We have expert horse racing accumulator tips ahead of all the major meetings.
A successful accumulator can yield significant profits for relatively small outlay; however, it can also be a notoriously difficult bet to predict successfully due to the number of selections required and the fact that all selections must win for the bet to generate a return.
While any bet featuring two or more selections to win can technically be referred to as an accumulator, the term generally refers to any bet of four selections or more where all must win to give a return. The accumulator may also be referred to as a four-fold, five-fold, six-fold etc depending on the number of selections.
Win accumulators are made up of a single bet covering several selections, all of which must win. However, accumulators can also be placed as an each-way bet, where selections need only finish within the places according to the conditions of the race. Each-way accumulators can only be used on certain sports though, although their appeal can be widened in ante-post circles for the likes of football.
An each-way accumulator is made up of two elements; a win element, where all selections must win, and also a place element where all selections must finish in the places. The stake is doubled as the punter is betting both to win and to place.
In an each-way accumulator, if one selection fails to win, the whole win element is lost, and the bet becomes solely based on the place element according to the conditions of the race. A place-only accumulator can also be used, and like the win accumulator is a single bet where selections need only reach the places.
There are many ways punters pick out their accumulators, with one of the most common win accumulator strategies being to concentrate on short-odds favourites whose combined price, while not particularly big, is likely to hold a strong chance of being successful. Punters analyse free horse racing tips, banker double racing tips
and NAP horse racing tips
to pick out their best selections.
Others may concentrate on horses that trade around 4/1 or 5/1 where there may also be a short-priced favourite in the field and a gap in the odds between the favourite and the rest. With races of eight runners or more, bookmakers pay for the first three places, and horses trading around these odds can often be fancied to make the frame – and often win - so would make some appeal to both each-way and place-only accumulator players.
Accumulator bets are a standard part of multiple bets such as Yankees, Lucky15s, Canadians and Lucky 31s, or can be bet on their own. Some bookmakers offer enhanced odds for accumulators, so it is worth checking out their special customer offers to help boost winnings on successful accumulator bets.
There have been plenty of well-documented big accumulator wins
, with the most famous being Frankie Dettori’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ at Ascot, when the mercurial Italian booted home all seven winners on the card to produce a monster 25,051/1 accumulator which cost bookmakers more than £30million, and netted one lucky punter more than £500,000.
Dettori's Magnificent Seven
The feat was replicated by Richard Hughes at Windsor in 2012 when the now-retired jockey landed all seven winners on a Monday fixture at the Berkshire venue. His accumulator total paled in comparison to Dettori’s though, yielding a paltry 10,167/1 return.
Fred Craggs’ 2008 accumulator, which cost just 50p returned a mammoth £1 million payout, after the punter correctly selected an eight-horse accumulator which included horses named ‘Isn’t That Lucky’ and ‘A Dream Come True’. The total combined accumulator touched 2,000,000/1!
However, the most infamous of accumulators surely came at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival where punters across the land had lumped on the failsafe Willie Mullins day one accumulator, where the County Carlow trainer had strong contenders throughout the opening day’s exchanges with the layers.
Bookmakers feared the worst as Douvan, Un De Sceaux and Faugheen all came home in front, and the air of expectation amongst punters was fever-pitch as Annie Power looked set to land the Festival banker bet with victory in the Mares’ Hurdle.
However, as she swept to the front under Ruby Walsh and headed towards the final hurdle, punters up and down the land were already calculating winnings and preparing to head to the payout window to collect when the superstar mare crashed out at the last with an inexplicable fall when likely to win easily.
Form study, tipster advice such as is found on RacingTips.com or in newspapers, or simply liking the name of the horse or the jockeys’ silks all help punters come up with accumulator bets. It doesn’t matter how a punter arrives at their selections, just so long as they win!