Harness Racing

Harness Racing Betting In Australia

There are 91 Harness Racing Tracks in Australia.  These tracks host in excess of 1 900 meetings per year.  The various races involve thousands of drivers, horses and trainers.  Race meets are often held at night.  Friday and Saturday nights are favourites.

Harness Racing in Australia has been around since 1810, when the first Harness Racing trotting event was hosted in New South Wales.  The first event held for both trotters and pacers was held in 1860 in Victoria.  In 1882, Australia’s first official Harness Racing track was built in Melbourne.  The New South Wales Trotting Club was established in 1902, thereby also formalising Harness Racing.

Since then, many hours of enjoyment have been spent next to Harness Racing tracks by spectators from all over the world, many keen to place a winning bet.

Formulating A Win

The ideal would be to have the complete A – Z of Harness Racing typed out; clear and understandable to all who read it.  This is the ideal, but regrettably, it’s not all that simple.  In order to bet successfully on Harness Racing, it’s very important to observe and make your own deductions based on your observations.

Over and above close observation, there are a few facts that remain constant truths.  Perhaps first and foremost is the fact that its vital to realise that horses are animals.  Like humans, they are either fit or unfit, and they too, become tired at times.  Always look at a horse’s current track record.  Any horse with a winning track record at the particular track where it’s about to race, will have a definite advantage.  The opposite is regrettably also true.  The first time at a particular track, or a failed record at a particular track, comes with a disadvantage.  Any horse can outdo itself, but this is not the norm.

Fitness is basic, but all-important.  The further away in time a horse’s last race, the better the chances are that it is not completely race fit, and will have to run a couple of races in order to become race fit once again.

Horses with a record of at least 3 wins for every 10 starts, are mostly solid when looking at tote betting online options.

The Draw And The Start

It is often said that a race is often won or lost at the start.  This is very true when it comes to Harness Racing.  During previous years, standing starts were utilised to get the horses moving.  This easily led to a horse breaking into a gallop, instead of a trot.  Nowadays, the norm is mobile starts.  This considerably minimises the likelihood of a horse falling out of rhythm.

Considering that a horse is led to the side of the track whenever it breaks stride, this can really make or break a win.  This is why it’s important to choose a track making use of mobile starts.

Other than a solid track record and a good start, it really is simply a matter of a little bit of strategy and luck, and a lot of cheer.

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