Horseracing Punter resources
We've gathered together in one convenient place a whole host of reference material that we all need as punters from time to time. We've tried to cover the more useful stuff you might want such as form sites, podcasts, videos and calculators and combined it with some drier but necessary stuff like going stick, rule 4, fixtures and stewards reports.
We are going to be continually adding to this page so if you there's something you'd like to see that's useful for everyone and it's not on here... drop us a quick line using the comments at the bottom of this page and we'll look into adding it.
The team at Cleeve
A pretty obvious one to start with. We use Oddschecker to check prices across the board and also to see who has extra place promotions. But the 'my bets' is also a useful tool if you're having a multiple and want to see which bookie is giving you the best odds... we did a video that shows you how this works.
For a free racing site, it's hard to beat the Sporting Life. We use the racecards a lot but the most important function for us is the race video replays to watch races when looking at previous form.
If you click on 'full results' click and find the race result you are looking for, you'll find the race replay at the bottom of the page. You'll need to have a Skybet account but don't have to have a balance or place a bet (the reason being that Skybet and the Sporting Life are in the same ownership).
Geegeez is a must have resource for any serious punter. Our good friend Matt Bisogno has done a sterling job on revolutionising racecards and form analysis with Goldcard that gives a more complete form analysis than anyone else.
ATR for my money is probably the best of the big sites, dedicated to racing and featuring a load of useful functions... horse tracker, race replays, racecards and loads more.
This is mixed with fantastic punter education from some of the smartest people on the block including Hugh Taylor, Simon Rowlands, Andy Holding, Kevin Blake et al.
It's free to signup for so if you're not signed up, do it now!
Racing TV has plenty to offer racing punters even if you don't have a subscription. If you go to the 'On-Demand' page there is a fantastic selection of videos... Features, interviews with top trainers and jockeys, big race analysis and the always entertaining and informative 'Luck on Sunday... in fact rather than going on about it why don't you have a look.
They also make some good offers, we signed up and get all the live racing for a tenner a month!
We love the Final Furlong... Every week Emmet Kennedy has regular expert contributors like Rory Delargy, Andrew Mount, Kate Tracey and the first lady of racing Vanessa Binnie-Ryle along with special guests like Jamie Codd and Harry Derham to analyse the upcoming racing and dissect some of the big racing questions of the day... very funny, very insightful.... the best racing podcast around, bar none!
Pete Ling produces The Smart Betting Club... a monthly online publication that is one of the most important sources of information for the more serious punter. Very in-depth reviews of every reputable tipster out there that dig deep into every important aspect of the profit performance and give you clear indicators to tell you whether it's worth you considering and investing in.
This is an easy-to-use bet calculator that will work out your returns with win, each way, quarter or fifth odds etc. Whether it's a Lucky 15 or a Super Goliath you'll know in seconds. And if you don't know what a Super Goliath is there also an explanation of every exotic permutation bet you can imagine.
It can pay dividends to back more than one horse in a race, Cleeve often plays two in the big handicaps and sometimes it makes sense to back two, or even three horses win only instead of going each way.
This dutching calculator takes all the maths out of it and quickly tells you how much you need to place on each selection at the odds to win a fixed amount should any of them win.
There's nothing worse than your horse landing the odds but knowing there was a withdrawal down at the start before they went in the stalls (didn't come under orders). You know your winnings are subject to a rule 4 but how much... if you've backed your horse antepost or on the exchanges are you still subject to a deduction?
How firm is firm... how soft is soft? Don't ask the wife, read the Racing Post's comprehensive guide to everything you need to know. Different courses will have very different readings for the same going description so this knowledge helps you when you need/need to avoid horses that want extremes of going.
This is also a very useful resource... ever backed a horse that has performed way under any of your reasonable expectations? I know we have. Have a look to see if the Stewards called connections in, did the racecourse vet find a reason, can I put a line through the form or should I treat the horse with a bit of caution in the future?
Does exactly what it says on the tin... especially useful when the forecast is uncertain and going changes can happen, throwing form choices out of the window. Don't look out of your window, get accurate local up to the minute information,