Betting can sometimes rely heavily on experience, especially when it comes to the grand national 2013. Whilst betting on horses is fun, it can prove difficult at first if you don’t know what you’re doing. Preparation helps, so the more you know about the event and its participants, the more you will be rewarded.
Know what to look for. Although ultimately the race depends a lot on the horse, a lot also rests on the right jockey or the right trainer. Many horses have great potential to win, but without being steered in the right direction they have little chance.

It is good to make a checklist of all the factors that could affect your horse’s performance on the track.

Here is a list of some of the other factors:

• Distance: Over a similar distance, how have the horses performed? Did one stand out more than the others?

• Present Form: How are the horses fitness levels at present? Have they recently had any injuries, big or small?

• Consistency: How high does the horse usually place in other competitions?

• Weight: Horses generally shouldn’t be carrying any more than 59kg. It’s best to opt for a medium weight.
It is also good to look for some of the different types of bets available; some may offer better odds than others:

• Straight bets: Quite simply a ‘win’ (which horse will win the race), ‘place’ bet (a horse must place first or second) and ‘show’ (horse must place the top three)

• Exacta: To pick which horses will win first and second place, but this must be chosen in the correct order.

• Running Double: Picking the winners of a two races that follow one another.

These are just a few examples, but don’t forget to make the most out of your bet by choosing the best company to place a bet with. This requires research too (perhaps not so extensively) but makes this easier by providing a list of the best places to go to for the day.

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