It's all about trading up - 'Do you want fries with your burger?' - and it's just the same in betting with the addition of a forecast to your tasty win bet always worthy of consideration in your greyhound wagering. Darrell Williams looks into how forecast betting can enhance your return and also has a quartet of strongly fancied picks for today's gala card at Monmore...
"Think of a race where you strongly fancy a short-priced favourite and would usually simply place a win bet. Yet by adding in a forecast bet you can maximise your return...."
While the main aim of this series is to investigate methods to improve your chances of winning, I did mention last time that we would delve a little deeper into forecast betting.
Many would argue it's hard enough finding a winner let alone trying to predict the second and while in future articles we will investigate ways you can use forecasts to improve your profitability, the focus for the moment is purely an awareness one.
As you are aware Betfair offers win (and place) markets on every 'betting shop race' as well as those covered live on RPGTV each night. But additionally, there is also the opportunity to play the forecast on each of those races.
A daunting prospect for some, given instead of six possible outcomes, there are now thirty! But equally an opportunity to go for the bigger win. In future articles we will evaluate various strategies based around forecast betting, but as an introduction think of a race where you strongly fancy a short-priced favourite and would usually simply place a win bet.
Yet by adding in a forecast bet you can maximise your return. Whether that is a single forecast or for your preferred selection to beat perhaps two or three rivals is down to your personal strategy, but with the Betfair forecasts offering far better value than equivalent alternatives it is a market certainly worthy of consideration.
Strong day for favourites at Monmore?
Open race fans can enjoy a Wednesday afternoon bonus with the re-scheduled Lol Jones Memorial meeting, live on Betfair live video.
Short-price favourites abound and while Affane Party failed to oblige for his ante-post supporters in last week's Northern Sprint final, he is strongly-fancied to bounce straight back from his preferred red jacket (14:22).
Farloe Thor, last year's All England Cup runner-up, hinted he is close to his best when winning over today's 480m trip last week and is another red box specialist who looks well drawn (14:42), while rapidly improving Ballymac Defo is another to keep the trap one fan club smiling (15:19) and rates the best prospect of the afternoon.
Angie Kibble's youngster remains one to keep on side and can make all. Ridgedale Max, fresh from winning the six-bend final at Kinsley on Sunday, goes from strength to strength, and is fancied to make it five from five over 600m+ trips (15:39).
Derby fever about to kick in!
The Greyhound Derby entries are in and with the world's greatest greyhound race just a week away now is the time to start thinking about an ante-post portfolio especially with the Betfair Win market currently [21.0] the field. Last year this column predicted two of the finalists from just four selections including 150/1 chance Murrys Act and we'll be back with this year's 'Four to Follow' in time for the first round next Thursday!