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Betting Guide

Well now you’ve read our Guide to Horse Racing and know it all! It’s time to look at betting & what you need to consider when placing your bets…..So lets look at the basic information of the race your considering.

The Racecard

    • No1 – Here we have the actual racecard race number
    • No2 – We have the “Race off” time. eg at what time the race is suposed to start
    • No3 – Is the estimated time “to post” eg How long until the race is expected to start, this can vary as there could be a delay at another track (On some betting sites it might show a minus time if there is dual coverage)
  • No4 – Your each way Odds & And the number of places covered depends on the type of race & number of runners (The table below shows relevant criteria)


Type of Race  No. Of Runners Positions Covered
All  Less Than 5  Win only
 All  5-7  2
All Except Handicap  8 or more  3
 Handicap  12-15  3
 Handicap  16 or more  4


  • No5 – Course Distanc & Type of Race
  • No6 – Ground Conditions (These can vary from, firm to good to soft to heavy depending on the weather)

Your Horse

Now we have a bit about your Horse to concentrate on.


  • No7 – Is the horses form, In this example we can see 7-8011 (These are finishing positions for its last 5 races) In this case he or she finshed 7th – 8th- 10th – 1st – 1st – (The first number being the oldest race) You might also see F = Fallen in a Race & P = Pulled Up (This means that the Jockey had decided retire from the race) It could be for many reasons ranging from Injury to Not handling the going to the horse simply not “fancing it” or jumping well and riskin injury, regardless of what people outside the sport think knowone wants a horse to get injured & any jockey would “pull” a horse up if there is a risk to its health.

Depending on which betting site you are regesitered with you might see a little Play Buttin [>] below (This will play a video replay of its last race if this facility is available) You might also see a further information button [i] with this website you get a drop down section.



Here we see can see that extra information. The Dates of his last 5 races, The distance of the races, The track he ran at, The type of race & What position hes finished – Again with the betting .example we’re using we have the little play button again which will replay the chosen race (Click the image to see a larger view)



  • No8 – Covers the Weight (In Stones and pounds) & the Age of the Horse (Now this “could” have a big effect on the race, as a lighter weighted horse is already carrying less weight without the jockeys weight)
  • No9 – The previous odds of the horse (eg before further betting was placed on the horse) This can continue to fluctuate right up until the race starts, depending on how well “backed” (fancied) the horse is
  • No10 – The Current odds as it stands (You can find more about betting odds explained from websites like

Trainers & Jockeys


    • No11 – Tell’s us who the Trainer & Jockeys are (Trainer left/Jockey right in this example) We can see Cubomania is trained by Gordon Elliott & the jockey is Jack Kennedy, Now this might not sound that important but its definately something that you will want to consider when placeing your bets, like many other sports there are sucessful & unsucessful teams but in horse racing these comprises of trainer & jockey connections. Jockeys do not have a contract, they are represented by a Agent and wont exclusivly work with a single trainer/owner. An agent will book their client from race to race by contacting the trainers/owners to book them a ride.  It is true that the top jockeys tend to get to ride the top horses and the trainers with the most successful horses will often seek out the services of the most successful jockeys. Trainers & Owners will often have list of favourite riders and will look to employ one of thier favorite riders if they feel they have a real chance of winning.


    • No12 – Gives us the horses sadle cloth number (In flat racing there will be another number in brackets denoting their postion in the starting stalls)


  • No13 – We have the owners silks (each racing silk must be unique), these are designed by the owner of a racehorse. Normally all horses belonging to a particular owner will be raced in his colors. Again this might not seem that important. But at a glance it gives an indication of what “yard” the horse is running out of. The horse might be, new to a stable, have average form or not have the best jockey available. But given the yards success rate (with its stablemates) you might still consider backing this horse.
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