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“Good horse, small field, good bet …Good horse, big field , better bet”

My  uncle said this to me many years ago and I wondered for many years does it have any significance. Its  a bit like the saying “never back odds on and never run up steps”.

Then recently Jonah “Stiffler” asked me …

“Have you ever researched statistically whether there is any credence to it? Used to hear much the same thing. “the bigger the field, the bigger the certainty

Well there is a very powerful piece of software out there which allows you to do this sort of analysis, TAB Probet ( so I thought I would put the theory to the test using over 10,000 races and share the results with you.

I created a very simple betting system which consisted of backing the race favourite using TAB Fixed Odds and compared 2 betting scenarios :

  • B2P  – Back the fav according to its price …
    ( so if it was 2.0 then I would bet ½ a unit but if it was 4.0 then bet ¼ of  unit and so on)
  • FS –  Back every fav for 1 unit flat stake

I recorded the number of runners in each race and split the results into Small, Medium and Large race size.


The results were very very interesting …


So even though the strike rate went from 36% in small fields to 29% in large fields,  the POT (Profit On Turnover) improved from 13% to a very creditable  -1.0%. Remember the final fixed odds have a margin of around 16 %  so reducing this to 1% (Flat Stake) and 2% (Bet To Prices) is a very good outcome.

And it doesn’t take much thought to turn around a disadvantage of less than 2% and make a consistent long term profit.  As Arthur would say “this is a nice little earner” and without any hard work , which he hated anyway.

Does anybody want to share any similar  analysis  ?


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