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A smartly dressed race goer studies all of the racing information to decide how to bet.

Guide to Betting

If it’s your first time to Great Yarmouth Racecourse, or any horse racing event, we’ve put together some useful information, and a downloadable betting guide to help get you started. 

Placing a 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!

A race goer studies the Racing Post for more information on how to bet.
How do you pick a horse?
Our Race Day programme will give you tips for picking your fancy, and details on how to read the form, however, you may have just as good a chance picking a name that you like!
What else do I need to decide?
Once you have your favourite, you need to decide how much you want to bet (you can put on as little as £2), and whether you want to bet on it winning, or placing. 
How do I place my bet?
Place your bet with either the course betting facilities or ‘bookies’ that can be found in front of the viewing grandstands.

Remember to keep your betting slip safe! You will need it if your horse wins. 

Jargon Buster

Racing seems to have its own language, so read our jargon buster - then impress your friends and family with your racing knowledge!

  • Card – Short for racecard. This is your race programme with the runners and riders on.
  • Colours (Silks) – The colours worn by the jockey in a race.
  • Handicap – A race in which weights are to be carried by each horse according to recent or past racing performance.
  • Form – A record of a racehorse’s previous performance.
  • Furlong – An eighth of a mile, 220 yards or 201 metres.
  • Going – A term used to describe the condition of the ground, ranging from hard through to heavy. These include Hard, Firm, Good to Firm, Good, Good to Soft, Soft, Heavy.
  • Listed Race – A high-class competitive race.
  • Maiden – A race for horses that have not yet won a race.
  • Non-runner – When a horse is no longer running in the race.
  • Stewards – Officials responsible for enforcing the British Horseracing Authority’s Orders & Rules of Racing.
  • Under Orders – When the racehorses are called into line before the start of a race. Once racehorses have come ‘under orders’ they are judged to have competed in the race and no bets will be refunded.
  • Weighed in – Weighing of jockey before and after a race to ensure that the correct weight has been carried. At the end of the race when ‘weighed in’ has been announced this means the result is official and all bets can be paid out.
  • Weights – Fixed weights to be carried by horses in a race according to ability, age, distance, sex, and time of year. This weight includes the jockey and equipment, saddle and weight cloth.
  • Weight Cloth - Leather cloth with pockets that hold flat pieces of lead. They are removable and interchangeable. The weight cloth is carried under the jockey’s saddle and is to ensure that they ride at the correct weight in a race. 

For a much more thorough guide to betting, filled with guidance and tips, download our full betting guide below.


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