Horse Racing is one of those sports that once you know how it works it becomes exceptionally fun to bet on and watch. The problem is many of the terminologies and betting systems are stuck in the past and this makes getting over the first hurdle a hassle.
On this page we aim to give you all of the tools and knowledge to help you bet on horse racing. Don’t get caught out by Rule 4, make sure you know your racing grades, be in the know about best odds guarantees and much more.
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The Tote was originally created as a means for the government to gain some control of licensed gambling at horse and greyhound tracks. It is a form of pari-mutuel betting which means stakes are pooled and winners win a share of the pot rather than a set amount as with fixed odds betting. Find out how to bet on tote and totepool.
There are more grades in horse racing than a school exam but there isn’t anything particularly complicated about them. Grade classifications differ between flat and National Hunt jump racing but the principle is the same, the higher you move up the higher quality the racing is. Top grade horse races are the most prestigious and carry the best payouts and offers.
Rule 4 is the industry standard method used by high street bookmakers and online betting sites to adjust the odds of a race if a horse is withdrawn after the final order has been declared. The effect on the odds is dependent on the price of the withdrawn horse and the size of the field, find out what effect this might have on your bet.
There are scores of different types of horse races for different types of horses, and most don’t last all that long. But which are the longest of them all requiring the most stamina from the horses and the most focus from the jockey? You might find a few surprises in here, too.
Races run over the shortest distances are known as sprints, and they are designed for a particular type of horse. There are plenty of them in the UK and elsewhere too, but there are some that are so short they barely seem worth running at all. Read all about them here.
It’s a much bigger component of horse racing than many punters realise, but race horse breeding is a multi-million pound business. But how does it work, why is it so expensive, and which horses make the best sires?
Here, we explain everything you have ever wanted to know about what horses get up to behind closed doors but were too embarrassed to ask.