The 80/20 Staking Plan
This horse racing plan can be used with any selection process and can be used with horses that are short prices as well as big prices too.
So many horses come close to winning but don't actually come first in their races. Horses beaten by a nose, a short head or simply losing the expected lead in the last 100 yards of a race.
It can became so frustrating to spend time finding real horses with a live chance of winning, running well but not passing the finishing line first and you need to start looking at ways of maximising the profit from these runners.
Each Way Betting - But With A Profitable Twist!
You do have traditional each way betting but placing the same stake on the win as on the place part of the bet in the traditional way, doesn’t really make too much of a difference although it can go some way to alleviating the losses when the horses selected were indeed placed.
You could also just back a horse to be placed which you can do on all of the major betting exchanges, which can give a little encouragement as smaller regular profits are being made but when the horses do actually win it is frustrating not to be picking up a bigger profit for the effort you put in.
So we now have the 80/20 system and it's simple strategy, making the best of both horses that are placed and horses that do go on to win.
If you look at the statistics, it is clear that horses don’t win as often as they are placed so it really doesn’t make sense to place the same amount of money on both the place and the win.
So with the 80/20 system you simply stake more on the place side of the bet than on the win and you will find that it will make a huge difference to the profit and loss sheet when you use it on a regular basis.
The Ratio Of Staking
Well of course the ratio for the 80/20 system is to place 80% of the stake on the place and 20% on the win. Well that makes sense doesn't it!
This means that using a stake of £10, you would place £8 on the place and £2 on the win. For £5 stakes it would be £4 on the place and £1 on the win. 80% of the total stake on the place and 20% on the win, whatever the stake of choice.
There are some parts of the system that need to be looked at and the most important is the price of the horse to be placed. Probably 1.5 on the exchanges is short enough but you may make this price as big or as short as you wish, however you will be able to get this price or even better sometimes on horses as short as 2/1 or even a bit shorter in certain races. So it is worth looking out for these as the strike rate will be high.
If your stake is £10 for example, you will be placing £8 on the place side of the bet at 1.5 and £2 on the win. If the horse is 2/1 favourite for example, or around 3.0 on the exchanges and comes second, you will still make a profit on the race of £1.80 even after 5% commission that has to be paid.
£8 x 1.5 = £4. -5% commission = £3.80. -£2 win losing stake = £1.80.
This means an 18% profit on the original stake for a 2/1 shot that didn’t even win and you would have lost all your stake if you had bet only to win or had placed an each way bet in the traditional way.
What you have to note is that a high percentage of these 2/1 shots will actually win and that would mean a total profit on the above bet of £7.60 after 5% commission and a terrific ROI% of 76%.
You don't have to only concentrate on 2/1 shots or favourites as you will be able to find many decent priced horses to back with some very good prices just for the place that will increase your profits much further even if a high proportion are only placed.
Stake What Suits You Best
You can change the ratios that you place on each part of the bet from 80/20 to 70/30 or 60/40 as a minimum, however do remember that more of your bets will be placed than win so keeping a bigger stake on the place is a good policy.
The races to bet on can make a difference too and whilst non handicaps are not always the most exciting of races to bet on or watch compared to handicaps, it can be easier to find a shorter priced horse to bet on using this system.
If you want help with a selection process then it is worth noting that the Inform Racing top Master rated horse has a 75% strike rate for being placed and winners have been recorded in the past at all prices including many at double figure odds.
Sticking to races with less runners, between 8 and 12 is ideal, will benefit the use of this system as well.
Starting with a bank of £100 and a stake of £10 per bet, (£8 place, £2 win), should be enough as long as you pick your horses carefully.
When your bank reaches £200 or more, increase your stakes to £20, (£16 place, £4 win), then £30 stakes when your bank increases to £300 or more (£24 place, £6 win), and so on. If you go back down below £300 or whatever decrease your stakes again.
Best of luck with this 80/20 horse racing staking plan!
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