Winx The Autumn Sun hall of fame, best jockeys

While you might think it would be profitable to follow the best jockeys, blindly backing all of their mounts will still have you end up a loser.

That’s because the best jockeys are too popular. All of their mounts start at a shorter price than if they were being ridden by J Bloggs. You might back plenty of winners, but their odds won’t be good enough for you to show a profit. The best jockey’s records are factored into the prices.

In fact, some bookies say that if a horse is a likely $2.50 chance if ridden by a low-profile jockey, it could start as short as odds-on with one of the best jockeys on board.

If you want to make money on the best jockeys then you need to pick your races. Consider some of the following:

Distance specialists

The ability to judge the pace of a race is particularly relevant in staying races, so be aware of the best jockeys at 2000m or more. For example, Glen Boss’ record on stayers is far superior to sprinters.

Jockey upgrades

Look for horses who were ridden by a mediocre jockey at previous start/s, and then have one of the best jockeys jumping on board today. Damien Oliver replacing an apprentice and riding a horse for the first time today is more of a positive than Ollie just retaining the ride.

Trainer / jockey combinations

Instead of looking at the best jockeys in isolation, make sure you research the strike-rates and profitability of trainer and jockey combinations. You’ll unearth some interesting numbers.

Course specialists

Each track has its own nuances. Knowing which of the best jockeys tend to out-perform the market at each track can be very beneficial.

Big race jockeys

Some jockeys thrive on the big occasion and the pressure-cooker atmosphere that is Group 1 racing. Others struggle in the limelight, the same as in all sports.

Horse specialists

Some horses simply go better for a certain jockey. When doing the form, look at whether today’s jockey has ridden the horse in its best performances.

Best jockeys on wet tracks

Jockeys’ relative skills come to the fore when the track is wet. Stick with the best-performing hoops on slow and heavy tracks.

Pro-punter Cameron O'Brien knows how to find value winners at big prices. He's done it time and time again for his Key Bets members. They get all of Cameron's tips from right across Australia, including stake, recommended price and runner comments.

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