/4 or 1/5 of the original odds for a place. This will also be explained further later on.
A lot of bookies allow their customers to bet into the Tote pools, and the jackpot and placepot are popular bets. The Jackpot requires you to pick the winner of the first 6 races of a particular meeting. Placepot is basically the same, except you need your selections to place rather than win.
Multiple bets are also a popular choice, with yankees, lucky 15s, lucky 31s and lucky 63s the most common bets. One of the key things to consider when choosing your horse racing bookie is whether they offer best odds guaranteed.
This means if you take a price and your horse returns at bigger odds, you get paid at the better price. The most well known bookies like Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Bet365 all offer best odds guaranteed. However, it is always sensible to check what the policy is before you sign up with any bookmaker.
Horse Racing Odds
When it comes to taking early prices, there can be a huge variation in the prices on offer from different bookies. It always pays to shop around, and odds comparison sites are a vital tool for betting on horse racing. Oddschecker is probably the best known site to offer such a service. They cover a huge range of bookies, including Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Bet365.
Not only can you check the best available odds with Oddschecker, they also allow you to place your bet with your bookie of choice. This is a really handy tool that saves time and allows you to snap up a price before it shortens. Other odds comparison sites include BestOdds, Oddsportal and Odds-Comparison Uk. You should check them all out to see which one suits your needs best.
Best Horse Racing Newspaper Tips
For some punters, the daily newspaper is the first place they look when trying to find a winner. Some newspaper tipsters have better records than others, and you should always do your research before you choose who to follow. Not many of them turn a profit, but it is hard to do so if you are tipping a horse in every race, every day.
Templegate is the chief tipster for Sun, and he usually does well with his naps (best bet of the day). Other papers like The Times, The Independent and The Daily Mail all offer free daily tips on UK and Irish racing. For French and American racing, the at At The Races website is the best place to find form and free tips. The key to turning a profit by following tipsters is selectivity.
Racing Post Tips
The Racing Post is seen as the bible for anyone interested in betting on horse racing. It is chock full of tips, stats, form and has extensive coverage on a wide range of other sports too. Tom Segal (aka Pricewise) is their chief tipster on Saturday and Sunday, and he has a real eye for spotting value. He often has barren spells, but when he picks winners they are usually at very nice prices. The Racing Post also contains stats on all the national newspaper tipsters
He is not the only good tipster at the Racing Post. There are plenty of shrewd judges writing for them whose opinions are worth listening to. Another excellent feature of the Racing Post is their ‘trainer quotes’ section for the biggest races of the day. This gives an insight into what trainers expect of their runners on the day, though their words shouldn’t be taken as gospel. The Sportinglife website also provides quotes from connections for all the biggest races of the season.
Horse Racing News
For anyone serious about betting on horse racing, keeping up to date with the latest news is crucial. Picking winners is not easy, and every morsel of information should be considered before placing a bet.
At The Races and Racing Uk have daily news reports on TV every morning, and these are always worth watching. Ground changes, non-runners and market movers are usually discussed. You can often catch interviews with jockeys and trainers too.
Online the Racing Post Website has an excellent rolling news section. Here you will find all the latest breaking news in the racing industry. The Sportinglife website is another useful resource, while the At The Races website is handy too. Racing Post and Irish Field are the best horse racing newspapers in which to find the latest and biggest horse racing stories.
Horse Racing Betting Sites
Once again, the Racing Post website is probably the best horse racing betting site around. Firstly they have extensive stats on trainers, jockeys and owners. Furthermore their bloodstock section has lots of statistics on all the best sires and dams. Finally it is an indispensable tool for those who like to consider pedigree, but you need to subscribe to gain full access.
The Sportinglife and At The Races websites don’t offer coverage as in-depth as the Racing Post. However, their stats on jockeys, trainers and owners compare well, and both those sites are totally free to use. At The Races website offers regular free tipping competitions too, and their stable tours section is a useful resource.
You can also watch race replays (from selected tracks only) on the At The Races website. If you want to see how your fancy ran last time out, then this is the place to go. For a free site it has a lot to offer, to both casual and professional horse racing punters.
Horse Racing Results
There are a number of avenues through which you can check the horse racing results after the race has ended. Websites that we discussed earlier such as Racing Post, At The Races and Sportinglife all provide a fast and efficient results service. Within minutes of the race finishing they will have all the info you need, including starting price and winning distance. They also give the dividends for tricast and forecast bets. So, if you need the result today, and fast, then those are the sites to use.
Another way to check the horse racing results is via your bookmaker website. They all have sections where you can check the results, and they carry the same info as the sites discussed above. If you prefer placepots or jackpots you can also check the dividends via the methods above. However, the Totepool website is a better resource for checking how your bet is getting on. They provide ongoing race by race analysis of remaining units. It is a handy tool for checking out what your potential winnings may be.
Horse Racing Fixtures
Horse racing is split into two different seasons, but they both overlap. The National Hunt season (jumping) runs roughly from October to May, while the Flat season runs from March to November. There is racing on almost every day of the year, and even when the flat season finishes there is plenty of action on the all weather tracks throughout the Winter. The all weather season climaxes on Good Friday at Lingfield with the All Weather Championships.
It is during the Spring and Summer months that the flat really gets going. The first classics of the year, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas are run at Newmarket at the start of May. Irish equivalents are run at the Curragh at the end of the month. Royal Ascot, the Epsom Derby meeting and Glorious Goodwood are all major meetings during the summer. In Ireland, the Derby Festival at the Curragh and the Champions Stakes at Leopardstown are two of the biggest flat meetings of the year.
Winter is dominated by National Hunt racing, and the first big meetings are held during the Xmas period. The King George at Kempton and the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown are the two biggest races. It is always worth keeping an eye on those meetings as there are usually plenty of clues to be found for later in the Spring. The Welsh Grand National is also held during the festive period at Chepstow. Focus then switches to the big Spring festivals at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown.
Major National Hunt Meetings
- November: Irish Champion Chase, Down Royal. Hatton’s Grace, Fairyhouse. Betfair Chase, Haydock.
- December: Xmas Festival, Leopardstown. King George IV Meeting, Kempton.
- January: Irish Champion Hurdle, Leopardstown. Tolworth Hurdle, Sandown.
- February: Irish Gold Cup, Leopardstown. Ascot Chase, Ascot.
- March: Cheltenham Festival.
- April: Irish Grand National Meeting, Fairyhouse. English Grand National Meeting, Aintree.
- May: Punchestown Festival, Ireland.
Major Flat Meetings
- April/May: Guineas Meeting, Newmarket. Guineas Meeting, Curragh.
- June: Epsom Derby Festival. Royal Ascot Meeting. Irish Derby Festival, Curragh.
- July: Newmarket July Festival. Eclipse Meeting, Sandown. Phoenix Stakes, Curragh.
- August: Glorious Goodwood. International Stakes, York.
- September: Champions Weekend, Leopardstown. Irish St Leger, Curragh. Sprint Cup, Haydock. St Leger, Doncaster.
- October: Champions Weekend, Ascot. Racing Post Trophy, Doncaster.
Horse Racing Tracks UK
Flat Racing Only
Bath, Beverley, Brighton, Chester, Epsom, Goodwood, Hamilton, Newmarket, Nottingham, Pontefract, Redcar, Ripon, Salisbury, Thirsk, Windsor, York.
National Hunt Only
Aintree, Bangor, Cartmel, Cheltenham, Exeter, Fakenham, Fontwell, Hereford, Hexham, Huntingdon, Kelso, Ludlow, Market Rasen, Newton Abbott, Perth, Plumpton, Sedgefield, Stratford, Taunton, Towcester, Uttoxeter, Warwick, Wincanton, Worcester.
Ascot Ayr, Carlisle, Catterick, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Haydock, Kempton, Leicester, Lingfield, Musselburgh, Newbury, Newcastle, Sandown, Southwell, Wetherby.
All Weather Tracks
Chelmsford, Kempton, Lingfield, Newcastle, Southwell, Wolverhampton.
Horse Racing Tracks Ireland
Flat Only Tracks
National Hunt Only
Kilbeggan, Punchestown, Wexford.
Ballinrobe, Bellewstown, Clonmel, Cork, Fairyhouse, Galway, Gowran Park, Killarney, Leopardstown, Limerick, Listowel, Naas, Navan, Roscommon, Sligo, Thurles, Tipperary, Tralee, Tramore.
All Weather Tracks
Major UK National Hunt Racecourse Guide
Below is a quick guide to some of the biggest National Hunt racetracks in the UK and Ireland. Here you can find lots of useful information that can influence your bet. Track maps and characteristics, leading trainer and jockey stats for past 5 seasons and a top tip to help you find a winner at every track.
Left handed, sharp and flat hurdle and chase track. National track is galloping/stiff fences
Grand National, Betfred Bowl, Melling Chase
N Henderson (27/146), P Nicholls (15/147), N Twiston Davies (12/93)
B Geraghty (12/65), R Johnson (11/111), T Scudamore (10/90)
At the Grand National meeting, it pays to follow horses that have swerved or had easy races at Cheltenham.
Left handed, undulating, galloping and testing track with stiff fences
Cheltenham Festival (Gold Cup, Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle)
P Nicholls (51/381), P Hobbs (34/245), N Henderson (33/342)
B Geraghty (36/249), R Johnson (33/256), R Walsh (31/119)
It pays to follow the powerful yards and owners in Grade 1 races at Cheltenham
Left handed, galloping track with stiff fences
Hennessey Gold Cup, Challow Hurdle
N Henderson (38/171), P Nicholls (29/166), P Hobbs (21/116)
B Geraghty (31/128), R Johnson (27/141), N Fehily (19/129)
It can get very testing when the ground is soft at Newbury, so stick with horses that have proven stamina reserves
Right Handed, galloping and testing track
Long Walk Hurdle, Ascot Chase
P Nicholls (31/144), N Henderson (31/140), P Hobbs (17/98)
B Geraghty (32/114), A Coleman (16/99). R Johnson (15/101)
Aidan Coleman and Venetia Williams often pop up with big price winners at Ascot
Right handed, sharp and flat track
King George IV Chase, Christmas Hurdle
N Henderson (58/200), P Nicholls (30/152), A King (22/157)
B Geraghty (33/130), N Fehily (23/139), R Johnson (21/119)
Ex flat horses often do well over hurdles at Kempton due to the emphasis on speed
Right handed, galloping and testing track
Tolworth Hurdle, Tingle Creek, Henry VIII Chase
N Henderson (35/127), P Nicholls (28/162), G Moore (22/102)
Jamie Moore (20/84), B Geraghty (19/80), R Johnson (18/87)
The Moore yard does well here, and it is always worth watching out for when Jamie is riding for his father
Today’s Racing Tips
First of all the aim at Mybettingbonus is to provide high quality and totally free tips for horse racing. Our resident expert will read the form so you don’t have to, and we try to look for value in the markets. You should make sure to check back daily to find our Nap, Nb and Outsider of the day. We will update this page regularly with the best tips for the biggest races, and we will do our best to find you plenty of winners.
Weekend Racing Tips
The biggest and best races in the UK and Ireland are usually held at the weekend. Saturday is usually the big day in the UK, and the biggest races are televised live on ITV. Sunday is normally the big day in Ireland, though there are some important races held during the week when the biggest festivals are on. Therefore We will have tips for all the big races every weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. Make sure you check Mybettingbonus and our tips before you put your money down.
Horse Racing Cards
Before you consider betting on horse racing, it is vital that you look at the race cards. Here you will find lots of important information that you can use to your advantage. The best place to find horse race cards is on some of the horse racing betting sites discussed earlier. The At The Races, Sportinglife and Racing Post websites all provide quality cards that contain the vital information.
On the flat you can find out where your horse is drawn via the race card. This is a very important factor on some tracks. Chester, for example, is a track that heavily favours an inside draw, especially for sprint races. Other courses favour high draws in certain ground conditions, and it is always prudent to check the draw before you have a bet.
You can also find out the trainer, jockey and owner from the race card, as well as how much weight each horse carries. What is more you can also find out the age, sex and breeding of each runner, as well as the length of time since its previous run. Finally you find out if a horse is wearing headgear (e.g. blinkers (b), hood (h), cheekpieces (p),) via the race card.
The race card also contains the form figures for the last 5 runs for each horse. In maidens and Group races it pays to stick with horses that ran well last time out. However, in handicaps form figures can often go out the window, consequently tread carefully. Race cards also tell you the class and trip of the race, and also the race type (e.g maiden, handicap, seller). As a result for any punter that is serious about trying to find winners, race cards are an important source of information.
Horse Racing Race Categories
Before parting with your hard earned cash on the horses, it is important to consider the type of race you are betting on. Each way betting returns vary depending on the number of runners, and the category of race. Below are the different race types on both the flat and over jumps, including each way terms.
Horse Racing Race Types
Flat and national hunt races are run over a variety of distances, with sprints over 5f up to staying races of 2m 4f. There are two main categories of races on the flat, conditions races and handicaps. Conditions races include Group 1, 2 and 3 races, as well as Listed events. Maidens are also conditions races, and eligibility is decided usually through age and sex.
Sellers and claimers are also conditions races, and for all these race types it is 1/5 the odds each way for 3 places in fields with 8 runners or more. When there are 5-7 runners it is 1/4 odds for 2 places. In races with 4 runners or less it is win only betting.
Handicaps are run in classes from 1-7 on the flat and over jumps. In these races a horse carries a certain amount of weight determined on his handicap rating. The rating is decided by an independent judge called a handicapper. A horse needs to have 3 runs before he is awarded an official rating, unless it wins first or second time out. Each way terms for handicaps are identical to conditions races in fields with 7 runners or less.
In races with 8-12 runners you get paid 1/5 odds for 3 places with most bookies. When there are 13-15 runners the each way terms increase to 1/4 odds for 3 places. In fields with 16 runners or more it is 1/4 odds for 4 places. Bookies often offer extra each way places for the biggest handicaps, so it always pays to shop around.
Over jumps there are three basic categories of race. National Hunt Flat races, or bumpers as they are more commonly known, are introductory flat races, usually run over 2m, for young horses. The two other race types are hurdle races and chases.
Bumpers are similar to conditions races on the flat, and each way terms are identical. The same each way rules also apply to conditions races over jumps. These include Grade 1, 2 and 3 races and Listed races over hurdles and in chases. Maiden races, novice races, beginners’ chases, sellers and claimers all follow the same rules too.
Horse Racing Handicaps
For the novice punter, trying to understand how the handicapping system works can be daunting at first. Handicap races are run on both the flat and over jumps, and both follow the same basic rules. If you ever wondered what the term ‘well handicapped’ means, we will explain below.
After a horse has 3 runs in either maiden or novice races, it qualifies for a handicap mark. Horses that win a maiden on their first or second starts are given their mark straight away. This is known as the official rating. Such mark is determined by the handicapper, an independent judge. The handicapper bases the opening mark on what the horse has shown in its first 3 runs, and he can often get it badly wrong.
Shrewd trainers often run their horses on the wrong type of ground, or over an unsuitable trip, in maiden races. The handicapper awards a mark based on those three runs, but the trainer knows the horse will show more under different conditions. A couple of things to look out for in handicaps are horses running over a new trip, or on different ground, for the first time.
Class 7 handicaps are where the lowest rated horses race, and prize money is usually low. However, some of the most valuable races are class 1 and 2 handicaps. For example, the Grand National over jumps or the Ebor on the flat. The prize money for these ‘heritage handicaps’ is huge, and they are often very competitive races with massive fields. It is always sensible to bet small stakes, at big odds, each way in those types of races.
The key to finding winners in handicaps is judging whether you think a horse has the potential to run better than his current mark. Say, for example, you notice that a horse stays on well late in the day for 4th or 5th over 7f. Next time out it is stepping up in trip to 8f off the same handicap mark on similar ground. The extra distance should bring about improvement, and that horse could be ‘well handicapped’.
Once a horse shows improvement its mark is adjusted, and eventually the handicapper will catch up with it. Then the horse is on its correct mark, it is said to be ‘in the grips of the handicapper’ or ‘badly handicapped’. If a horse runs poorly the handicapper will lower its rating, so it can become well handicapped again. Looking out for horses returning to a previous winning trip, after dropping in the weights, is another way to find winners in handicap races.