The youngest a horse can race in the UK is as a 2 year old. All horses birthdays are considered to be 1st January so dependent upon the actual date a horse was born there can be a considerable age difference between 2 year olds. Those born early in the year will obviously be more advanced than the later born.
However, trainers will not allow their 2 year old horses to run until they consider them strong enough and ready to run. Early in the flat season these races races are restricted to 5 furlongs,(1100 yards) and as the season progresses this is increased to 6 and then 7 furlongs and finally up to 1 mile.
As a punting medium, betting on juvenile races is not recommended, especially early in the season. The problem is that most are having their first or second runs and you know very little about them. There are some trainers who are experts at producing juveniles ready to win at the first time of asking. Equally many trainers prefer to give their horses a gentle introduction to the race course. So they discourage the jockeys from giving the horse a hard first race.
Betting markets for 2 year old horse races tend to thrive on reputation and rumor. Any youngster coming from a top stable is regarded as a good bet and the hint that a horse looks “promising” is enough for it to start odds on. I have not tested it but it would not surprise me to discover if you had a lay bet every odds on 2 year old with Betfair you might show a profit.
In August the 2 year old handicaps start and this really can be a minefield for the punter. In his excellent little book “Form Book Analysis” M L Midgley suggested in 2 year old races look for a horse that starts as 2nd to 4th favorite but then creeps into favorite or near favorite spot. His think was that this would indicate either stable and or “inspired” money was being put on the horse. I think that this small book may now be out of print but if you can get hold of a copy it is well worth reading.
The first thing you’re going to need to do when you start playing Age of Conan is to determine which race your character is going to be. The Age of Conan races determine which character classes you can pick and so you’ll want to think about your character’s race carefully instead of just picking one based on looks.
Currently, Age of Conan only has three different races to choose from, so it won’t get too confusing. Each race is more or less based upon a historical ethnic group. For example, the Aquilonians are probably most like the Romans at the height of the Roman empire and they are known for their culture, prosperity and great cities.
The Cimmerians, on the other hand, are based upon the Celts with probably a dash of Nordic influence and they are essentially a barbarian race from the mountains and highlands. Conan himself is a Cimmerian. And then the Stygians are desert people and snake worshipers and they are somewhat based upon ancient Egyptians and Babylonians.
There are some other races in the game as well, but they are currently only NPCs, though they may eventually become playable in future Age of Conan expansions.
- Priest of Mitra
- Dark Templar
- Bear Shaman
- Dark Templar
- Tempest ofSet
- Herald of Xotli
Each of the classes fall under a particular archetype, Rogue, Priest, Soldier or Mage and its fairly obvious from the class titles which fall under which archetypes. While each race has a choice of several class optons to pick from, since they also have some natural advantages in certain classes, you may want to let that guide your selection.
The Cimmerians are particularly good at the martial arts, such as swordplay; the Stygians are naturally drawn towards the dark and magical arts (and are the only character class that can be Mages); and the Aquilonian fall somewhere in the middle of the other two races, making it an ideal race if you prefer to play characters with a balanced skill-set.