You should be knowledgeable about the subject prior to placing a bet on a horse in any race. Although the minimum bet amount is £2, and there are adequate opportunities to bet, there is no need to bet in a reckless manner.

You should be knowledgeable about the subject prior to placing a bet on a horse in any race.

The “going” report

It is another name for the track condition. The British Horseracing Authority has a total of seven terms:

  • Heavy
  • Good
  • Soft
  • Good
  • Good to Soft
  • Good to Firm
  • Hard
  • Firm

The race track condition plays a vital role when it comes to the horses’ performance in any race. Surface conditions are directly related to the type of soil, and in case of dirt track, turf and artificial surface. Other important factors include surface density, moisture content and porosity. Softer grounds are linked to slower racing.

Reading “form” and placing bets

There will be a list detailing every horse entered into races and it can be accessed over the net five days prior the event. Runners who are finally declared will be named 48 hours prior to the race day. The horse’s name will be at the card top, adjacent to jockey colours and owner name.

The weight of the horse will also be given as it affects the chance of winning the race. Every horse is given a standard weight to carry.

It is easy to place a bet:

  • Go through the provided race and decide the horse you like
  • Take a decision on whether you prefer your horse to win or in each way
  • Select the place to bet: the betting ring, the tote, or betting shops

Watching the horses

You can watch the horses from a number of vantage points. The list includes the pre-parade ring, the parade ring, horsewalk and the track. The unsaddling and winners’ enclosure also offers excellent vantage points.