This system is based around a little known speciality bet called the round robin.This bet is known to all bookmakers but it is seldom advertised. That’s no surprise, of course. Used appropriately – as in this system – the round robin is a highly punter-friendly bet.
A round robin covers three selections in three different races. It comprises a total
of ten bets in a combination of doubles, trebles and ‘Single Stakes About’ (SSA)
bets. If we refer to your selections as Horses A, B and C, the ten bets in a round
robin are as follows:
Horse A and Horse B, SSA = 2 bets
Horse A and Horse C, SSA = 2 bets
Horse B and Horse C, SSA = 2 bets
Horse A and Horse B, Double = 1 bet
Horse A and Horse C, Double = 1 bet
Horse B and Horse C, Double = 1 bet
Horse A, Horse B and Horse C, Treble = 1 bet
I’ll assume most readers will know about doubles and trebles, but Single Stakes
About may be less familiar. An SSA bet involves backing two selections in
different events. It consists of two singles, each with a single at the same stake
on the other selection. So if the first selection wins, an amount from the winnings
equal to the original stake is placed on the second selection and vice versa.
This is best explained by way of an example, so suppose you placed an SSA bet of £10
each on two horses, Wonder Boy and Lucky Chance, both priced at 3/1. The cost
of this bet is £20. If Wonder Boy wins, then £10 from the proceeds of that bet will
be placed on Lucky Chance, doubling the stakes on this horse to £20. Conversely,
if Lucky Chance wins, £10 from the winnings on this horse will be placed on
The net effect of this bet is therefore to double the stakes (and hence the
winnings) on each selection if both your horses win. If only one horse wins
however, you should still enjoy some return from your winning single.
The great thing about the round robin is that it automatically combines SSA with
other combination bets in such a way that, if you back at the right odds, with just
one winner you will recoup all or most of your stake and with two or more, enjoy
a healthy profit.
For example, let’s say you bet to a £1 unit stake (so the bet costs £10 in total)…
If your three horses are all returned at 5/1:
* If one horse wins, you collect £10 (your money back)
* If two win, you collect £68
* If all three win, you collect £390
So, as you can see, the round robin offers potentially both a high success rate
and first-class profit potential. But how do you choose which horses to back?
To place a round robin bet we need to find three selections per day. You can use
any daily paper with racing coverage for this purpose, though the Daily Mail
would be our top choice as its betting forecasts are generally the most accurate.
1. Eliminate any meetings where the going is predicted to be hard or heavy, as in
such extreme conditions upsets are more common.
2. Eliminate all amateur and ladies’ races, as these races can be something of a
lottery. Non-handicap races should also be eliminated, as they do not have the
right betting profile for this system.
3. Identify the highest-rated horse in each remaining race. Rating figures
normally appear at the far right of the race card. Those in the Daily Mail are
provided by Formcast and the top-rated horse is indicated by a black spot.
4. Check the predicted SP (starting price) for each horse you identified in Step 3
and eliminate any shorter than 3/1. If fewer than three horses remain, there is no
bet that day (this can happen in mid-week especially). With exactly three, these
are your system selections. With more than three, continue as follows…
5. From all the remaining horses, choose the three with the highest forecast
odds. For example, if there are four selections at predicted odds of 5/1, 4/1, 7/2
and 3/1, the horse priced at 3/1 should be eliminated. If there is a tie, choose the
horse with the best form in its most recent race.
In practice, once you are used to applying this system, it should take only a few
minutes to arrive at your selections for the day. Once you have your three
horses, you are almost there. All you have to do now is place your bet.
Betting and Staking
To place a round robin bet, you will require a plain betting slip. All you then need
to do is write down your three selections, the words ‘Round Robin’ and the
amount you wish to stake, as in the example below:
Flying Welshman – Newbury 2.30
Rock Star – Newbury 3.30
Runaway Train – Lingfield 4.35
10 bets @ £1 per bet = £10
Working out the returns from a winning round robin is somewhat time-consuming
but you should nevertheless do it, as bookies can and do make mistakes. If you
don’t want to work out the returns from all ten bets manually (and who could
blame you?), the website Betting Mad has a free ‘Bet Settler’ calculator
which will do the job for you.
The round robin is a powerful yet little-known perm and in conjunction with the
selection system and staking method set out here should deliver you steadily
growing profits month by month.