What is point-to-point racing?

What is point-to-point racing?  Point-to-point racing is essentially grassroots steeplechasing for amateur jockeys and trainers. Point-to-point race days are organised at a local level by a hunt, or a recognised club or association, and staged on a variety of racecourses, approved, but not licensed, by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). Jockeys riding in point-to-point racing must be members of, or subscribers to, a recognised hunt and horses qualify by virtue of being owned by members or subscribers and having a registered ‘hunter certificate’.

Traditionally, point-to-point meetings are staged February and May, which corresponded to the period outside the main fox hunting season, in the days before it became illegal to hunt foxes with packs of dogs in Britain. A meeting typically consists of six or seven steeplechases, the vast majority of which are run over a distance of three miles and a minimum of 18 brush fences, although shorter and longer distances are possible, depending upon the specific type of point-to-point race being contested. All point-to-point courses have basic facilities, including a bar and toilets, but there is no dress code and, overall, the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and informal.

What is a Yankee Bet?

What is a Yankee Bet?  The Yankee is a common bet for most punters. If you haven’t chanced your arm betting on one, you’ve probably heard about it.

So what’s a Yankee?

Firstly, it has nothing to do with someone who lives in the United States of America. At least, I don’t think so. Not even a gambling man with a penchant for poker and trifecta (whatever that is!).

A Yankee bet consists of 11 equal value bets on four selections: six doubles, four trebles and one four-fold accumulator.

You can have a straight win Yankee or do it each-way (which covers the place too) that costs double the price.

A £1 straight win Yankee costs £11.

For example, if you got very lucky and bet on four selections at the following odds: 2/1, 3/1, 7/1 & 10/1.

You would win £2,133 (including your £11 stake). Nice work, hey.

If you backed four even money favourites you’d show a total profit of £61 to £1.

Other multi bets include: Lucky 15, Canadian, Heinz, Super Heinz, Goliath. In fact, multi bets allow you to select up to 25 different individual bets into one bet.

These are often employed by gamblers who follow football where the odds on individual matches are often short. Multi bets are a popular for the simple reason a gambler can stake a small amount of money with the hope of winning several hundred pounds if not thousands.

I always remember my Dad, while on holiday at Great Yarmouth, cheering home the last of his four winners in an each-way Yankee.

He won over £700.

What does wind surgery on a racehorse involve?

What does wind surgery on a racehorse involve?  Since January 19, 2018, racehorse trainers in Britain have been required to declare when any horse in their yard, which has previously raced, has undergone any form of wind surgery. For the sake of simplicity, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) does not require the type of wind surgery to be made public, so any horse having its first or second run since a procedure to improve the function of its upper airway is denoted by the small letter ‘w’ next to its name on the racecard.

Wind surgery can be a confusing subject to anyone other than a qualified veterinary surgeon, but the BHA rule is specifically intended to cover epiglottic surgery, tie back, tie forward and hobdaying operations and soft palate cautery. Epiglottic surgery may be required to correct a condition known as epiglottic entrapment, when structures in the larynx, or voice box, become abnormal and create breathing difficulties. Likewise, a hobday, or tie back, procedure involves removing the left vocal cord, or permanently suturing it, to prevent obstruction of the airway.

A tie forward procedure, on the other hand, pulls the larynx upwards and forwards, so that it prevents displacement of the soft tissue at the back of the mouth, a.k.a. the ‘soft palate’; soft palate cautery, as the name suggests, involves burning the surface of the tissue to stiffen it, so that it does not become unstable during strenuous exercise.

Is a Four-Fold Each-Way Accumulator a Good Bet?

Is a Four-Fold Each-Way Accumulator a Good Bet?  There are many types of multi bets from the simple to truly extravagant. The most basic could be a win treble consisting of 3 selections while a Super Heinz has 7 and an amazing 120 bets with 21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 four-folds, 21 five-folds, 7 six-folds and one 7 horse accumulator.

There is literally something for everyone.

These types of bets are the bread and butter of bookmakers and those who wager are sometimes called mug punters.

It’s worth noting that even professional gambler Jack Ramsden made use of this bet type winning hundreds of thousands.

The pro side of any accumulator is that you can win a large sum of money for small change.

Stories of a lucky punters winning six-figure payouts come from such bets. Who could forget back in 1996 when Frankie Dettori rode seven winners going through the card at Ascot. In fact, the odds of that accumulator were 25,051/1.

A bet of £40 would have won over £1M.

The downside is that most punters lose.

The trouble with multi bets is that one loser means your bet is almost obliterated. For example, a Canadian bet consisting of 5 selections and 26 bets would result in 15 bets going astray with a solitary loser.

This point really shows the difficulty of winning with these bets.

The paradox of multi bets is they give the illusion you have more chance of winning. Giving the impression you can afford to make a risky selection. In truth, you simply cannot afford one loser. Trying to pick 4 winning favourites is hard work let alone a the rag (outsider).

How often have you including one big-priced selection to achieve that elusive big win?

In my opinion, a four-fold each-way accumulator is a bet that gives you the chance of winning big but also has an aspect of safety involved, which is no bad thing when you consider the implications of one loss with an exotic wagers.

With the four-fold accumulator you need only to have your horses placed to get your stake money back if not win a few quid. It’s true such bets are all or nothing and the win side of the bet you need all four to make the big cash. However, you always have the option of laying off some of the potential win if you have three winners and fearful the last selection will fall short.

From experience, I would suggest you just bite the bullet and let them run and go for gold.

My advice for making multi bets pay is to only bet when you are confident you have very strong selections. A weak link will see your betting slip crash and burn. Safety first are the keywords to see a return on your stake.

It’s been 25-years since one lucky punter won £500,000 on Frankie Dettori’s Magnificent Seven and you could well be waiting another quarter of a century for the next to happen.

Don’t push your luck too far.

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