The big-field valuable handicaps are referred to as benefit races for the bookmaker. But that so-called ‘received wisdom’ completely misses the point…
If there is a race to be run on a British or an Irish racecourse, the bookmaker is almost honour-bound to price it up, form a market and to lay bets.
It would be a peculiar bookmaker that refused to do so. I certainly can’t remember the last time that scenario – or one even remotely like it – unfolded.
A bookie who doesn’t want to put up a market for a horse race is a bookmaker who will pretty soon be out of business.
We can look at any day’s cards and we can take a view on the races we want to play in and the races we want to leave alone.
So it might surprise you to learn that every summer that ever comes along I choose to play in the races considered most advantageous to the bookmaker – the races referred to as the toughest on the racing programme….
If you were to ask me what’s my favourite kind of horse race to bet in then I would have to be honest and tell you that I like the big-field valuable handicaps on the flat – especially those run at trips between 5f and 9f….
Flat handicaps are considered something of a lottery. Big fields of well-matched horses – all with similar levels of ability – belting up a straight track present an impenetrable puzzle as far as most punters are concerned….
Another group will assure you that anybody betting on the outcome in such races might as… Read more…