Horse Racing betting guide

Horse racing is most certainly one of the more popular sports to bet on. The attraction and hype surrounding some of the meetings means Horse racing is very much at the forefront of the sporting calendar.

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There are many horse racing events throughout the year and novices as well as experts all like to pick their a  winner in any one of these races. Be it the Cheltenham festival, Glorious Goodwood, Royal Ascot, The Epsom Derby or the ever popular Grand National, Horse racing has never been bigger.

There are any number of ways to bet on Horse racing and there are always the favorites and big household names that everybody is familiar with. The bookies realise the popularity of this sport and offer a huge amount of information, tips, latest news, course information and enhanced odds; giving you all the tools needed to place some winning bets.

When it comes to choosing which Bookie to go with you can be forgiven not knowing where to start, or even where to put your money.

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Horse Racing betting markets

If your a fan of horse racing then you’ll already know the ins and outs of how races are competed and maybe a good idea on form. Horse racing can be followed and studied like most sports and often meetings are predictably won and lost by particular horses and jockeys.

You maybe familiar with the term Favourite. This simply means, all things considered by the bookie, to be the horse most likely to win the race. Bookies offer customers the chance to bet on out right winners as well as selecting a particular position. Customers can bet each way. This is made up of two parts. A win and a place. The win part is for your selected to horse to win the event, whilst the place part is for your selected horse to finish in 1st or another place; 2nd, 3rd 4th etc. Each part of the bet has an equal stake and the place part of your bet will be paid out as a fraction of the odds for the win. This is a great way of increasing your chances of a return on your bet. Look out for other terminology. SP means Starting Price – or the odds given to a horse at the start of a race. You will also see EP – Early Price. Before the race has started.

You may have seen the words Ante Post. within Horse racing betting. This means that you can place your bet at least a full day before the announcement or declaration stage of a particular meeting. You can see some bigger odds by betting on ante post however be aware that your bet will lose if your selected horse becomes a non runner.

Many bookmakers offer ‘best odds guaranteed’ on horse racing betting. If you take an early price on a horse and the starting price odds are bigger, you will find that if your bet is successful, you will be paid out at the bigger odds!

You can often and will find horse racing events and meetings taking place every day. There are flat season specials and make sure you don’t miss out on daily specials with some fantastic odds to take advantage of too.

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The Horse Racing Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival starts the year of horse racing. Taking place annually every March this festival of horse racing features the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and World Hurdle. The Cheltenham Festival has bags of glitz and glamour and advertises itself as the ‘Greatest show on Turf’. Millions of Pounds are bet during the 4 day festival and its an amazing and spectacular way to start the horse racing calendar. Some famous names have been Cheltenham champions over recent years including Ruby Walsh and each year the event just seems to get bigger and better!

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In April the nation goes mad for the Grand National. Everyone picks a winner during this event and it certainly makes for an exciting Saturday afternoon. The prize money for the Grand National winner is expected to just short of £3m million in 2016, the biggest ever prize. The course in Aintree features the famous jumps your probably familiar with; Becher’s Brook and The Chair and its the race all jockeys and trainers want to win.

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Heading into the British summer, next on the calendar is the Epsom Derby. This again offers some fantastic horse racing betting opportunities. The Derby as its more commonly known amongst the horse racing community is famous worldwide and is steeped in history. It is widely regarded as the greatest flat race in the world, which it probably is. Everyone is familiar with the elegant Ladies day and again some famous names have won here.

During the height of summer the attention switches to Goodwood and features the Sussex stakes and Nassau Stakes, both great races to bet on. During the horse racing year there are other famous meetings including the 2000 Guineas Stakes and St.Leger Stakes. These two events along with the Epsom Derby make up the Triple Crown.

Horse racing doesn’t just take place in the UK and Ireland. This sport is very popular in the Asia, in particular Dubai. These are extremely popular events and the betting opportunities that come with them are excellent. Certainly one’s to look out for.