In this article we shall discuss the basics of horse betting, what to do and what not to do. You'll find tips to start earning money gradually and / or to entertain yourself through the turf.
At first, we advise you to start by placing single bets. In this type of bet, you bet on a horse to win the race or to place in the first two or three places, depending on the type of bet chosen.
This will also help you to gain a better understanding of the different courses and different types of races. This type of bet is recommended for beginners because it is the type of horse-racing bet with the least risk, however it is also the type of bet that pays the least.
We also recommend that you read the turf press, in order to learn about the "course specialists" (horses which perform particularly well on certain courses), to judge the performance of jockeys and the horses' form (fitness and performance) ... There is also good advice about choosing bets and reading race cards.
You must also be able to read race cards (information about a horse's recent results), they will give you good information as to the form of the horse and its chances of winning.
The first thing to know is that race cards are read from right to left. The numbers refer to the results achieved by the horse in its most recent races, the letter beside each number refers to the number the type of race in which it ran:
- " F " for flat racing
- " H " for hurdles
- " T " for trotting races
- " M " for trotting mounted
- " S " for steeplechase races
Keep in mind that you need to learn about the horse, the jockey and the types of races and also remember that while it is possible for a good horse to win a race even with a bad jockey, the opposite is much rarer.
Ignore the betting tips offered by your family and friends and be aware that the information you can find on the internet is not always of excellent quality.
Making use of quality sources of information will guide your opinion safely and increase your chances of winning.