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Guide to Betting

A day at the races

You can’t beat the spectacle and colour of a day at the races, as with any sport if you understand what’s going on you will get more out of your day… learn how to bet and read our jargon buster - then impress others with your betting knowledge!

If you are new to racing, visit OLBG.com (Online Betting Group) to find out more on how to place a bet. 

How to Bet

Putting on a bet at the races is all part of the experience and we challenge anyone to not scream with frustration or delight as their horse approaches the winning line!

You can put as little as £2 on a horse and to help you choose a horse, our raceday programme will give you tips for picking your fancy and details on how to read the form. However, you may have as much luck picking the horse because you like its name or you like the colour of the jockey’s silks.

There are two ways to bet - either with the tote or with the ‘bookies’ that can be found in front of the viewing grandstands or inside in the cold, winter months. 

Horses and jockeys race for the finish line under the floodlights at Wolverhampton Racecourse.
Betting stands set up displaying the latest odds and await racegoers at Wolverhampton Racecourse.
A close up of a jockey looking focused whilst riding.

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