CHELTENHAM The Statistical Awakening

They say we are an intelligent and honest service
based on statistics. I think it’s a bit more than that
and whilst Statistics divide people it’s a far bigger
area that most people realise as our clients know.

If I go back 10 years and look at my past messages
at Cheltenham they look so out dated now. These
are full of tired clichés and well known statistics.

The old chestnuts are still going strong
5 year olds can’t win Champion Hurdles until they do
6 year olds can’t win the Gold Cup until they do

Times have changed
Racing has changed
Our Analysis is always improving

That said it is heartening to see so many more use
statistics, data and analysis. In the last few seasons
there has been a statistical awakening in punters.

Nowadays so many more gamblers are improving
and going through an awakening with betting and
the use of racing statistics. So too are bookmakers
Tipsters, Journalists, Authors and Bloggers as well.

As a service though we have moved on. I read the
mainstream statistics and recognise these angles
as something I was doing several years ago. I feel
heartened to see many people use them well and
they are useful but these days you do need more.

Bookmakers know all about these angles and you
will find them quoting weary old statistics purely
from memory such is the extent that some of the
statistics are so far in the public domain. Its now
no longer to use these tired old arguments well.

For the last few seasons we have not stood still.

We have been developing and using some far
better angles very successfully. Our results are
better now than they have ever been and when
you consider we never advertise and rely only
on long term members and people that enquire
about us it shows we are doing something right.

When I advise a bet we want you to understand
why your are having the bet and the reasons to
do that. We are not afraid to test things out and
take risks when we need to. Members tell us it
is a service that leads the way and teaches you
how to improve your betting simply through an
intelligent approach that nobody else manages.

As an example let’s take Cheltenham
Handicap Hurdles and Handicap Chases.
Horses aged 11 or more

Many people will tell you horses aged 11 win
and they do but they won’t tell you that those
few winners aged 11 were very similar types

They won’t tell you if 11 year olds manage to
win if having an absence or carrying weight
or how many runs they have needed to win.

As it happens no 11 year old has managed to
win a Cheltenham handicap without having
a race in the previous month. We search to
find the angles that really matter. We look to
find Precedents and areas of weakness and
we collate these all and interpret them and
show members why they are betting horses.

We develop combination statistics showing
what type of horse wins each race and why.

I am working on a race next week right now

I find that in the last 6 years of this race
5 of the 6 winners had the same profile
Only 9 horses ran with this profile since 2009
These horses had a 5 winners from 9 record.
They won at 12/1 16/1 20/1 25/1 14/1
This will be a race fully discussed next week
Members will have full access to these angles

It is an angle I have never used before
It illustrates that we are never standing still.
We never stop working for clients
We are still several years ahead of the rest
Fascinating to see others catching up now
The Statistical awakening is growing each year
They are working the same way we did years ago
In a few years time they will be where we are now.
Join us and see how far ahead we will be then

If interested in joining now is the time.
My Cheltenham deal offers you first month savings.
The deal covers not just Cheltenham
but also the Aintree Grand National Festival.
Plus of course all mid week and Saturday action
before and in between.

There is a super strong refund guarantee on it because
I know how much effort I have put into preparing for Cheltenham
and I am highly confident you will not be disappointed.

Excellence. Integrity. Profit.

Best wishes
Guy Ward





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This post was written by Horse Betting Blog on March 6, 2015

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Injured Jockeys Charity Bet

Injured Jockey Fund Charity Bet

As I mentioned on our free newsletter yesterday
I am making use of b etfairs all customers invited
free bet offer today with winnings if any to be donated
to the Injured Jockey Fund.

The constraints I have to work with here are
- It must be at Ascot or Haydock
- It needs to be SP 3/1 or better.
( this bit is of course impossible to assess with 100% accuracy before the off )
- I am also seeking to use one of the races Guy has covered in his Saturday Message
- I promised a 1pm post time so I can’t select early races

This Saturday he has an Account Bet at Huntingdon
The two from his “Selections” category are at LingField.

ie his three strongest advices for today do not fit the “must be Ascot or Haydock” criteria.

He actually said to members

“Plenty of rain about and it’s soft
if not heavy at three National Hunt meetings.

I’ve made Lingfield the spine of the message
as there will be no significant changes there
and we know what we’re getting. I’ve dipped
into the National Hunt races I liked but there
are many big field handicaps on bad ground
at Ascot and Haydock and I’m dropping a few
of them this year if these look far too difficult.”

So we are into the Profile and Preview section of his message.
This section you can picture as a write up of research and analysis
he has done while seeking good value.

It is very possible for him to work a few hours on a race and
end up with no apparent stand out value that would merit elevation
of the advice to one of the stronger bet categories.

In Profiles and Previews today he has analysed 12 races.
Some in greater detail than others and as for reasons cited above
not too many at Ascot or Haydock.
Bearing in mind the race time criteria above I am left with only one race really that I can possibly select for our charity bet and it is one he has only done a very short write up on.


The 3pm Betfair Chase at Haydock

Guy says

“Considering the Betfair Chase is one of the best
early season races it is surprisingly very low on
my priority list. I don’t the race or the track or my
angles in this race and never have done. Its only
a very tokenistic view so if you fancy something
don’t let me put you off. I looked at the horses in
this race that had a chance that had proven form
over 3m 1f in Soft or Heavy ground in Grade One
Class there is only CUE CARD that has achieved
that. He’s Top on Racing Post Ratings and comes
out second on Official Ratings. Having won this
race last year he seems a reasonable e/w option.



Each Way”

So Cue Card it is then for our charity bet under the b etfair offer
I have bet £25 on the nose at 4/1 and it may pay out
more under best odds guarantee if SP is greater.
Winnings if any will be sent to the Injured Jockeys Fund.
If it does win then any bonus free bet from them will
also be bet on behalf of the IJF ( on another day ) and I will post up here
in advance of the off if so.

Here’s hoping lady luck smiles on us.

A good start to the day so far for full members as I type.
The 11.50 race Guy got right.

The same with the 12.10
Same with the 12.20

So 3 out of 3 so far today.

Best wishes
Site Admin






Posted under horse racing tips

This post was written by Horse Betting Blog on November 22, 2014

Paddy Power Gold Cup

The Paddy Power Gold Cup

This is the headline race today and judging by my inbox the one most casual punters are interested in.

I thought I would stick up my thoughts on it here on the blog.
This comes from the Profile and Previews section of my larger full member message. There are other races I feel offer better value today but here is my tuppence worth on the big race.

Cheltenham 2.30

The Paddy Power Gold Cup is a 2m 5f Graded Chase

This is a massive early season race but it does
not smell like a traditional renewal. Maybe that
is down to the two market leaders from smaller
stables. I have good angles I do want to follow.

* Horses don’t win this rated 135 or lower
* KING MASSINI fails this angles
* Not sure he has the class to win
* His Rating suggests not so he isn’t for me
* The last winner aged 10 or more was back in 1975
* None have placed since as far back as 1993
* ORPHEUS VALLEY fails this and other angles
* CEDRE BLEU hasn’t done enough after 14 Chase runs
* Horses aged 5 have a 1-20 record since 1997
* That was Cyfor Malta (1998) a seasonal debutant
* He had 4 Chase runs in England and 3 more in France
* He was the only 5yo winner since as far back as 1960
* CAID DU BERLAIS is the only 5yo today
* He only has 3 previous Chase runs – too few for me
* The recent winners had the following chase runs
* 9 5 8 7 6 3 9 5 6 5 12 15 10 5 27 7
* The horse with 3 career runs was a Gold Cup winner
* CAID DU BERLAIS looks short of what I want
* CANTLOW – I don’t want a 9yo with a miserable last run
* EDGARDO SOL is 7 and has run this year
* Both 7yo winners doing that won last time
* EDGARDO SOL didn’t but ran well in second
* I feel he has plenty of weight with 11st 4lbs
* Especially when never run over fences here before
* A Lack of Cheltenham Chase form worries me
* Especially when so proven on flatter tracks
* He is only a small horse and may not get home
* CHAMPION COURT has 20 Chase runs
* The last 9 winners had run in less than 10 chases
* 9 of the last 11 winners had run in less than 10 chases
* I’d prefer a horse with 5-15 Chase runs ideally 5-12 runs
* Not convinced about him after a poor seasonal debut
* I don’t think a big field helps him
* I looked at CHAMPION COURT’s sire
* 2m 4f or more – Listed/Graded race – Soft of Heavy
* So far his sires runners are 0-16 under these conditions
* On the plus side he does seem very well handicapped
* EASTLAKE – 20 Chase runs is far from ideal
* He is not like any 8yo that has won this
* OSCAR WHISky is a 9 year old
* Clearly very talented but flawed
* I just see him being caught out in such a race
* Big field and fast pace will surely put him under pressure
* He is the Class horse and has a Wind Operation
* Has the ability but like many I expect him to fail
* JOHNS SPIRIT won this last year
* He had 10st 2lbs and a mark of 139
* This year 11st 10lbs and a mark of 156
* 15 of the last 16 winners were rated between 136 and 150
* Clearly a significantly harder task on paper rated 156
* He has a earnt his weight though to be fair
* His last run was a career best Racing Post Rating
* The weight may beat him but he won’t be far away
* Previous 6 year old winners were rated 136 138 139 139
* No 6yo won with 11st 3lbs or more since 1960
* KAPGA DE CERISY is 6 and rated 148
* No 6yo has won rated within 9lbs of that
* He has more weight than all 6yo winners too
* SHANPALLAS is a 6 year old rated 147
* No 6yo has won rated within 9lbs of that
* He won the Munster National last time
* Doesn’t strike me as the best trial for this
* Never won on ground softer than good
* PRESENT VIEW does not have any Graded form
* The vast majority of past winners had that
* That is a big worry but it is eased by last years winner
* He was also 6 and also lacked Graded Class
* He only had 10st 2lbs though
* PRESENT VIEW has a higher weight and mark
* Past 6 year old winners were rated 136 138 139 139
* PRESENT VIEW has to defy a mark of 144 in this race
* He also comes from a Hurdle race and no past winner has
* His Racing Post Ratings are pretty average as well
* Look at Past winners Career best Chase Racing Post Rating
* 141 163 154 156 146 138 152 148 166 144 158 158 169 155
* PRESENT VIEW has achieved a 146
* 10 of the last 14 winners had bettered that
* I don’t see a good enough case to select him

P o s s i b l e s

* ERICHT is 8 and has run twice this season
* He’s surely done enough to argue the track is ok
* He has a 141 Racing Post Rating at Cheltenham
* Thats as good or better as 4 of the last 13 winners had
* The other 9 had higher numbers but he has a chance

* BUYWISE is 7 and won this season
* I don’t have a big statistical problem with him
* You can argue no past winners came from a hurdle
* He has now crucially proven he handles Cheltenham
* The fences though do take some jumping
* He has made several mistakes in 2 races there so far
* This is a much better race off a 12lbs higher mark
* They will go a lot faster than the race he won in April
* Could win but could easily fail on his jumping

* EASTER METEOR is an 8yo seasonal debutant
* Seasonal debutants aged 8 have struggled
* The last 8yo to win first time out was before 1988
* In the last 16 renewals they were 0-31
* None winning makes him unsafe
* With 13 Chase runs he has more than any 8yo winner
* That said he ran a great race in last years race
* He fell 2 fences out when in the lead
* EASTER METEOR has also changed stables
* He has upgraded to the Pipes
* There could be any amount of improvement
* I fancy him more than I should do on his profile
* Statistically though he should not be the choice

* PERSIAN SNOW is 8 as were 3 recent winners
* All 3 winners aged 8 ran within 2 weeks
* His 28 day absence doesn’t worry me much
* He comes here after a career best R.P.Rating
* That rating was better than 3 of the last 14 winners
* In a bad year with a bit of luck he could win
* I think he has to be considered here

* INDIAN CASTLE is a 6yo seasonal debutant
* He was favourite for the Kim Muir at Cheltenham
* He failed my Generic Stats in that race
* There were 2 recent 6yo’s winning first time out
* They had 5 5 Chase runs and a light weight
* INDIAN CASTLE has 4 Chase runs and 10st 8lbs
* I can live with that profile but he has another problem
* INDIAN CASTLE has no Graded form which is a worry
* That’s easier to overlook as he is lightly raced



PERSIAN SNOW 14/1 Saver Bet

EASTER METEOR 12/1 Saver Bet

Posted under Major Horse Races

This post was written by Horse Betting Blog on November 15, 2014

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Cambridgeshire Statistics

The Cambridgeshire on Saturday

Statistics for Saturdays main race are below for you .
This race won’t play a significant
part in Saturday’s full member message.
I know however that many will like
a crack at one of the best handicaps of the year
so if you want to have a go the angles may help.

You may come to a different conclusion from me
if applying these angles as these are left open to
some interpretation. On my first scan of the race
I came out with two horses that I liked best. They
are not selections yet, simply early impressions.

Preliminary Shortlist

VELOX 12/1


Saturday 3.50

Ante Post Statistics

betfred Cambridgeshire
(Heritage Handicap) (CLASS 2)
1m1f Row

Cornrow 6/1, Educate 10/1, Queensberry Rules 10/1
Extremity 11/1, Homage 12/1, Velox 12/1, Tenor
14/1 Bronze Angel 16/1, Energia Davos 16/1, Forgotten Hero 16/1
NiceofyouTotellme 16/1, Balty Boys 20/1, Bartack 20/1
Gabrial’s Kaka 20/1, Bancnuanaheireann 25/1, Chancery 25/1
Big Johnny D 25/1, Boomshackerlacker 25/1, Buckstay 25/1,
Dance And Dance 25/1, Fort Bastion 25/1,
Genius Boy 25/1, God Willing 25/1, Indian Chief 25/1,
Maverick Wave 25/1, Pacific Heights 25/1, Quick Wit 25/1,
Sound Advice 25/1, Spa’s Dancer 25/1, Spirit Of The Law 25/1
The Rectifier 25/1, Tigers Tale 25/1, Tres Coronas 25/1,
Ingleby Angel 33/1, Yeager 33/1

* The Cambridgeshire is a Handicap over 9f
* No horse has won this with under 5 career starts
* Look at the results of horses that had 1-2-3-4 runs
* 5 30 26 29 18 6 33 16 11 20 28 18 10 22
* 5th and 6th place is the best any achieved

* Horses from 7f or shorter won 4 races
* They all finished 1st or 2nd last time out
* They all had 4 or more runs that season

* Past winners with over 20 career starts are 7-278
* They all had at least 4 runs that season
* None of these were aged 7 or more
* They were all Male
* They all ran within 42 days
* Those beaten 6 + lengths last time out were 0-126
* None had more than 9st 2lbs weight

* Look for a horse from a Grade 1 Track
* The Last 24 winners came from these Grade 1 Tracks
* Ascot (5) Doncaster (7) Goodwood (2)
* Newbury (5) Newmarket (1) Sandown (1) York (3)
* Over 180 horses came from Smaller non Grade 1 tracks
* All 180 of these horses were beaten

* Horses coming from Listed or Group class score badly
* Last years winner did it but none before that in decades

* You want a horse with Class 2 form
* Only 1 winner in the last 23 years lacked Class 2 form
* That was Halling 1994 a 3yo with only 5 previous runs

* Horses aged 3 have a 6-193 record
* These 6 winners had 10 5 12 11 5 5 runs
* They had 4 5 6 8 5 5 races that season
* They were absent 100 65 14 22 44 21 days
* None had form in Listed or Group Races before
* 5 of them had Class 2 form the other Class 3 form
* The 3yo winners won from ratings of 95 90 102 97 107 93
* There were 3 winners unraced as 2yo’s with 5 runs as 3yo’s

* Horses aged 4 have a 9-269 record
* Past 4yo winners had 14 8 7 10 12 5 10 22 20 runs
* Past 4yo winners had 7 6 4 0 5 1 1 9 6 races that season
* Past 4yo winners were absent 35 14 14 342 56 190 84 22 7 days
* 4yo winners came in many different forms
* They did all have Class 2 form
* Only last years winning 4yo had Group Class form
* Before last year 4yo’s with pattern class form were 0-84
* He won by a short head so he only just bust that 0-84 stat
* I’d prefer no Group runs for 4yo’s but it has now been done
* 4yo winners won from ratings of 104 102 99 87 99 92 91 85 84

* Horses aged 5 have a 2-141 record
* They were 0-112 until winning in 2010-2011
* Horses aged 5 that win had 21 and 26 career starts
* They had 5 and 7 runs that season
* They won with absences of 2 and 16 days
* They won from marks of 91 and 87

* Horses aged 6 had a 5-85 record
* Thats the best strike rate of any age
* All 5 finished within 6 lengths of the winner last time
* Past 6yo winners had 23 26 46 13 21 runs
* Past 6yo winners had 4 7 8 8 7 races that season
* Past 6yo winners were absent 42 14 7 13 21 days
* They did all have Class 2 form but no higher though
* 6yo winners won from ratings of 100 95 88 78 92

* Horses aged 7 or more are 1-68 since 1991
* That was back in 1992 and just 1 has won since 1980

* Be wary of last time out winners
* None that ran within 7 weeks have won for a long time
* The last 63 to try since 1996 have been beaten

* Few winners come from any conditions races
* No winner dropped from 12f in the last 23 years
* No winner of this race came from Class 4 or lower
* Female horses won 3 renewals since 1987
* All 3 had between 5-20 runs and aged 4 or more
* They all carried 8st 8lbs or less
* I looked at winners that were absent a month or more
* They tended to have under 15 career starts
* Horses beaten more than 6 lengths last time are awful
* Only 1 of the last 23 winners came here beaten that far

Posted under Major Horse Races

This post was written by Horse Betting Blog on September 26, 2014

Horses To Follow

Get high quality racing advice this Saturday

10 Horses of Interest

Guy introduced a new element to the full member

messages this week.

I guess it is a little bit like a Horses To Follow Style
list based loosely around horses who ran ok from a pretty bad draw.

The core premise of it is that such horses can do better in
future races run on a more level playing field that perhaps as basic assessmentof their poor draw finishing position may lead on to believe.

There is of course a degree of appreciation for such stuff in betting

As such it can help to look at draw bias in a slightly different
stance than is commonly reported to the crowds.

He said to full members:

Draw Statistics are a major part of my daily message.

I don’t know anyone who looks at Draw biases in the

same way as I do and I think it works. It is impossible

to get the Draw right all the time but I think we do it

very well and often find the draw matters in races at

distances and tracks that most people do not realise.

I decided to come up with this list of horses to follow.

I have chosen them purely on the following criteria.

* I can illustrate they had a very bad draw last time

* I watched their last run on video and felt positive


He then went on to list ten horses he had noted

as worth adding to this list.

Below is one of his notes.



* Ran well from Stall 15 at Beverley last time

* Since 2013 there have been 118 Beverley handicaps

* Thats 118 Beverley races at any and every distance

* No horse has won from 13 or higher at Beverley 2013-14

* That is over any distance and not just over 5f

* He was badly disadvantaged from Stall 15 in this race


With Horse To Follow lists I guess there may

be two main style of punter approach.

Those prone to seek mechanical methods

that require little thought may be more likely to

do something like bet each horse for the next X runnings

or until it wins.

Others will treat it just as a reminder of a horse

worthy of scrutiny and consideration in a future race.

Guy I guess would fall into that second camp.

He is not going to Account Bet something

just because it ran ok from a poor draw last time

and act blind to other key factors of form, other runners

and with zero consideration to the concept of value odds.

As it happens Proclamationofwar is running this evening (
Friday )

It is the first of his Ten Horse list to have a live run.

He covered the race in his Profiles and Previews section.

Profiles and Previews I guess you can consider as extra analysis
and viewpoint for races he examines while looking for firmer strong advices
for either his Optional Account of Full Account tips.

It is not uncommon for him to research and write five or six
several races daily yet find not one horse worth a proper bet.

His is a totally different thought train to the average
mug punter who more so says..”I am going to bet in this race..which horse will it be?”

I have copied that Profile & Preview piece below for


Musselburgh 8.40

Racing Posts Odds

6/4 Twin Appeal, 7/2 Beautiful Stranger, 6/1 Cahal

10/1 China In My Hands, 10/1 Miss Acclaimed, 10/1 Mitcd

10/1 Proclamationofwar, Torridon, 20/1 Lomond Lassie

33/1 Connexion Francais.

I sent a list recently of “10 horses of interest”
that had

recently run well from bad draws. The first of these is

running in this race. PROCLAMATIONOFWAR is on the

list so I need to mention him. He has been gambled.

Statistically he is quite weak though. I liked his race

over 5f at Beverley but he moves up to 7f today. In all

similar races Male horses going from 5f to 7f are 0-40

in similar races and I don’t like his profile. I will leave

it up to you but I couldn’t select him. Perhaps the split

stake is best with TWIN APPEAL having a good profile.

* Horses coming from 7f handicaps

* Running within 3 weeks

* 4 career starts

* 2 runs this season

* Starting under 10/1

* Beaten last time

* 4 horses had this profile finishing 2 W 4 W

* TWIN APPEAL has this profile

I don’t really want to bet TWIN APPEAL at the price

PROCLAMATIONOFWAR my draw horse is unsafe statistically

Maybe the compromise is a split stake bet


TWIN APPEAL to win 6/4


Anyhow I just wanted let you know about this new angle on
the full service.

You may see future reference to it in Saturday Day Pass messages.

It could perhaps be notes on a new horse added to the list
or info about a past addition running that day.

If so at least now you have a fair idea of what it is all

Best Wishes


Site Admin


NB If you want in for Guy’s Saturday Analysis here is the

Note the 12 noon cut off point.

( this pos was originally sent by email friday evening )

Posted under horse racing tips

This post was written by Horse Betting Blog on May 24, 2014