Horse racing remains one of the biggest spectator sports across the world and continues to attract millions of followers each year. Consuming the sport is a regular pastime for many people and betting on races remains a huge part of its success.
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) March 10, 2015
The Grand National remains hugely popular in the UK, with punters flooding to betting shops around the country whilst the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes draw huge crowds and audiences in the USA. These glamour events may only come around every twelve months but horse racing continues week in, week out with bookmakers taking huge amounts of money on each event.
Picking a winner provides a huge thrill and reading form is a hugely desirable skill. The excitement of seeing your horse battling for supremacy yards from the finishing line is unrivalled and sets the pulse racing. Collecting your winnings afterwards is even better!
Owners and trainers can make a decent living from picking out specific races for their horses. Factors which have to be considered by trainers and punters alike including ground conditions, distance and undulations of the individual course. Trainers such as Aidan O’Brien have achieved huge success in the sport and send a string of horses to numerous venues throughout the course of the year. The Irish trainer has numerous runners in the prestigious Irish 100 Guineas this year, with Rehana being tipped for a successful run by experts and can be backed at around 11/2 for victory in the contest.
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) May 23, 2017
Horses can be backed as a ‘Single’, in which they are required to cross the line in first place for the bet to be successful. ‘Each Way’ betting will offer returns if it finishes 2nd, 3rd or, on occasion, fourth (for fields of 16 or more runners). Accumulators feature four or more selections, whilst betting on the Tote allows punters to keep an interest across every race at a particular course.
Newspapers will often feature stories of lucky punters who have remarkably managed to select nine or more winning horses securing a huge seven-figure payout. This is a rare occurrence, however, and it’s often better to make small profits over a longer period of time.
Betting in moderation on the sport is a huge part of the thrill of following racing and it’s now easier than ever to get started and place a wager on a number of events all around the world.