A bullring is the term given to a smaller race track. Speaking precisely, a bullring will be less than a mile long and will have a small circumference and sharp turns. Races run at a bullring will generally be shorter than those at major tracks, such as a four furlong sprint.
Whenever a bet is placed on a horse race – whether it’s a simple each way bet, part of an accumulator or something more complex such as a patent bet – the key consideration lies in matching the right horse with the circumstances on the day. The right horse might be chosen because of its’ form, pedigree, jockey, stable and trainer, whereas the circumstances will include whether the going is soft or firm, if the race is a hurdle or flat race and how long it is.
The fact that a race is run at a bullring should also impact on any bets placed. The shorter distances clearly favour horses with a track record of performing well in sprints, and the short straights and sharp turns are likely to work against horses whose usual habit is to come from behind. Checking the form and backing horses which prefer spending the bulk of a race in first, second or third position is likely to pay dividends at a bull ring.
Another factor which is likely to have greater impact at a bullring than larger tracks is the draw. This is the process which determines which starting position the horses have, with a horse drawn close to the post – which is to say on the inside of the track – enjoying a shorter route around the sharp turns. It may well be worth doing the research to identify those horses which start quickly in longer races but tend to fade over the middle and closing stages. Sprint speed of this kind could be just what’s called for to emerge triumphant at a bullring.
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