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Punting pointers from the tip-top ratings trio.

Simon Turner

lHave a method, be it speed ratings, handicapping or whatever, and put in as much work as you can. If you have the time, Raceform Interactive will help you log all your work and become more efficient.

lRemain level-headed.

lTry to recognise a pattern of form rather than simply relying on the last few outings.

lLearn to read a race before it happens. Knowing how a race will be run can help you find the winner.

lBe careful on extremes of going.

lBe prepared to forgive a horse one poor run.

lConsider each-way multiples with a view to getting horses placed.

lBe selective - the bookies have to price up every race, but you don't have to bet in all of them.

lGet a life.

lWatch as much racing as you can.

Paul Curtis

lConsistency of approach is all-important. Don't be panicked into changing when things are going badly.

lIf you narrow a race down to two horses, don't be afraid to go for the bigger price.

lAlways look for value. A good strike-rate at short prices can cost you money.

lOn the Flat in particular, concentrate on good handicaps in which you know the form and the horses are decent class.

lCourse-and-distance form is key, especially on the all-weather circuits. Below-par runs on unsuitable courses will lead to a bigger price back on the right track.

lSetting yourself a minimum price is a good idea. We have most success between 9-4 and 9-2.

lTry to specialise. There's too much racing and you can't keep on top of it all.

lWatch as much racing as you can.

Steve Mason

lIdentify races in which the form is strong and likely to work out well. Racecheck in the Racing Post will help.

lRecent form that is likely to be repeated is very important. Good ratings may not be relevant if they are old or were earned under different conditions.

lTreat Lingfield's Polytrack with caution. It lends itself to slowly run races and unreliable form.

lWatch for horses who have shown improved form under another code.

lLook for patterns in a horse's form that may be repeated.

lBe careful of horses being raised in class.

lIgnore `talking' horses.

lDon't be frightened to admit you were wrong or change your mind.

lWatch as much racing as you can.
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Date:Jan 15, 2004
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