Published on June 11th, 2013 | by Mike Bell10
How To Profit From Claiming Races This Flat Season
Claiming races. They’re like Sellers, but usually marginally better in terms of quality, and the rules are different. In a claiming race the trainer is allowed to set the price that’s he’s willing to sell the horse for and the higher the price he chooses, the higher the weight the horse will carry in the race.
What this means is that the trainer effectively handicaps his own horse. If the cap for the claiming price is £10,000 and the trainer decides that he won’t sell for less than that, then his horse will carry top-weight in the race. And if he wants to drop the weight that the horse carries he’s got no choice but to drop the claiming price. That’s essentially how claiming races, or Claimers, in the UK, work.
So, how do you make money out of Claiming races?
Simple. You back the best horse in the race.
Funny, huh? Like you didn’t think of that already, but it’s actually very profitable to concentrate on the horse with the highest Official Rating (OR) in Claimers. I’ve been following this for years now and every year it’s made a good few quid for me, as you can see from the results below…
Here are the results for the last five full years and this season so far:
Now, I know that you’re going to look at that report and think “but it’s made a loss this year!”. Which is absolutely correct, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t correct itself as the current season goes on and personally I’d take that as an indication of “now is the time to get stuck right in!”. Another thing you need to consider is that we’re looking at SP stats and you could definitely do better with BOG these days!
I think this is quite a cool little system and here are the rules you need to use:
- Favourites only.
- UK Claiming races, flat or all-weather.
- The horse must have the highest OR in the race.
- Even money or better (you don’t want to bet odds-on in Claimers)
And that’s it. No fancy staking plans, no silly rules, just plain old commonsense stuff that you can take away and start using this week. But you don’t even need to look for the selections yourself, because I’ll be posting them every day from now on in the Daily Race Stats section on the website. The only thing you need to do yourself is visit RacingDatabase every day to get the selections. It’s as easy as that!
Oh yeah, and while I’m here, I want to tell you about something else that I think, quite confidently, will absolutely blow you away. I’ve had this guy sending me his bets every day for the last 3-4 months – he just contacted me through the site one day and asked me to take a look at it – and I’ve honestly never seen anything quite like this in my life. The most I’ve seen him lose on a single race has been less than £10, but I’ve seen him making £200-£300 on individual races, and £2k to £3k a month, sometimes more, and his success rate with this is absolutely wicked. It’s practically a no-lose strategy too.
I’ll fill you in about it in the next couple of days. I’m going to test it live on the site, so you’ll be able to see for yourself how damn good it is. I’m totally sold on this method and I think when you see it action you will be too. It’s incredible, really. I’ll try to get moving with it tomorrow. Stay tuned…