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How to work out horse racing bets

Horse racing is a sport that takes place almost every day of the week. Whether it be flat or jump racing, it’s full of excitement and offers gamblers some great betting opportunities. This article will look at the different kind of bets that you can place on horse racing and how they differ from each other. This includes

  • How to place horse racing bets
  • Singles
  • Accumulators
  • System Bets
  • Forecast betting
  • Ante Post Bets

How to place horse racing bets

Almost all online sports betting sites give horse racing a great deal of coverage. They will cover races that take place all over the world. This includes the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, South Africa, Hong Kong, Dubai and the USA. It doesn’t matter if it’s a low-class race or one of the best in the world, online sportsbooks will offer odds on them.

Each site will have a section that is dedicated to horse racing. Clicking on the link to this page will see you supplied with all the information that you need. Each race will have its own page with the current odds displayed. You will see that there are several different type of bets that can be made and we will now explain them to you.


The most common horse racing bet is a single.  This involves placing a bet on just one horse, for example Presenting Percy to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Click on the odds of the selection you wish to make and this will place it in the bet slip. Then decide the stake you wish to make, check that all the details are correct and then place the bet and hope for the best.


Rather than placing a bet on one horse to win a race, you may decide to put cash on several horses and races. For example, a win double sees you placing a bet on two horses to win two different races. Both will need to win for you to receive a return. You could place an each-way double, with this you need both horses to be placed in their races (for example, finish in the top three) for a return. The more selections you make, the more you can win. However, the odds will increase and that makes it more difficult to get a win.

System betting

The problem with win accumulators is the need for all of them to win for you to get a return. With system bets such as patents, Lucky 15’s, Yankees and a Trixie, you select a number of horses and if one of them is a winner, you will receive a return. Several online sports betting sites will offer bonuses if you have an all-correct system bet.

Forecast Betting

Forecast betting can see you get some great wins. A straight forecast sees you needing to successfully predict the horse that will win the race and the one that will finish second. You can also place a dual forecast, this is two bets on two horses and if they are the first two to finish, you win,

Even higher odds are available if placing a Tricast bet. This sees you needing to predict the first three home in the right order. A permutation bet can be placed, so if the three chosen selections are the first three home in any order, then a big win has been achieved.

Ante Post Betting

You don’t just have to bet on the races that are taking place today or tomorrow. It is possible to bet on a race that isn’t even being run this year. For example, the Epsom Derby is a race for three-year olds. The year before, you can bet on the top two-year-olds to win that great race. Ante-post betting can see you get some great odds on a selection whose odds may well fall by the time the actual race takes place.

You can see therefore that horse racing is a sport that has a fantastic range of bets that can be made. Make sure that you do some research before making your selections to give yourself a great chance of getting a winner.

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