Early trades, morning prices…

First off, just quickly, I’d like to talk about AP McCoy this week.

I personally thought his 4000th winner was a hell of a ride. You could tell all the way around he had his heart and soul in it. I don’t think many could see him winning right until the final stage of that race; it seemed to come from nowhere! I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the in-play traders got stung by it.

AP had two rides that day, and with all the press hype, it was evident to me what would happen, as I hinted to followers on Twitter. His rides were to be severely underpriced! Turnover also seemed to be enhanced as well. For those reasons, it seemed to be one of those sorts of opportunities that don’t come around every day. When his first ride didn’t win, I couldn’t help but smile as I knew we were all in for another late price drift on the second runner.

I can’t remember the top price it hit in the final minutes, although I know it was higher than 2.84.

I’ll be looking out for future hype like this a little more closely, as undoubtedly it was the reason for the conditions and change in price (just a shame I wasn’t sharp enough to back it the evening before, too).

Early trades

So this week, I’ve revisited something I used to do some time ago and have on and off: early trades.

Now, the problem with early trades is finding runners with enough liquidity to get matched against early on. For that reason alone, it’s nearly always easier to get in early on a Friday night for a Saturday race, as the volume is up.

However, it is possible daily to find a runner that is more than likely to move in your favor with some liquidity mid-morning, the only negative being if you wait that late, you could have already missed some of the move! I think all my pre-race trading knowledge has helped me greatly compared to when I first started trying to do this. The only other thing that stops me is sheer laziness. I know that sounds terrible, but if I’m to trade for the afternoon and make a significant amount of money, then to make 20 – 30 quid on a morning trade feels less important. Over a month, though, those values per day soon add up, so I’m making a conscious effort to do it more! If you’ve been following me on Twitter this week, you will have seen me put up some selections yielding good results.

Exiting the trades seems to be the other problem, as often it can be hard mentally to either add to an already good position in a lower liquid market or, conversely, not scale out too soon. I like to scale out a portion of my stake once it goes in my favor, as it’s just good practice. I’m a trader, not an outright punter, so even if the wins aren’t so big but the consistency is very high, I’m always happy.

I’d be keen to hear anyone’s opinions on early trading from the evening and morning before the race; quite possibly, I think it’s something I could scale up at times to make a significant difference.

One thought on “Early trades, morning prices…

  1. it’s about time you created that website, looks way better than a blog 😉 Always loved your content, I hope your website will not become ANOTHER one offering courses, selling trading videos and so on

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