New To Racing Guide

New to Racing Guide

All you need to know

There's nothing like a day at the races for excitement, thrills and quality entertainment.

What to bring

Cash – most bookmakers only accept bets of £5 or more, though the Tote will take bets from £2 which you can pay by credit or debit card.
Your racecard – all you need to know plus features and tips for £3 on the day or £2.50 in advance.

You'll enjoy your day more if you know a little bit about betting and horses. Find out more about bets, betting systems and strategies at the OLBG Betting School.

Visit the paddock before the race

Look for:

  • Good muscle tone
  • Shiny coat
  • Bright eyes
  • Alert manner
  • A relaxed walk


  • Very sweaty horses
  • Very agitated horses

Study the form

Points to look for:

  • Past wins or places (1st, 2nd or 3rd) at the course.
  • Performance on the same going (ground conditions).
  • Performance over the same distance.
  • Your racecard has some essential information, and there's more in The Racing Post.

Making a bet

Once the horses leave the parade ring, you've got about 5 mins to place your bets and get to the stand to watch the race. Shop around as bookies often offer different prices.

After the race

Head for the winner's enclosure and then prepare for your next race.

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