Have you ever wondered if there is a day of the week when it is easier to pick winners at the horse races? Are the races always the same? For example, is it more difficult to pick the best horse or handicap in the races on Monday than it is on Saturday?
In my experience, the answer is yes. There are days when the horses running are of a higher class and in better physical shape. That means horses that run faithfully as opposed to the bottom of the barrels that struggle to win due to weakness.
Look at the average bag on different days of the week and the total bag for the day and you will find that there is a clear pattern. Racecourses like to map their stakes races and best race fields on days when more people are more likely to be available to attend the races.
It is for the same reason that major sporting events such as football matches are organized on Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, if you want the easiest handicap races and the horses that run true to form, stick to the higher purse races for older horses.
You can find most of them on a weekend. Saturday is usually the best day for quality races. There is another reason to play the races on the weekend or on public holidays as well. This is when you will find the highest percentage of casual horse players and gamblers.
In pari mutuel betting, your skills matter. On weekdays, there are more real horse players compared to the casual players who don’t have that much skill. That means you are more likely to see each horse bet at its true value or winning chances.
On the other hand, on a weekend or holiday, there are more people at the races just to have fun. They will bet based on a horse’s name or because it is a heavy favourite, and that means disparity in the betting pools that a skilled horse racing handicapper can exploit.