Horse Racing Betting Guide & Articles

horse-racingHorse 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.

More general betting guides see our main articles page.

Horse Racing Grades Explained


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 Explained

Rule 4 Rules

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standard method used by high street bookmakers and online betting sites to adjust the odds of a race if a horse is withdrawn after the final order has been declared.  The effect on the odds is dependent on the price of the withdrawn horse and the size of the field, find out what effect this might have on your bet.

Tote and Totepool Betting Guide


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.

Longest Horse Races

National Hunt Jump

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.

How Are Race Horses Bred?

Baby Boy Horse

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.

Shortest Horse Races

Shortest Horse Race

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.

Horse Racing Winnings - How Are They Split

Horse Racing Trophy

Horse Racing is the second most popular sport to bet on after football but yet few people think about how much money is made by owners, jockeys and trainers.

On this page we look at how racing winnings are divided and who gets the lions share.  We look at how important winnings are to jockeys and trainers.

How Foes A Horse Falling Affect Its Next Races?

horse and jockey falling

In jump racing horses have to jump obstacles that are taller than most people and so falling in races happens to almost every jump racer over time.

It can be frustrating if you backed the horse that fell but it is worth backing again?  How do horses that fall perform in the races that follow, does falling have a negative impact on performance?