Racing Longshots Is It Possible To Be A Winner?

Why would any person in their right mind bet on horse racing longshots? Would they really be expecting to win or would they just be doing it for fun, or perhaps some other reason?

Looking in to the world of longshots and the punters it attracts, it would seem there would be a distinct difference in mind set, compared to the bettor whose mission is to identify the favorites of any given race. A lot of preparation is required when trying to find a favorite. There are numerous things to consider and to take into account and a thorough analysis is necessary if one is to come even close to being successful.

Form and fitness would be key elements for favorite selections, also track conditions, will the going be soft or hard for example and will it suit the horse? There is also the jockey to be considered, different horses react differently sometimes to whose riding them, and as a result sometimes the outcome of the race is not as expected, with the horse's temperament altered to a lesser or greater degree.

Gamblers who bet on longshots basically fall in to different categories, starting with those who believe that they have a lucky number.

This group of gamblers, will pick their solitary favorite number and will go through the whole card backing the horse tied to their lucky number of 7 or whatever it may be, believing that destiny will take control of the outcome to their advantage. No research is required for this, nor will they consider the odds. Their selection could be an odds on favorite, or one of the longshots on offer. Regardless, with such a strategy, they very rarely win a single race.

Another fanciful way of trying to find a winner, can be seen in the U.K.'s Grand National event which is run every year. Women who otherwise never bet amazingly get caught up in all its TV hype and press coverage and will have a "flutter" on two or three horses based entirely on their intuition, which is normally down to how much they are attracted to the horse's name.

This group is similar to those who constantly back long priced horses so when they eventually do hit the jackpot, they can brag to the guys in the bar about their winnings. Interestingly enough, little attention will be drawn to their accumulative daily losses.

Stable hands and horse owners are the ones in the know with their inside knowledge. Such information is premium and would be more consistent by far. Finding a reliable source is not so easy but might be the best way in an endeavour to pick a long priced winner that said nothing in life is guaranteed, that's why it's gambling.