Fancy a Flutter?
There are three basic ways you can place a bet on course. After all, what’s a day at the races without having a flutter?
You can go down the traditional route with the bookmakers in one of the betting rings, try one of the on-site betting shops or test your luck on the Tote with totepool.
Top tip: Pay a visit to the Parade Ring before placing your bets to assess which horse looks ready to go out and win!
This is perhaps the most common form of betting at the races; you’ll see the bookmakers with clear signs indicating their minimum bets alongside odds screens for the next race.
All you need to do is pick your horse by its number, choose what stake you want to put down and what bet you want to place!
If you want to go for a straight win, you might, for instance, say to the bookmaker “£5 on Number 3 please”.
If you want to bet each way to increase your chances of winning, you could ask for “£5 each way on Number 3”, which means you’ll effectively be placing two bets on the same horse: £5 on it winning the race and £5 on it being placed. If it finishes first, you’ll be paid out on both bets.
The Betting Shops
On-site betting shops function just like your typical high-street betting shops do, so you can bet on anything.
Unlike racecourse bookmakers who offer you odds – or prices – for betting on each horse in a race, the Tote offers you a pool bet. This means it pools together the money it receives from bets on a given race and, similar to the National Lottery, shares this out among customers with winning tickets.
That means that the fewer people who bet on your horse compared to others in the race, the greater the percentage of the pool you will receive if it wins!
The Tote has a minimum bet of £2. Other bookmakers vary, but if they have a minimum this will be clearly displayed. If in doubt, just ask them!
Betting online with our Official Betting Partners
With Jockey Club Wi-Fi, you are able to access a range of betting partners to place an online bet. Sign up to see which bookmakers are partnering with us.
Find out more about betting and picking a winner at racingexplained.co.uk
What if I win?
Congratulations! But don’t get carried away just yet – wait for the “Weighed in!” announcement that tells you the Jockeys have weighed in with their kit and saddle and the result of the race has been made official. Then you can go back to your bookmaker to hand over your ticket and collect your winnings.
If you bet online, your account will automatically be credited with your winnings.