Kempton Park Winter Festival

The 32Red Winter Festival is the highlight of the national hunt season at Kempton Park Racecourse. The 12 high-class hurdle and steeple chase races that take place over the 2 days just starting on Boxing Day make many people’s Christmas.

All races taking place during this years festival are sponsored by 32Red, a British online casino company. If you have never heard of 32Red before they also have a sports betting product, so that means that great odds are guaranteed for all fixtures. Antepost odds have also been available for weeks in advance on the two-day meeting’s feature races.

Day One Races
The first day of the festival is truly packed with great national hunt racing fixtures. It stages the Bonus Novice’s Hurdle Race, the Feltham Novices’ Steeple Chase, the Christmas Hurdle, the King George VI Chase, another novice’s chase and a handicap race.
Day Two Races
The second day hosts the Blackjack Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle, the Novices’ Steeple Chase, the Bingo Mares Only Handicap Hurdle, the most anticipated Desert Orchid Steeple Chase, the Bonus 25 Handicap Steeple Chase and the Casino Handicap Hurdle. The day features one of the most valuabe races run at Kempton park.

The 32Red Winter Festival is the perfect race meeting to head to on Boxing Day. It’s a family occasion so you can get your fix of the racing whilst celebrating with those close to you as the Winter Wonderland delivers everything you could possibly ask for, with entertainment for all ages.

It’s a great way to wrap up your holiday season, tickets are available now.

Find out the latest Winter Festival News

Who’s Running in the King George VI Chase 2019?

As the King George VI Chase will be the highlight of some peoples Boxing Day in 2019, we’re going to run you through the main contenders for this year’s race and reveal where you can watch the race.

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Taking a look at the latest odds over the last few weeks, we can see that last years winner, Might Bite is standing his ground and has remain the bookies favourite to win the race for a second consecutive year.

11 horses are still in the running to compete in the race after the brilliant Champion Chase hero Altior has been taken out.

Might Bite is the 2019 Favourite

At the time of writing Nicky Henderson’s charge is the favourite to win the Boxing Day showpiece. The chaser was soundly beaten at Haydock but despite running a disappointing race during the Betfair Chase, Nicky Henderson hasn’t yet lost the faith and he is still the odds on favourite.

Never heard of Might Bite? Here is a bit of information on him:

  • He won the 2018 King George VI Chase
  • He is a nine-year-old thoroughbred racehorse.
  • He won the RSA Chase at Cheltenham by a nose in a dramatic finish at the Festival in 2017
  • In 2018 he finished second in the Gold Cup.
  • He won the Betway Bowl at the Aintree Festival
  • He failed to win the Betfair Chase – often seen as a trial for this race.
  • His trainer Henderson has won many of the Grade 1 prizes on offer over the jumps and is widely regarded as one of the best trainers around.

The other Runners

Might Bite is set to renew a rivalry with Bristol DE Mai who won the Betfair Chase twice along with runner up at Haydock Park last month and last seasons Cheltenham Cup winner Native River.

The 2016 King George winner Thistlecrack, who came third in the Betfair Chase will be running.

Ruth Jefferson’s stable star Waiting Patiently is one of the bookies favourite to make a real attempt at the title.

Politologue and and Clan Des Obeaux, both trained by Paul Nicholls will be racing. Nicholls’ has had a record nine previous winners of the King George – including the awesome five-times victor Kauto Star. Politologue and Clas Des Obeaux are set to fire a twin assault at this year’s renewal with. It will be Politologue’s first time trying the three miles. He is one of the bookie favourites at this stage.

Jane Williams-trained Tea For Two is at the bottom of the odds list. Favouring slightly better are Tom George’s last year’s runner up Double Shuffle and Mark Bradstock’s 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree.

Gordon Elliott’s mare Shattered Love is also in the remaining pack – the last Irish trained winner was Kicking King in 2005.

11 remaining entries:

Might Bite
Bristol De Mai
Politologue
Coneygree
Native River
Thistlecrack
Waiting Patiently
Clan Des Obeaux
Double Shuffle
Shattered Love
Tea For Two

Where to Watch the Big Race

You can watch the race live on ITV! or via one of the best betting apps for horse racing bets.

Major Racing Events – A List of Meetings That are Worth Having a Bet On

Major Racing EventsDuring both the flat and the jumps seasons there are a plethora of exciting races for all to enjoy.  Whether you like to take a trip to the race course or watch the meeting live online the year is packed with exciting horse racing meetings for you to have a punt on.

Major Horse Meetings

  • Cheltenham Festival – The pinnacle of the calendar. This annual event is the most bet on festival of the year.
  • Winter Derby @ Lingfield
  • Aintree Grand National – the race that everyone has a punt on. Even your Grandma!
  • Scottish Grand National @ AyrCraven Meeting @ Newmarket
  • Gold Cup Celebration @ Sandown Park
  • Guineas Meeting
  • Chester’s May Festival
  • Dante Meeting @ York
  • Epsom Derby Meeting
  • Royal Ascot
  • Northumberland Plate
  • Eclipse Meeting
  • Newmarket’s July Meeting
  • King George Day @ Ascot
  • Glorious Goodwood
  • Ebor Festival – York
  • Sprint Cup @ Haydock Park
  • St. Leger Meeting @ Doncaster
  • Western Meeting @ Ayr
  • Ascot’s September Festival
  • Cambridgeshire Meeting @Newmarket
  • Newmarket’s October Meeting
  • Champions Day @Ascot
  • Racing Post Trophy @ Doncaster
  • The Open @ Cheltenham
  • North West Masters @ Haydock & Aintree
  • Hennessy Meeting @ Newbury
  • Tingle Creek Meeting @Sandown Park
  • Winter Festival @ Kempton – Another race that non bettor get excited about take pace during the Winter Months. The King George VI Chase is a very popular race to bet on.
  • Welsh National @ Chepstow

Betting

Betting on the horses is as old as the sport itself. If you are going to have a punt on one of these major events did you know that you can claim a new customer offer such as a free bet when you open an account with a new bookmaker.

Also every bookmaker who is worth his salt has created an online portal and subsequently an horse betting app so it’s customers can have a bet on the move.

King George VI Chase 2019: Betting Offers, Tips & More

The highlight of Boxing day (26th Dec) and the festive period for many is the King George VI Chase which takes place during the Winter Festival at Kempton Park.  It is now the second most prestigious chase in England, surpassed only by the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The race is currently sponsored by the 32Red bookmaking firm.

The race is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres). There are eighteen fences to be jumped.

The inaugural race took place on the February 1937, and it was named in honour of the new British monarch, King George VI.

Betting

This is a race that attracts many recreational bettors to have a punt on the race. Installing a horse betting app or registering with an online bookmaker are the methods used by many to place a bet on the race.

Free Bets

There are always some superb free bets and other sign up offers available for new customers. Ahead of major meetings the betting sites occasionally release special offers to attract new accounts. We’ll list them below should there be any special offers.

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Promotions & Offers for Existing Customers

In addition to new customer freebies, the bookies like to look after their existing customers with special promotional deals. These are in addition to the superb horse racing promotions that run all year round. As soon as the specials are released for Kempton we will list them below.

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Enhanced Place Terms

It’s not really an offer but a number of bookies pay extra places the big races. Bookies as standard are paying out each way bets at 3 places @ 1/5 odds. As race day draws closer there is a chance that extra places will be available with offers such as enhanced each way odds. Again, we will list if any bookies are paying extra places on the King George VI Chase.

The usual number of places paid for this race is two places, but a number of bookmakers including bet365 have enhanced the number of places they are paying.

>> bet365 are paying 3 places @ 1/4 odds on each way bets on the King George VI Chase

Where can I watch the Race Live?

If you’ve placed your bet on the King George VI Steeplechase and now you want to see how your horse gets on you’re in luck as their are plenty of options for you to choose from.

TV
You can watch the race live on terrestrial TV, with the big-race action covered live on ITV. The dedicated satellite channel Racing UK (Sky 432/Freeview 231) covers races hosted at Kempton Park. The channel can be viewed online and on mobile.

Online
You can also watch the ace live online with bookmakers that offer live streaming of the racing. Most firms give you the option of watching your races live after you’ve placed your bets, providing the stake is more than a given amount. Which is always handy if you are out and about on Boxing Day and want to watch the race live or withdraw any winnings straight away.

Odds

Antepost odds are available for this race now at all of the leading betting sites.

Runners

Last years Nicky Henderson trained horse Might Bite is having a second go at the race. He’s leading the odds, will he win the race like the bookies are expecting or will he be pipped at the post by Waiting Patiently, Presenting Percy or Native River?

Betting Tips

It’s getting quite close to race day with the Christmas season being almost upon us. The bookies and tipsters will be getting ready to write their articles that are full of tips. We especially like bet365 and 888sport for blog posts with racing tips.

In the run up to big races, trainers and owners like to get the horse to run in a trial race to test the waters and see how the horse and jockey will preform. The 3m Betfair Chase run at Haydock Park (24th Nov) is often the trial race for Kempton. Take a look at the winner and the horse that contested the race.  Previously nine of the last 16 winner took the race before heading to Kempton’s winter festival.

Records

There have been a number of records set in recent years. Nichols could be worth looking out for as well as Nicky Henderson who trained last years winner. Fourteen horses have won it more than once, Desert Orchid won it four times and Kauto Star won it five times.

Most successful horse (5 wins):

  • Kauto Star – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Ruby Walsh – Kauto Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Paul Nicholls – riding More Business (1997, 1999), Kauto Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), Silviniaco Conti (2013, 2014)

Past Winners

2017 – Might Bite (6/4 fav)
2016 – Thistlecrack (11/10 fav)
2015 – Cue Card (9/2)
2014 – Silviniaco Conti (15/8 fav)
2013 – Silviniaco Conti (7/2)
2012 – Long Run (15/8 fav)
2011 – Kauto Star (3/1)
2010 – Long Run (9/2)
2009 – Kauto Star (8/13 fav)
2008 – Kauto Star (10/11 fav)
2007 – Kauto Star (4/6 fav)
2006 – Kauto Star (8/13 fav)
2005 – Kicking King (11/8 fav) (*Run at Sandown Park)
2004 – Kicking King (3/1 fav)
2003 – Edredon Bleu (25/1)
2002 – Best Mate (11/8 fav)

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019: Everything you need to Know

Are you looking to place a bet on the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup? Is it your first time? Are you looking for a step by step guide? Would you like a free bet?

If the answer to the above questions is correct you have landed on the correct site.

The Gold Cup is the pinnacle event of the Cheltenham Festival and the Jumping season. The grade 1 race takes place on the fourth day of the festival. The National Hunt horse race is run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England, over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs. 22 fences are jumped during the race.

Betting on the Cheltenham Festival and the Gold Cup is quite prolific. Anyone who likes to place a bet has one on the Gold Cup.

If you’re a novice follow our guide to placing a bet on this superb race. There is a FAQ section further down the page which answers all of your questions you might have about the racing calender’s major race.

Placing a Bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Here is everything you need to know about placing a bet on one of the most thrilling races of the season.

You only need to do five things to place a bet using an online betting site:

  1. Select your favoured horse(s) from the list of runners and riders and note their name(s) and number(s).
  2. Decide the amount – or stake – you are comfortable to bet with.
  3. Choose the type of bet you would like to place.
  4. Decide which betting operator you are going to place your bet with – Open an account with your chosen horse betting site .
  5. Read the terms and conditions of any free bet offers the bookie has available
  6. Navigate to the racing section and scroll through until you see the correct coupon, if you are placing your bet days, weeks or month ahead of the big race the coupon will be located in the antepost section
  7. Click on the odds that correspond with your chosen horse, this will complete the betting slip for you then,
  8. Enter your stake – you will be able to see you potential return
  9. Tell the betting operator the horse’s number, the amount you want to bet and the type of bet eg “Number 5, £5 each-way”

FAQ

When is the 2019 Gold Cup?

The race takes place at 3.30pm on Friday 15th March 2019. It is the final championship race and it takes place on day four, the Gold Cup day of the festival

How Long is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The race is run over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs.

Which Course is Used?

The race takes place on the New Course

How Many Fences are Jumped?

22 fences are jumped during the race.

What Kind of Race is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The jockeys lead the horses over 22 fences, this is a pinnacle race in the National Hunt calendar.

How Old are the Horses?

The race is open to horses aged five years and over.

What is the Prize Money?

The prize fund for the Gold Cup is over £600,000! Last year’s winner Native River took home £369,821 for finishing first.

Which bookies are Best Odds Guaranteed?

This hasn’t been confirmed yet but as soon as they do we will be sure to let you know. It is usual for most of the big bookies to go BOG on the Gold Cup.

Which bookies are paying extra places?

Again, this has not yet been confirmed but we will be sure to up date you as soon as we know.

What are the Latest Odds?

Antepost betting odds are available now for anyone who fancies placing theirs bets in advance to get better odds ahead of the crowd. All of the leading bookies have their odds available now.

Which jockeys and trainers have won the Gold Cup the most? 

The roll of honour features the names of such chasers as Arkle, Best Mate, Golden Miller, Kauto Star and Mill House. There haven’t been any record holders for most successful horse, leading jockey or trainer. But winning horses have been generally 7 or 8 years old.

Where Can I Find Out the Latest News?

Many of the bookmakers have a blog where you can find the latest about horses, jockeys and trainers looking to take part in the big race. bet365 and 888sport are our favourite bookmakers far racing news. The Cheltenham Racecourse website is also a great source of information.

Where can I watch the race live online?

The race will be shown live on Racing TV and ITV. But if you are placing a bet then why not watch it with one of the leading online bookmakers and then you can watch it on your mobile device and withdraw your winnings as soon as you see the winner confirmed.

Who Won the 2018 Race?

The last renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup was won in fine style by the Colin Tizzard-trained Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson in a thrilling race fending off the challenge from Might Bite, trained by Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson.

What is the Gold Cup made of?

The original 1924 Cheltenham Gold Cup weighs 644 grams of nine carat gold. It is plated in 18 carat gold to give it a rich colour . This trophy has not been seen since 1972, but after many years being stored in a bank vault, the owner has returned it to the Cheltenham Racecourse for future jockeys to receive.

Are there are any Special Offers or Promotions available for the Race?

In addition to new customer free bet offers there are generally a plethora of specials released in the run up to the big race. We will be sure to let you know as soon as they are released.

What is Gold Cup day schedule?

  • 13.30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 14.10 The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
  • 14.50 The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle
  • 15.30 The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • 16.10 The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
  • 16.50 The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
  • 17.30 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual

Are there any Top Betting Tips for the Big Race?

It’s a bit early for tips, but check back nearer the race day and we’ll let you know where you and find out the latest top tips.

When was the First Race? 

The inaugural race took place in 1928. There has been a race every year since, with the exception of 2001, 1943-44, 1937 and 1931.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Sites: 2019 Offers, Specials & Promotions

Find the betting site that’s got the best offers, superb specials, who’s gone non runner no bet and the bookies who offer best odds guaranteed and more. Gamble on the Cheltenham Festival with the best!

Are you looking for the best online betting sites to place your bets on the 2019 Cheltenham Festival with? If the answer is yes, look no further as we reveal the leading online bookmakers to place your bets with.  Whether you are looking for the bookmaker with the best odds, greatest offers, superb betting features or the one with the best overall betting site / app you will find the one most suited to your needs listed below.

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most thrilling, fascinating and enthralling weeks in the racing calendar. Large amounts of money are gambled during Cheltenham Festival week, with hundreds of millions of pounds being bet over the week. Hence, every bookmaker with an interest in the racing will be preparing for this week for a full year in advance. They release antepost odds on to their sites as well as their horse betting apps for all of the major Cheltenham races almost 12 months in advance.

Ahead of the event bookmakers release a plethora of offers and promotions, many go non runner no bet, some offer live streaming of the races and others have the best betting features such as cash out for this exciting week of racing. It is no easy decision choosing who to place your bets with but over the years we have had good and bad experiences with online bookmakers and have created out list of those who have best betting sites for this huge event.

Best Special Offers, Free Bets & Promotions

Free Bets

Open a new account with these bookmakers and have the chance to claim a free bet, bonus or some other kind of sign up offer.

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Best Odds Guaranteed

These betting sites have gone best odds guaranteed on the indicated races. BOG Cheltenham bookies have not been released yet. Check back soon.

Non Runner No Bet

The betting sites listed below are non runner no bet for the indicated Cheltenham races.  NRNB bookies have not been released yet. Check back soon.

Cheltenham Festival FAQ

When is the Festival?

The festival takes place annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The meeting usually coincides with Saint Patrick’s Day, and is particularly popular with Irish visitors.

Where can I watch the Races online?

If you want to have a bet on the races, a bookmaker such as bet365 that offers live streaming of the racing would be a good one to sign up with. Then you can watch live streaming live via the mobile app or site.

If you’re not having a punt, then the races are shown live on channel 4.

When is the 2019 Festival?

The 2019 Cheltenham Festival will begin at 13:30 on Tuesday 12th March and ends on Friday 15th March

Who is the Best Cheltenham Jockey?

In recent years Ruby Walsh has dominated the festival. The top jockey for the festival is the jockey who wins the most races over the four days. The winners since 2008 (number of wins in brackets):

  • 2018 Davy Russell (4)
  • 2017 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2016 Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2015 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2014 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2013 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2012 Barry Geraghty (5)
  • 2011 Ruby Walsh (5)
  • 2010 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2009 Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2008 Ruby Walsh (3)

 

Who is the Number One Trainer?

Willie Mullins has been hugely successful in recent years, but Elliott has won the last two years.  The leading trainer for the festival is the trainer who trains the most winners in the races over the four days. The winners since 1997 are listed below, (number of wins in brackets):

  • 2018 Gordon Elliott (8)
  • 2017 Gordon Elliott (6)
  • 2016 Willie Mullins (7)
  • 2015 Willie Mullins (8)
  • 2014 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2013 Willie Mullins (5)
  • 2012 Nicky Henderson (7)
  • 2011 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2010 Nicky Henderson (3)

Cheltenham Festival Background

Betting on the Cheltenham festival gets exciting as the best and the bravest horses and jockeys, nervous and excited trainers and owners, excited bettors and a wide cast of human characters who come together every year determined to have the time of their lives.

For racing’s practitioners, Festival glory provides lifelong memories that will never fade and defines careers.

Bettors witness the sheer elation of winning connections as they get great returns from there Cheltenham festival bets seeing dreams fulfilled and years of planning and effort coming to fruition.

The Cheltenham festival is one of those rare betting events that engages everyone who comes into contact with it, never failing to produce award-winning drama, enjoyment, camaraderie and sporting excellence in a cocktail for which no hangover cure is required. It truly is a life affirming four days for those that place bets on the Cheltenham festival.

Remember there are some great Cheltenham festival promotions including free bets and non runner no bet offers that are waiting for you! Take a look up the page for the best offers for Cheltenham Festival betting.

Types of Horse Racing Bets

If you have read our guide on how to place a bet on the horses, you will also be interested in our guide to the types of bets you can place. The types of bets you can place range from a simple bet on a single horse in one race to choosing the winning horse in five consecutive races. The table below lists your options.

Types Of Racing Bets

Bet TypeDefinition
ShowYour horse must finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd;
Each WayYour horse must finish 1st or 2nd. In certain races the number of places paid out on can be up to 7 for example in the Grand National.

This is another hugely popular bet is to back a horse each way. This is effectively two bets, with one going on the horse to win and the other going on it to “place”. The place portion of your bet pays out at a fraction of the main odds and again this varies but is usually 1/4.
WinYour horse must finish 1st. The simplest and probably most common is the win bet. You are backing the horse to win the race.
Quinella Your horses must finish 1st and 2nd in either order; a normal play is to box three horses
Straight Forecast (Exacta)Pick the top two horses in a race, in the correct finishing order.
Reverse ForecastThe simplest form of a combination forecast bet, allowing you to select two contenders to finish 1st and 2nd in a race in any order.
Tricast (Trifecta)Your horses must finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in exact order
SuperfectaYour horses must finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th; hard to bet
unless you have a sizeable bankroll; big payoff possible
Daily DoubleYour horses must win the two consecutive races; chance for a nice payoff with mid-priced horses
Pick 3 Your horses must win three consecutive races; it’s a daily double plus another race
Pick 4Your horses must win four consecutive races; chance for a big score for a modest amount
Pick 6Your horses must win six consecutive races; very expensive to play; huge payoffs possible

Few subjects can be much more confusing for the newcomer to horse racing and the types of bets available. The most confusing to most is the each-way bet.

Bets can be placed on the day of a race or you can place a wager on an event that is some way in the future this is called ante-post betting. When placing ante-post bets the same principles of seeking value and of staking sensibly apply. Ante-post markets are only available for the big races each year. At the big meetings those placing ante-post bets are trying to find a winner some time in davnace of the race. Bets are being placed weeks or even months in advance. The horses and jockeys form is not known, the horse may fall lame, the jockey brake a limb. There is so much unknown information when it comes to placing an ante-post bet. For the big races, some bookies go non-runner no bet which entices some bettors to ante-post bets.

The bets listed above can all be used to place some superb bets on the horse racing all season long. Whether you fancy a bet on top markets like Ascot, Kemp or one of the other 202 Horse Racing venues.

Any of the horse betting apps listed on our site will give you access to over 238 Horse Racing bets. You’ll be able to choose a market, such as Antepost, Win, or Place and place a bet at the odds set by the bookie. All the app have markets like Champion Hurdle, Gold Cup and the Grand National available at some of the best odds in the industry.

You can also bet on who will be the Top GB NH Jockey 2018/19, eg you can back Richard Johnson to win.

There are special markets you can place a win bet on. Specials include bets such as will win the 2000 Guineas and The Derby. Another example is who will win the Flat Jockeys Championship in 2019.

If you’re new to horse racing you can claim a sign up offer from a number of online bookies. You can use free bonuses to place a Horse Racing matched bet on any market to obtain a low-risk profit.

How To Bet on the Horses

A guide for first time horse racing bettors who are totally new to the world of online sports betting. Learn everything you need to know about betting on the horses in order to have the best chance to withdraw money from your sportsbook. This beginners guide covers all of the basics so you will be able to confidently place a bet on the horses this week.

Gambling is, by its very nature, a risk-ridden way to fill your time or even to try and make money. But, when done sensibly, it can also be a fun and exciting addition to watching sport. Knowing the best way to bet on the horses can either make or ruin your experience. The first time people have a go is usually at a track on a work outing or with a bunch of friends. It can be a great day out. Especially if you take some funds that you plan to lose, look at it as a way of paying for entertainment. You pay to go to the cinema, so paying to have fun watching your selected horse run around the track is exactly the same. If your horse wins it’s bonus. But never chase a loss and never wager more money than you can afford.

Know the Horses Inside Out

It goes to say that if you’re going to put money on a horse to win a race, you need to know about the track, the ground, the competition as well as the horses form, the jockey’s fitness and how the trainer’s history.

These details will help you to make and informed bet and will better prepare you for spotting good-value markets.

Betting Tools That Will be Helpful
The tools you will need will vary on whether you’re going to a track or you’re placing an online bet. Those of you going to the track might need to add a coat, umbrella or even sunscreen to your list of tools.

Wherever you plan to place your bets the list of tools below will be useful:

  • Access to the Race Card
  • – this gives a list of the horses & jockeys competing in the race. If you use the bookies race card, the odds will be provided as well.

  • Form Guide
  • – This provides the past performances of the horses running in the race. As well as information on the jockeys, trainers, and owners. Many online bookmakers provide this information for free.

  • Public handicappers selection
  • – A handicapper often makes daily selections. The bookmakers racing blooger often makes selections each day. 888sports racing blog is especially good for this.

  • Tip sheets
  • – There are tipsters found all over the internet. Some people pay for daily racing tips but bookmakers bloggers often provide their tips for free.

The Favourite Doesn’t Always Win

This is true of every sport, but especially so for the horses. It does seem an obvious point but it is difficult for any punter to ignore the price bookies have given.

Don’t just stick to one bookmaker – shop around
Odds vary from site to site. Although the bigger bookies offer best odds guaranteed on certain races through out the year. If you’re not betting with a best odds guaranteed bookie or a qualifying race, quickly compare the odds available at a couple of bookies before placing your bet.

In addition to this, betting promotions are often available so it is always wise to place your bets with the site offering the best promotion for your selected race.

Doing both of these things will ensure you get the best value from your bet.

How To Place a Bet

We have an in depth guide here that explains how to place a bet on sport in general. But as a quick overview, navigate your chosen betting site to find the racing, then navigate to the days racing, select the track you are interested in and then the race you want. Chose your horse. It will be added to the betting slip. Next enter the amount you would like to bet and click on the ‘place bet now’ button.

Choosing A Betting Site

Shopping for an online sportsbook is like looking for a new car: there are a ton of options found when you search Google or the app stores and if you do a bit of research you will be pleased with the choice you make. However it can be time consuming to find the one that’s perfect for betting on the horses with. So it can be wise to visit a site like ours that advises which are the best horse betting apps.

Some Random Facts that Might be Useful

Regardless of whether you’re betting for fun or to win a few quid you will want to put yourself in the best position to win. The facts and stats below can help you better your chances.

  • Each bookmaker has a blog, have a read of the racing section and see if you can pick up a few good tips.
  • The top ten riders in the jockey standings win about 90% of the races run during the meet.
  • Favourites horses win about 33% of the time, although at a low payoff.