Horseracing has been at the heart of British sporting culture for centuries and, for many, ‘having a flutter’ is key to the enjoyment of the raceday.
If you are new to racing and betting, follow these easy steps to learn how to place a bet at the races.
- Firstly you must choose your horse. This can be done by either looking at a racecard, in the Racing Post or going to the paddock or picking a name that you like the sound of!
- Decide the amount and type of bet you are going to place. If you want to bet ‘To Win’ (the horse has to finish first) or ‘Each Way’ (the horse must be ‘placed’ - finish in the first two, three or four, depending on how many runners there are in the race). ‘Each Way’ is twice the cost, as you are placing one bet on the horse to win and another bet on the horse to be placed.
- Decide where you are going to place the bet. Either on the Tote or on in the betting ring which can be found by the track in front of the grandstands. Then, simply say to the betting operator the number of the horse you have selected, the amount you wish to bet and the type of bet you want to place. Eg. ‘Number 3, £5 to win’.
- They will then give you your ticket which you will need to keep safe until after the race.
If you win...
If you have picked the winner you will need to wait until the jockeys have weighed in to collect your winnings, you will hear ‘Weighed in, weighed in!’ over the announcement system which means the result is official. Then you can take your betting slip to the betting operator you placed your bet with and receive your winnings!
Please remember to gamble responsibly and to only bet what you can afford. Gambling should always be for fun! For more information about responsible gambling please click here.
Further information can be found here.