WOODBINE HOSTS AUSTRALIA
It's the racing capital of the world . . .
. . . with Woodbine-style wagering and programs as easy to read as 1-2-3
Australians love their races (Flemington Park)
Are you playing races from Australia? Did you know it’s the horse-wagering capital of the world? The facts speak for themselves: There are 360 registered thoroughbred tracks in a country with one-third fewer people than Canada.
Fortunately for us, Woodbine has chosen to host races from this racing-crazed place every night of the week and offers its highly popular 20-cent pick-3s, pick-4 and superfecta wagers.
The only thing that could leave you a bit baffled is the program since it’s not like the Daily Racing Form. But, never fear . . .
READING A PAST PERFORMANCE LINE IS EASY AS 1-2-3
- COURSE: There are three levels of courses in Australia: M (metro); P (provincial) and C (country). An M track is equivalent to Santa Anita, P is similar to Fair Grounds, C is the course level of Penn National. Look for horses dropping to an easier course.
- CLASS: That tells you the purse values (e.g. $150K) the horse has raced for. Horses dropping down in purse value are generally solid contenders.
- FP (FINISH POSITION): That tells you where the horse finished in previous races, obviously a very important consideration.
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Why you have a betting edge
Pools are fattened with "dumb money"
You’re betting into pools being fattened by players throughout North America who may be betting the races as a sideline to their socializing activities. Many likely don’t even have a program which are different from North American ones.
Consider their bets pot-builders for shrewd players like YOU. What you are doing is called legalized pick-pocketing.
Another reason to enjoy Australia this time of the year is the escape from the weather. Winter in the Northern Hemisphere means summer Down Under. So you vicariously get to revel in short-sleeve weather while the snow swirls outside. When winter begins on Dec. 21, summer is beginning in Australia.
MY FAVOURITE PLAY: 5f sprints. I look for horses that are dropping in class after showing speed in tougher races.
AUSTRALIA STARTS AT ABOUT 8 PM AND RUNS UNTIL CLOSING (2 AM)