Do you like horses but never attended a race? Are you considering turning your passion into profit through sports betting? Then learning more about horse racing and betting for the big bucks at the races could be your best bet. Perhaps this won’t be the easiest thing to do, but this friendly guide to the horse races could be your starting point. Let’s see what you should know before attending an event.
A quick guide to the various types of bets
Horse racing comes with a variety of bets; for starters, there are three common types you should consider:
- Win: Means that the horse you bet to win actually wins the race. And consequently, you win the bet.
- Place: Makes a great choice if you’re confident that your horse will win one of the first two places, but you don’t know which one.
- Show: If you think the horse you bet on will definitely win one of the first three places, it doesn’t matter which one, you should choose this type of bet.
Sure, there are many other types of bets, but these three are the easiest and most straightforward, especially for beginners.
Do your homework
Before even going to the race, try to find out as much as possible about the event. Races are usually held on dirt tracks, grass, or artificial surfaces. Some horses are accustomed to all these, while some may love one kind of surface over the others.
Once you know what kind of racetrack it is, check the horses and try to find out as much as possible about their past performance on the given surface. Horses and surfaces aside, check out the jockey, too. Jockeys will always care about their reputation. So, if you see that a particularly good jockey is riding an allegedly mediocre horse, there are good chances that the horse will actually win. If you don’t want to risk it all, go for a place or show kind of bet. Alternatively, bet on more than one horse to increase your odds.
Watch the horses
Betting on horses can happen from home, thanks to the many online portals or directly at live events. In the latter circumstance, it is always a good thing to go to the paddocks and watch the horses before deciding.
Even the favourites can have bad days. Watching a horse before the race can tell you whether the horse is ready for the event or rather on the stressed side.
Place your bet
At this stage, you should already have a clear idea of what horse you want to bet on. So, all you have to do is give the teller all the details about your race, the number or name of the horse you want to bet on as well as the bet amount.
That’s it. Now, watch the race and wait for the results to come. If you’ve done it right, chances are you’ll win at least the as much as you invested.