Harness racing is one of the most popular horse racing events not just in Australia but also around the world. For this reason, harness racing results wagers are also big business. In Australia in particular, the strong regulatory framework around sports betting has further enhanced this and the part of the cash received from wagers flows back to the sport. Furthermore, harness race results are often well publicized so you can follow your favorite horse from anywhere you are as long as you have access to live television, radio or the internet.
Harness racing is a special type of horse racing where the horses race in a specified gait. They normally pull two-wheeled chariots called sulkies. The jockey/driver in this case rides on the cart as opposed to thoroughbred racing where the jockey is on the horse’s back.
Pacing races is a great determinant of harness race results. Pacing actually constitutes 80% to 90% of harness races. One thing that is distinct about harness racing is that in Australia, it is mostly performed at night. This is to protect the horses and riders from the glare of the sunshine. It also helps avoid the searing heat that parts of Australia are sometimes famous known for.
The range of the tracks measures from 700 to 1000 meters. It is worth noting that the harness racing industry in Australia is financially stable, going by the audited financial reports presented by Harness Racing Australia (HRA) organization.
As with any other horseracing or sports event for that matter, harness race results are determined by the skill, fitness, age and experience of each horses and rider. It is important as a harness race results punter to know all the determinant factors in winning in harness racing. Therefore, one must know that Harness Racing Australia (HRA), the administrative body that controls and governs harness racing in Australia, groups the horses competing in any particular track event according to gait, track size, age and sex.
When placing a wager on a horse, a punter should know the horse’s history first. What is the horse’s pedigree? There are certain horse breeders and stables that are known to breed a good count of winners. Get to identify these breeders and stables. Once you do this, get to know the age of the horse. Next thing you need to zero in on is the horse’s rider. Jockeys are key determinants of harness race results since unlike thoroughbred racing that is won based on sheer speed, harness race results also require a higher level of technicality especially considering that the horse has to run in a certain way that excludes an outright gallop.
One way to gauge the expertise of a jockey is by the number of harness races he or she has won before. A winning jockey combined with a great horse will often result in a great performance. Look out for consistency in winning as opposed to horses or jockeys whose past great performance was a one-off event. This is important because one win can be as a result of good luck for the winning horse or bad luck for a worthy opponent. An impressive track record rules out a win from appearing like a fluke.
Another important thing to note about harness race results is the horse’s class. Class is simply the grouping of horses by considering the horse’s earnings, age among other factors. The good thing is that information on each horse’s class is something you can obtain from your bookmaker or via online resources. All class listings on Australian harness racing are thus fairly accessible.
Harness race parlay cards are released weeks before the actual event so that punters can acquaint themselves with their favorites. These parlay cards will include the postpositions – that is the starting positions of horses on the field. Remember that horses on bad positions risk falling to the back when they are negotiating turns since they have to travel a longer distance than horses on the inside. Know the postposition of your horse and use this as part of the pool of information you require to place your bet.
Another important thing is to check out the average time that each horse posted over the last couple of races. The probability of the horse finishing the race in around the same time is high.
Checking out the horse’s form is of the essence. Jockeys normally employ two types of strategies sometimes dependent on the strengths of the horse (good starter or good finisher). There are horses that race near the lead but eventually fall back towards the finishing line. Then there are horses that initially race at the back, but come strongly to finish as leaders.
You can place your wager on your favorite horse in either Australia or from anywhere else in the world thanks to advances in technology. Of course, this does not mean that you cannot place your bet through the traditional methods i.e. on the sides of the racetrack. To aid in online horse race betting, a good number of internet programs have been developed to guide the punter on how to best place his bet.
Another important aspect is that the regulatory authority on harness racing in Australia (HRA) keeps a keen eye on harness race results and betting. This makes sure that the chances of being ripped-off are kept to a minimum.