Did you think that all horse races were run on grass? Think again. In this country turf is the most common surface type but in hotter climates dirt is much more commonplace. There are even synthetic surfaces being used these days too.
All weather surfaces might be a new concept for some readers, but in fact the first ever race held on an all weather surface was way back in 1966 in the USA. These days it is a much more viable idea, but it does have its setbacks and it isn't always popular with more traditional racing fans.
BetVictor offer punters a way to get better returns on their bet by predicting not just the winning horse but the winning distance too. Ideal when the odds on a dead cert are not much cop, or if you just fancy a challenge.
It's not just the horses that you can bet on with horse racing, but the men and women riding and training them too. There are prizes for the most successful in their field, and there are prizes for punters who can predict the winners of these competitions too.
The placepot, when used well, can offer up huge returns if it comes in. It's a bet that offers a greater chance to win but getting the balance right is key. Spend too much & you could lose value, spend too little & your chances decrease significantly.
Arguably one of the more misunderstood elements of horse racing, the methods of and reasons behind adding extra weight to a runner make perfect sense once you look into them. This article explains all.
The form guide can be an overwhelming sight if you don't know what you are looking at, but once you have learned a few simple codes it becomes the key to finding the perfect horse to bet on. Yet it doesn't always tell the full story.
Choosing whether or not to take the starting price is a gamble in itself; will the price lengthen or shorten? But what exactly is the starting price, how is it formed, and is there a way to ensure you get the best odds?
Offer the great British public a chance to win big for low stakes & you will likely have a hit on your hands. That was certainly the case with the Tote Jackpot. But unlike the lottery, a combination of knowledge & research can squeeze increased value from this bet.
The draw might be random, but the effect it could have on the outcome of some races is undeniable. However, draw bias data isn't quite as cut and dry as it might first appear, and in some cases it ceases to be a factor at all. Learn how to tell the difference here.
Taking the unnamed favourite might sound like a silly idea considering you have no idea which horse you are betting on at the time you place your bet, but if you know what you are doing it can actually be quite the savvy move.
Most horse racing markets a fairly short lived, but the Winning Distances market can often span all of the races at a day's meeting. When you throw spread betting into the mix there is potential for big rewards, as well as bigger losses.
Guessing the outcome of 6 races on the trot is no mean feat, but if you manage it then a share of the scoop6 dividend is yours. This weekly bet has proved incredibly popular thanks to the low stakes & high potential return, but you don't actually need to be spot on to win.
The most common and most easy to understand horse racing bet of them all, the race winner market. This one has been around since the dawn of time, but the art of actually finding a winner is not so easy, and getting the very best price is another factor to consider when betting on this market.
When the going gets tough, the horses don't usually run. That might not as catchy a phrase as the one used in the 1988 Billy Ocean song, but it's certainly true of UK horse racing. But what exactly is 'the going' and how does it affect a race?
Unlike a lady, you should always ask a horse's age. It is much more than just a number and can even dictate which races the horse is allowed to enter. Using this information alongside a form guide is vital, and can be a good way to spot any red herrings or hidden gems.
Improving on the already popular Each Way betting market, Betfair offer their customers an 'Edge' by allowing them to customise the number of places included in the each way bet. This gives punters total control, but there are some terms to be aware of.
For those races that have a clear favourite at odds so short it is hardly worth betting at all, the betting without market comes into its own. This market allows you to find value in the race by removing the favourite from your bet and evening out the field. Here's how it works.
To the uninformed there might only seem to be the simplest of differences between flat and jumps racing, but horse racing is an incredibly nuanced sport and these sometimes subtle differences are what what make it so exciting from a betting point of view.