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Bet on Horse Racing at Betiton™, Britain’s New Bookmaker

We know how much our British players love wagering on horse racing, which is exactly why we’ve done all that we can to provide you with plenty of markets on horses. In fact, we offer markets on all of the biggest equestrian events in the UK!

Feel free to view our range of markets on horses. However, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to find markets available on massive meetings like the Grand National, the Epsom Derby, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, and the Ascot Gold Cup.

But why should you bet on horses at Betiton™ Online Sportsbook UK? Well, Betiton™ is a secure and safe platform that you can trust with your money. Finally, we also provide a shedload of benefits for our players, including a welcome bonus for our new members.

However, if you’re new to sports betting and online sportsbooks, you might be confused as to how everything works. Not to worry, however, as we’ll explaining everything you need to know to be able to start your sports wagering journey.

The First Step to Betting: What Are Horse Racing Markets?

Markets are what you’ll be wagering on in a sportsbook as they’re the bets that bookmakers offer on sports. These can be on any sport as well as on anything that can happen in the particular sport you’re placing a stake on.

For example, if you’re going to be wagering on equestrian events, you can play a stake on the horses that you think will come first, second, and third. We’ll be going over some other examples of markets in the coming section.

Choose Your Bet! Horse Racing Markets at Betiton™

There are plenty of markets and odds that we at Betiton™ have on offer for you. Whichever equestrian event or racehorse you want to stake on, you can be sure to find it, as our vast range of markets makes sure that any bet you want to play is available.

If you’d like to see for yourself, then feel free to view our range of markets. However, we’ll be explaining a couple of markets on racehorses, in case you’re new to sport wagering. So, here’s a few of the markets and their bets available at Betiton™:

  • Forecast/Tricast: a forecast is a bet made on who will make it to the top 2 positions; on the other hand, a tricast is a similar but it instead attempts to predict the top 3 positions.
  • Betting w/o Favourite: this sort of bet removes certain horses from the “field,” so to speak, as if they’re not competing at all; that is, they’re not considered for the bet. This effectively lowers the odds for all the other horses.
  • Place Only: a place only bet is a bet that predicts in which position the racehorse will finish; generally, this is within the first few top positions.

5 Terms You Should Know Before Placing Your First Bet on Horses

So, you’re eager to play a couple of bets on horses, huh? However, before you do, you should know these commonly used betting terms before placing a bet on horses. These terms refer to different sorts of wagers and their associated stakes:

  • Daily Double: a bet where you need to pick the winners of two races, usually two consecutive races.
  • Pick #: a bet where, like the daily double, you need to pick the winners of different consecutive races; however, you’ll be picking the winners of more than 2 races.
  • Exacta: for this bet, you need to pick the 1st and 2nd place finishers.
  • Trifecta: this wager requires you to pick the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
  • Superfecta: finally, this is a bet where you need to pick the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers.

There are a number of other wagers that you might encounter during your time wagering on horses on our sportsbook. However, these are by far the most common terms that you’ll come across at Betiton™ UK.

Which Races Can I Bet on? The Top 5 Equestrian Events in the UK

Now that you know a thing or two about markets, betting terms, and so on, it would also serve you well to know about what races you can bet on. And what better place to start than the biggest and most beloved races in the UK?

These events are renowned for a good reason and that’s because only the best of the very best compete. Moreover, they also tend to offer significant cash prizes for their winners! So, without further ado, these are the biggest races in the UK, and likely the world:

  • The Grand National
  • 2000 Guineas Stakes
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • The Royal Ascot
  • Epsom Derby

The Grand National

The Grand National, held at Aintree, is arguably one of the biggest steeplechases in the world. Taking place every year, this event is one that even people who usually don’t gamble will place a flutter on, just to be in on the action.

For those not in the know, a steeplechase is an obstacle race where horses have to jump over fences and other obstacles. The course is around 4 miles and 2 furlongs (a total distance of about 6.9 kilometres) long, and there are 30 fences to jump.

The huge field usually comprises 40 horses that have to run around the course twice. The Grand National is often described to be the ultimate test of both the jockey and the racehorse, and that’s because it’s a rather difficult course.

Not only do the horses have to jump over hurdle after hurdle, but the fences themselves are higher than usual steeplechases. Therefore, expect plenty of unpredictability as well as changes in the odds when wagering on this race.

The festival will be happening on the days between the 8th and 10th of April, with the Grand National itself being held on the 10th. Below, you can find a summary of everything you need to know about this meeting:

  • Event: Grand National
  • Days: 8th–10th April
  • Racecourse: Aintree
  • Location: Liverpool

2000 Guineas Stakes

Unlike the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the 2000 Guineas is a flat race. This event is held in Newmarket and is all about seeing how fast horses can run over a specified distance—specifically 1 mile (or 1.6 kilometres).

It’s the first of the five Classics of flat races, and the first race in the UK Triple Crown event, which also includes the Epsom Derby and the St Leger. It does have a little sister event too, the 1000 Guineas which, unlike the 2000 Guineas, is for fillies only.

The 2000 Guineas Stakes will be happening on the 1st of May. The 1000 Guineas Stakes, on the other hand, will happen the following day, on the 2nd of May. Below, you can find a summary of everything you need to know about this meeting:

  • Event: 2000 Guineas Stakes
  • Days: 1st–2nd May
  • Racecourse: Rowley Mile, Newmarket Racecourse
  • Location: Suffolk

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is part of the annual Cheltenham Festival. This takes place every year in March and brings a wide range of different races for viewers to enjoy. However, the main race in the event is the Gold Cup.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place on the Cheltenham racecourse, which measures about 3 miles and 2½ furlongs (around 5.3 kilometres). Throughout the course, horses have to jump over a total of 22 fences.

It’s actually the very top of the pile when it comes to National Hunt (obstacle) racing as it has not only prestige, but also the biggest cash prize purse waiting to be won. The event is a non-handicap race, unlike the Grand National.

Cheltenham Festival will be taking place between the days of 16th and 19th March, with the Gold Cup finishing it all of with a grand finale. Below, you can find a summary of everything you need to know about this meeting:

  • Event: Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • Days: 19th March
  • Racecourse: Cheltenham
  • Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

The Royal Ascot

This is the UK’s most elegant and luxurious meeting, which takes place at the Ascot Racecourse. The meeting is very appropriately called “The Royal Ascot”, especially due to the fact that the royal family attends the course for the Royal Procession!

However, that’s not where the luxuriousness of this meeting ends: the course has a very strict dress code and all of the attendees are expected to be in formal dress. Moreover, the meeting is the most valuable in the entirety of the UK.

In fact, there are several millions of pounds waiting to be won. For this reason, the finest horses in the world tend to compete in this event, so you can be sure that there’ll be some stiff competition. Take this into consideration when wagering on this event.

Finally, the most anticipated event throughout the meeting is the Gold Cup which is a flat race ran over 2 miles and 3 furlongs (slightly over 4 kilometres). This is the most important race for “stayers”, horses that perform better over long distances.

The Royal Ascot is set to take place during the days between the 15th and 19th of June. Below, you can find a summary of everything you need to know about this meeting:

  • Event: Royal Ascot
  • Days: 15th–19th June
  • Racecourse: Ascot
  • Location: Ascot, Berkshire

Epsom Derby

Last, but definitely not least, is the Epsom Derby. This is another flat race that’s open to 3-year-old horses. The Epsom Derby is run at the Epsom Downs Racecourse, over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs, and 6 yards (around 2.4 kilometres).

This is considered to be the most valuable race in the UK since it offers the largest cash prize of all. Moreover, it’s the most prestigious of the five Classics. Therefore, be prepared to witness plenty of tight competition during this illustrious event!

The Epsom Derby will be taking place during the days between the 4th and 5th of June, with the actual Derby happening on the 5th. Below, you can find a summary of everything you need to know about this meeting:

  • Event: Epsom Derby
  • Days: 4th–5th June
  • Racecourse: Epsom Downs
  • Location: Surrey

Want to Bet on Fantastic Races? A Few Reminders Before You Place Your Stake

We offer markets on all of these prestigious races and more. Feel free to have a look at our sportsbook to view our available markets. However, do remember that you need to deposit to your bankroll before being able to make a bet.

We offer plenty of secure payment methods with which to make your deposit. Moreover, new players from the UK making their first deposit can claim our welcome bonus! That’s right: our welcome bonus will give new players an extra bet.

You can claim this bonus when you make your first deposit and bet. However, before everything, it would serve you well to bear in mind that there are T&Cs that apply. Our T&Cs go over the various conditions that have to do with our welcome bonus.

These include the min amount you have to deposit, the min odds you have to bet at, and various other conditions that apply to this bonus. Therefore, as a new player, be sure to read our T&Cs as well as our bonus policy before you go to claim our welcome bonus.

What Are the Odds? Learn How to Understand Horse Racing Odds

One of the most important things you need to know about when it comes to playing a stake on horse racing, or any other sport for that matter, is the odds. If you don’t know what odds are, then you’re not going to be able to make any headway.

Odds are simply the numbers set by the bookmakers that indicate the likelihood, or probability, of an event happening, like a racehorse winning. In addition to this, the odds will also show you how much you stand to receive as returns if that event comes to pass.

With this in mind, it’s important to know what these odds mean as this will help to inform your wagering decisions, such as which horses to bet on. Finally, it’s equally good to know that odds come in a number of formats.

These formats differ in how they represent the odds and where exactly in the world they happen to be most popular. In the UK, bookmakers write odds as fractions, although elsewhere you can find them as decimals or American odds.

Fractional

As an example, a racehorse at 2/1 is a clear favourite. The lower the odds, the more likely the event is to happen, but it also means lower returns. High odds such as 50/1, on the other hand, indicate that the racehorse is an outsider and less likely to win the bet. However, if the bet is a winner, then you’ll see substantial returns.

Decimal

You can also find decimal odds on our sportsbook. This format uses decimal numbers to represent the odds, and you can intuit them by looking at the numbers. For example, odds of 1.5 are rather low, meaning that the bet will likely win but the returns will be low. Odds of 9 are quite high by comparison, meaning that the returns would be significant but the bet is unlikely to win.

Horse Racing Tips: What Are They and Can They Help You?

Tips and tipsters exist in every shape and form. Whether you are doing your annual research in order to try and stake on the next Grand National, or your placing bets on who the best horses in the Epsom Derby will be, they are a good source of inspiration.

Tips are essentially suggestions on who to stake on in a particular sport. These are given by tipsters, sports experts that spend a lot of time analysing matches, races, games, team form, etc. to offer their predictions on who might win in a competition.

These predictions are generally posted online, either for free or at a price. There are numerous tipsters out there, each with their own method. We suggest taking the time to familiarise yourself with the various tips and tipsters you can find online.

Tips and tipsters can help you decide which odds to go for but it doesn’t mean that you’ll always win, even if you do all the necessary research, which we suggest you do. Our best tip is that you never bet too much and always enjoy betting for what it is!

Other Sports to Bet On:

If playing a stake on horses isn’t exactly your cup of tea, we have plenty of other sports than you can play bets on. Feel free to take a gander at our sportsbook to view what we have available. Below you can find other sports we offer:

  • If you love wagering on horses, you should definitely consider placing a stake on The Grand National, the greatest UK equestrian event of them all!
  • An iconic game in the UK which has transformed into a world-renowned sport, playing bets on darts has never been so enjoyable.
  • The biggest sport in the world, be prepared to find a shedload markets on football on our sportsbook.
  • Is there a European event that’s as highly anticipated as the Eurovision? Hardly! Which is why we offer so many Eurovision markets for you to bet on!
  • A fast-paced sport that proves rivetting time after time, and that’s tennis. Therefore, you can rest assured that you can find plenty of available bets on tennis on our sportsbook.
  • It’ll be a cold day in July when the UK no longer enjoys wagering on rugby union! Which is exactly why we provide plenty of rugby union markets.

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FAQs

How does horse racing betting work?

This largely depends on which bet you’ve placed; for example, forecast bets required you to correctly predict who will finish in the first two positions. Overall, wagering on horses depends on which bets you choose to place, so be sure to do your research to know what the bets consist of.

What’s the difference between betting on-site and betting online?

Wagering on-site is when you actually physically attend the racecourse and bet at a bookmaker there. Wagering online, on the other hand, means that you can place a stake on a device that connects to the internet.

This allows you to bet anywhere in the UK, so long that you have an internet connection. Not only that but our platform at Betiton™ has been fully optimised for mobile play, meaning that you can bet online using even your phone or tablet.

Where can I find horse racing betting tips?

A simple Google search will give you more tips than we can ever think of; the best tips that we can give is to have fun, stay safe, and bet responsibly!

What are furlongs in horse racing?

Furlongs are units of measurement, much like metres, inches, kilometres, etc. A furlong is 201.168 metres long, or 1/8 of a mile, meaning that there 8 furlongs in 1 mile.

How does the handicap system work in horse racing?

A handicap is a way of equalising the competition when particularly strong competitors face against weaker ones. However, in horse racing, the handicap system works a little differently. A racehorse is given weights to run with. This levels the playing field as it gives the faster horses a disadvantage when facing off against slower horses.

How are horse racing handicaps calculated?

Horse racing handicaps are calculated according to the previous performances of the horses—the better the racehorse, the heavier the weights.

What does V mean in horse racing results?

V” stands for “void race“, which means that the result of the race was voided for some reason or other. In other words, something happened during the race that invalidated its result. A recent example of this happened at Plumpton racecourse, where the racehorse Wudyastopasking injured himself when attempting to jump a hurdle. As a result, the entire hurdle event was declared void, especially since the other riders couldn’t pass.

Can you bet on every horse in a race?

Indeed, you can bet on every racehorse in a particular race! However, this might not be in your best interests. Be sure to check the odds before placing any bets.

What does P mean in horse racing?

P” stands for “pulled up” which means that the jockey has deliberately pulled out the racehorse from the race. There are a number of reasons as to why this might have happened, such as the jockey’s fearing that the racehorse is injured or in danger of injury. This happened, for example, during the 2019 Cheltenham Festival when the racehorse Sir Erec severely injured one of its legs.

Sources Used:

  1. ‘Horse racing’ – Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. ‘The best UK horse racing events of 2020 to get you out of the gate’ – Philip Mak, StubHub Magazine
  3. Major events – British Horseracing Authority