On Saturday the 5th of August I went with a couple of friends to the horse racing at Goodwood in West Sussex. It becomes "Glorious Goodwood" when you bet on seven races and win money on six of them. That is an 85% strike rate. Last year was the first time I ever went to Goodwood and came home with a tidy profit of £150. This year I managed to finish with £250, having placed a £10 bet on each race. 

So, here are my tips on how to win at Glorious Goodwood:

  • Never bet on favourites unless the jockey is Frankie Dettori.
  • Always bet on complete outsiders with odds of 12/1 or 15/1 or there abouts.
  • Don’t bet from the same tote each time. Walk around and see if you can get a better deal. The electronic boards are not always the best.
  • Look out for catchy names, ones you cannot pronounce. They are sure winners.
  • If you see a horse at 33/1 or 66/1, do an each way on it. You never know, it might come in 2nd or 3rd or 4th and that is still a tidy profit.
  • Go to the races with a positive attitude and accept the fact that you will lose £70. Then when you win it’ll be a wonderful feeling.
  • Put your winnings in a seperate pocket or bag and don’t touch it, no matter what happens, because when your luck turns you do stupid things like put your winnings on the next race.
  • Finally, don’t bother reading those silly turf books or how the horse did in the last race or what position it came because they never turn out to be right.

Final Note: These tips are only for Glorious Goodwood.