Earlier this week I wrote a review of Nick Mordin’s Winning Without Thinking. While I was re-reading the book to write the review there was a section on betting the draw and a strategy that he used. I thought that it would be a good idea to re-analyse this strategy and look at how we might be able to use the draw as a profitable strategy today.
While there are definite biases in the draw at certain courses over particular race distances, most punters know about them. This means that by betting them you won’t make a profit because the odds have already accounted for these biases.
What Nick suggested was that you look at short sprint races and find out where there are biases towards the outer draws and then find runners that win from being drawn shorter. He then outlined which of these runners he would bet on.
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, his method no longer works as he wrote it. I have done some analysis and found that we can resurrect this method and still use it to find profitable selections.
There are a few rules that we need to adhere to in order to find selections:
- Only look at races 6 furlongs or less
- Only look at races with 16 or more runners
- Only use the courses Beverly, Catterick, Folkestone, Goodwood, Lingfield, Nottingham, Warwick and Windsor
- Only look at runners that are drawn from stall 10 or lower
We are looking at the tracks above because these are where there is a strong indication of bias in the outer draws for the races that we are focussing on.
When you see this race type you will obviously find 10 runners in each race to look at in more detail. There is no way of getting around manual analysis for the next part of the strategy, it is time to delve into each horses form and look for some pointers.
You will be able to throw out a number of the runners straight away, we are looking for only those horses that have won a race on the same course before. This will seriously reduce your qualifiers.
If there are any qualifiers left then it will most likely be just one horse, possibly two in a race (this is not a strategy that is going to give a large amount of bets). Ideally we now want to go and look at the video footage of the race and see if our selection came from the back/middle of the field to take the lead and hold it comfortably before winning. If you don’t have this then you will want to look at the in-running comments for the race. We are looking for evidence that this horse made nearly all or led the race. Such comments may include ‘led over …….’ and ‘…made most….’ Of course there will be other comments that also indicate that this horse came from the back/middle of the field and made all or nearly all to win the race.
These horses are those that like front-running and usually are racing in a lower class than they should be. It is important to check that they have not run in more than 10 races since they first won under the conditions above. If they have run five or less races then I would suggest placing a full unit stake on the runner, if they have raced between 6 and 10 races then I would most likely reduce this to half a unit.
Any more than 10 races and it is likely that they may no longer be performing at the same level because they would have been moved up in class significantly enough and after this amount of races the majority of punters will have noticed that these are class horses capable of winning races.
The profits available from this strategy also show why it is a good reason to go back through old books, articles and similar because there are sometimes ideas that although no longer work in their original format only require a few tweaks in order to be able to turn a profit. This strategy is an example of basic pattern finding, a topic that I shall look at in more detail in future articles.