What do you mean by “drifting” odds?

I am often asked “What do you mean by drifting odds” when I say look that horse is drifting in the market.

Drifting odds means that the odds offered on a horse, by a bookmaker, are getting bigger.

So a horse that was 2/1 is now being offered at 5/1 is said to be drifting in the market.

Alternatively horses can be said to be shortening which is where the odds are getting smaller. So in the example above a horse that was being offered at 5/1 and is now being offered at 2/1 is said to be shortening. Sometimes this process is also described by calling the horse a steamer or the “jolly”.

Some racing website will publish a list of horses which they will say “here is a list of the steamers …”. This is the list of horses whose odds have significantly shortened or got smaller.

The video below is a practical demonstration of how to spot whether a horse is drifting in a particular marketplace. It takes you step by step through the process of how to use your Betfair account and the charts it provides to see which horses are drifting in a particular race and which are shortening or staying static or jumping around etc.

This is an IMPORTANT part of our unique “SYSTEM 200” method of converting FREE BETS to CASH!

BETFAIR - How to spot a drifting horse?


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