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Honing handicapping skills - jack of all trades master of none?

Graeme

Dam
Hi all

As I have stated elsewhere I am quite new to racing and betting in general. So my decision process goes something like this:

Is the horse odds in excess of 33/1 if so is there any redeeming stat in their form that could still make it of interest – poor form at 5 furlongs while family tree specialised at 8 – held back for rating then upped In trip etc etc.

Anything under 33/1 I will assess form and look for all/any anomalies in class distance going etc etc to decide if the horse has been fairly treated and in with a good chance of an upset. (over simplified but hopefully to get the jist). I have a lot to learn about this, but it also occurs to me that I am spreading my net too wide. In other words I will try to assess any race that I happen to see and have time to look at. Many I discard because I just can’t decide or are just too competitive to read, and in some I will have a stand out candidate.

My question is this, either by way of experience, or if you had your time again and thought to limit the type of race to “practice on” and hone your skills, what would it be and why – would you limit by class, age, course or any other factor? (appreciate of course one mans meat another mans poison so ultimately it will be my choice)

Thanks for any ideas you may have

Graeme
 

Boots

Mare
Hi @ Graeme welcome to the forum.

If I had my time again I would of got into the VDW thing a lot sooner. It might not suit everyone but within the basic elements there is a wealth of knowledge that can be used in different ways. There are many other ways of trying to find those winners such as use of the draw, speed ratings, and basically any sort of rating you can come up with, these are always the best because they are unique to you.

I certainly wouldn't suggest that you limit your interest in any way unless you find an area you want to specialize in. There is so much racing now that you will find your life restricting what you do as much as anything else.
 

Graeme

Dam
Hi @ Graeme welcome to the forum.

If I had my time again I would of got into the VDW thing a lot sooner. There is so much racing now that you will find your life restricting what you do as much as anything else.
Boots Boots Thanks and so very true! Life can be a bitch lol - VDW is next on my list for research so will be interesting to see what I make of it
 

Boots

Mare
Graeme Graeme

I noticed that you have some knowledge of trading, if you were successful at that I would surmise that you might find VDW very dry. I would suggest that you keep at it though until you have an understanding of it's workings.
 
Hi Boots!

Nice to see someone else interested in VDW, I still enjoy re-reading the books.

Bobajobber Bobajobber did a great blog on VDW and his workings,@ Chesham and mtoto mtoto have also made very good VDW posts, and of course hedgehog hedgehog continues to find the winners with his blog.

So plenty to look at Graeme!

Take care
Paul.
 

Graeme

Dam
Bobajobber Bobajobber did a great blog on VDW and his workings,@ Chesham and mtoto mtoto have also made very good VDW posts, and of course hedgehog hedgehog continues to find the winners with his blog.

So plenty to look at Graeme!
Hi formtheory formtheory aka Paul

Funnily enough I am mid reading everything in the VDW section - and enjoying some of your very own posts in the back to basics thread - still tons to go but really enjoying it so far!

Cheers

Graeme
 
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