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Hedge Your Bets When Betting On A Big Field Handicap

What I’ve found useful over the years is instead of placing all your eggs in one basket in big field races like the Grand National over jumps or the Cesarewitch on the flat, put on two, three or four bets of smaller value each-way. That means you’ve got more chances of winning.

I recently did this on the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, That’s a big handicap too but just a couple of flutters to make it interesting. Took the winner Kalashnikov at 12s E/W, but also liked something lower down in the weights. My total outlay betting was £10 (2 x £2.50 each-way), but I ended up £30 in profit on the race. OK, I lost my bet on the bigger price horse that didn’t place, but it just goes to show it helps to have more than one iron in the fire in these types of race, you know?

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