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The Jockey Club

Racing’s Basics Explained

Everything you need to know about horseracing.



Racing Explained is here to help you make sense of the world of horseracing. From understanding odds to training racehorses, this is the encyclopaedia of everything you need to know about the sport.


It can be a confusing world for beginners and first-time racegoers, so we’ve provided answers to all of the most common questions to help you understand what’s going on during your day at the races and beyond.

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A Day At The Races

The Jockey Club explains what you can expect from a day at the races, from the action on the track to what to wear and do on a raceday.

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Understand odds and demystify the different types of bets you can make in racing.

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Flat Racing

Find out more about the races, rules and regulations in the lucrative sport of Flat racing.

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Jump Racing

Discover more about the history of Jump racing and the rules and races within it.

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Get to know the teams behind the horses to discover what makes a champion.

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Learn about the daily lives, balanced diets and training regimes of the mighty racehorse.

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Gain an understanding of racing terms here.

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