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Horse Racing Odds & Betting – The Odds Manager Guide

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Welcome to the Odds Manager Guide to Horse Racing – your one-stop shop for horse racing and horse racing betting odds.

From Ascot to Accas, we explain all the lingo so you’re not left in the starting stalls when it comes to understanding the action-packed sport of horse racing.

We’ll also keep you up to date on all today’s horse racing betting odds and juicy offers to make sure you’re fully prepared for battle when going to war with those pesky bookies.

What To Watch In 2021

After a tasty December of racing action, all eyes are on the racing year ahead, with the daddy of upcoming events being The Cheltenham Festival in March.

Before that, though, February offers us some top-class jumps racing with the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

March is clearly all about Cheltenham, and then April brings us the Grand National at Aintree as well as the Scottish National at Ayr.

May sees the flat season get going with the first two Classics of the year as the Guineas are run at Newmarket.

June is all about the Derby and Oaks at Epsom, before Royal Ascot which, this year, starts on Tuesday, June 15.

The top quality flat racing continues into July with the Eclipse meeting at Sandown, the imaginatively named July meeting at Newmarket, the King George at Ascot, and Glorious Goodwood at… Goodwood.

All eyes will be on York in August for the Ebor Festival before the flat season begins to wind down with the final Classic of the year, the St Leger, held at Doncaster on Saturday, September 11.

There is still the small matter of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October however, as contenders battle it out to be crowned the best in Europe.

Chuck in the Breeders Cup and Melbourne Cup in November and it’s another cracking year for flat racing fans.

November brings us back to jumping action, with the November meeting at Cheltenham before the festive frenzy of the King George at Kempton and the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.

Horse Racing Odds – What To Bet On

Horse racing and betting go together like steak and chips and there is no end to the betting opportunities that racing offers. 

Whether online, in the bookies or on course, there’s a ton of betting markets to fire into as you look to snag a big win.

Read on to get a handy breakdown of the most popular horse racing bets and hopefully we can guide you to a juicy winner or two.

Race Odds

Bookies offer prices for every single race in the UK and Ireland, every day of the week, plus action from the US, France, South Africa, and Australia.

Most punters will have a bet before the race but you can also have a punt in-running if something catches your eye once the race has started and the action unfolds.

Win Betting

Horse racing betting in its simplest form – you’re placing a bet on a specific horse to win the race. If the horse does the business, you’re a winner but if it doesn’t win, it’s time to come up with another plan.

Each-Way Betting

Here, you’re basically placing two bets in one – a bet on your horse to win and a bet on it to nab a place. The number of places paid out depends on the number of runners in a race: If your horse is placed, the win part is beat but you’ll be paid on the place bet. If your horse wins, you’re paid out on the win AND the place – job’s a good’un. Keep a lookout though, some bookmakers offer extra places, so it’s well worth shopping about if you’re having an each-way bet.

Forecast & Tricast Betting

These bets are trickier to hit but they offer you a roll of the dice to land some hefty returns for a small stake. To scoop a Forecast you need to pick the first two horses home in a race, and for a Tricast, it’s the first three.

Acca Betting

Just like footy, Accas are a super popular bet on horse racing, especially when you fancy the favourites. This bet’s a multiple, so every horse has to win for it to land and if your luck is in, you can net a sexy return for a small outlay. For many, a Saturday afternoon Acca on the racing is standard – get the bet on, sit back and watch the racing over a couple of pints down the pub.

Multiples Betting – Lucky/Yankee

Lucky 15s and Yankees might look complicated but you can bag a tasty payout for small stakes. A Lucky 15 needs four selections and the clue’s in the name, it’s 15 bets – 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and an acca. One winner will get some cashback in your pocket but any more and you could be buying the next round…or five. Like a Lucky 15, a Yankee needs four selections but it’s only 11 bets – 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and an acca. Two winners will see you collecting but three or four winners can see a big payout – kerching.

Ante-Post Betting

Ante-post betting is having a bet on a horse weeks or even months before a specific race. Many punters look to back horses for a big meeting well before race day in the hope they can nab some extra value at a big price. If your horse is in-form, its price can shorten as race day approaches – on the flip side though, if your pick shows poor form and doesn’t make it to the big race, your bet’s a loser.

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Live Betting On Horse Racing

Live betting on horse racing has exploded in recent years – all the main bookmakers plus the betting exchanges (such as Betfair) now offer in-running opportunities.

You might be watching a race and think a horse is running well – add it your slip and get that bet on, but be quick before the odds shorten.

Odds Boosts

Horse racing is the beating heart of UK betting – the bookies are queuing up every day to offer you some tasty Odds Boosts on the action.

Make sure you check out our Odds Boost page, where we do the hard work for you by flagging the best Odds Boosts, seven days a week.

Horse Racing - FAQ

Now you’ve read our horse racing guide, you’re all set. Just log into your bookie account, check out the horse racing markets, pick your horse, get that bet on and then cheer it home…hopefully.
When having a bet on horse racing you want a bookie that offers a range of markets plus some hot Odds Boosts. The top three bookies who offer all this are bet365, Paddy Power, and William Hill.
In the UK, horse racing is shown on three channels - ITV, Sky Sports Racing, and Racing TV. The easiest way to watch all the live-action though is to have a bet at one of our recommended bookies and you can then stream the race live on their website or their app - simple.
National Hunt racing is horse racing over obstacles - either hurdles or fences and is the main racing focus over the winter months in the UK and Ireland. The Cheltenham Festival is the ‘Olympics’ for National Hunt racing and is held annually in March.