Most Aussie punters focus on NSW and Victorian racing, but will still have a bet anywhere in the country. A winner is a winner after all.
Well we reckon there’s plenty to like about Western Australian racing and here are five good reasons in no particular order.
(1) Predictable tracks
There are just two metropolitan tracks in Perth. It’s basically Belmont in the winter and spring.
And Ascot in the summer and autumn.
That makes it much easier for the casual punter to follow the form. You don’t have to allow for markedly different tracks, like lining up Flemington form when looking at a Moonee Valley card for example.
There are fewer provincial tracks in WA as well, and some of those are situated relatively close to each other. For example in the south-west, Albany and Mt Barker are only a half hour apart so they tend to attract similar horses. Then you have a track like Kalgoorlie which is so far from other tracks, it tends to have its own small pool of horses racing there regularly.
Track bias is also much less of an issue in WA racing compared to its eastern states counterparts. The obvious reason for that is the drier climate.
(2) Reliable form
So we have fewer tracks, firmer conditions and a smaller pool of horses. That tends to make the form more predictable and that’s how it turned out for the last racing season.
There were just under 2000 WA races in the 2016/17 season and favourites won just under a third of them.
Two thirds of races were won by horses who were in the top 3 in the market. Those horses lost just 5% on turnover at best tote prices, so there isn’t a massive edge to beat if you can get a good handle on the form of the main fancies.
Three WA trainers with more than 200 starters last season made a profit for punters: Daniel Morton, Vaughn Sigley and the partnership of Geoff Durrant and Jason Miller.
On the flipside, there were a few high profile trainers who were seriously overbet: Fred Kersley, Justin Warwick, Neville Parnham, Peter Fernie and Steve Wolfe.
All of these jockeys had more than 300 rides last season and you would have made a profit backing them every time: Craig Staples, Fiona Bell, Glenn Smith, Kate Witten, Matthieu Autier and Shaun Mcgruddy.
Just like the trainers, there were a number of jockeys over-rated by punters to the point where they lost at a much greater rate than the average. Those hoops include Chris Parnham, Jerry Noske, Natasha Faithfull, Pat Carberry and Steven Parnham.
Willie Pike rode plenty of winners, but his success was well and truly factored into the prices on offer. There was no profitable edge by just blindly following all of his mounts.
(5) Perfect timing
The later starts means there is time to do the form in the morning, get your bets on at lunchtime and then hopefully watch a few winners in the afternoon.
And you always have the ‘get out stakes’. The east coast racing may be finished for the day, but there’s always a chance to blast out in the West. By no means do we recommend chasing, but it’s good to know there are still some good betting opportunities if you’ve done the form or subscribed to a proven tipping service.