SA racing tips
Before I start blowing the trumpet for South Australian racing I should declare I’m a born and bred local owner and punter in the region.
I think with Racing.com bringing free to air vision into every house in Australia this will only increase SA’s exposure and hopefully betting pools. I hope that with a little help from this article South Australia may become a location that would suit your punting, even if you have never looked at this region before.
The positives about betting in SA
The big one for me personally is the limited amount of meetings and small pool of horses that need to be covered to be across the form. A standard week in South Australian racing is a Saturday and Wednesday so this means around 16 races for the week need to be reviewed and examined when doing the form. This means you can get forensic with the form, watch multiple replays and really get to know the horses inside out. That is something that Aaron Barby spoke about when I had a chat with him for the Betting 360 Podcast. His SA racing tips are excellent by the way.
This is also a really big plus for the time poor punter, you can now concentrate on a small selected area without feeling stretched when covering meetings interstate.
There is also an advantage in knowing the SA runners back to front when they travel to Victoria to race. Who can forget 2014 when Phillip Stokes trained 4 winners through Cup week and Paul Beshara won the Mackinnon on Derby Day? Or the outstanding success trainers had when travelling to Moonee Valley for the Friday night meetings over last summer? It seemed like a Friday night didn’t go by without a South Australian trained runner winning at an each way price.
Simpler form lines
With the smaller pool of horses you can get a lot more form lines that cross-over and have multiple runners come from the same previous race. Unlike interstate races where the majority come from different events, making it all that much harder to line up the form.
Another positive aspect is the weather. SA is the driest state in the driest continent which has its positives for punting on horses. Compared to our eastern state friends, we would have less rain impacted tracks so you can feel more positive about track conditions when doing the form days out from the race.
Trainers and jockeys
Who are the trainers/jockeys we should follow?
Like most states the horses trained on the track always have an advantage and most courses have their own quirks, so the horses trained there tend to handle them better. It’s hard to beat the local Port Lincoln trainers when racing there and the same goes for horses trained out of Murray Bridge when they race at their home track.
In the Metropolitan area following trainers like Phillip Stokes, Tony McEvoy and Leon Macdonald/Andrew Gluyas will play the strongest hand, however the state has exceptional young training talent. Will Clarken with his 20% winning strike rate is nothing short of outstanding and along with Lloyd Kennewell and Ryan Balfour show the states training ranks are in good hands.
In the jockey ranks female riders tend to shine. Following riders like Jamie Kah, Clare Lindop and Emily Finnegan won’t see you out of the collect line for long.
The trickiest part of the form is lining up the interstate runners that travel to SA. It’s been a long-time happy hunting ground for Victorian jockeys and trainers to come over and try their hand. The market usually respects the Victorian runners so they do take up a chunk of the percentage in the market. However if you know the form of the SA runners then you can make that large percentage work to your favour.
Of course I am biased, however I believe the SA racing landscape caters well for you whether you’re a beginner punter or much more experienced. So hopefully having read this article you’re now a little keener to bet on South Australian racing. The limited meetings and horses in the state will have you feeling that you are on top of all the form very quickly.