According to one of the versions, it was at the racetrack that bookmakers and sports betting were born. At first glance, everything is simple in races: I chose a horse, bet on it, and if it came first, then I won. In fact, betting on horse racing, like any other sport, has its own nuances. In this article we will try to talk about the main and the main thing.

Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in a number of countries: USA, Australia, Britain, UAE. Competitions are held at different distances and on a variety of surfaces (grass, sand, etc.), and only this already suggests that, before betting on the races, you need to understand.

Types of horse racing bets

Despite the fact that horse races are also held on the territory of our country, legal Russian Internet bookmakers mainly accept bets on horse races that take place abroad. Let’s consider the most common betting options and for convenience we will mention the names of the bets in English, which are used by foreign bookmakers.

Winner’s bet (Win)

Everything is simple here. The usual type of bets on the winner of the race. We choose a horse, and if it comes to the finish line first, we get a win. It is also possible to choose a horse and make the opposite bet, that is, if he does not come to the finish line first, you get a win.

Winner bets

Of course, it is difficult to guess the winner of the race, and it is in order to increase the probability of winning that bookmakers offer the option of betting on the top three winners. That is, the selected horse must reach the top 3 at the end of the race. This type of bets in bookmaker lines can also be called Show , or ” Show “.

It is also worth noting that the number of prizes in different races may vary. And if there are more than three of them and the horse gets into the prizes, then such a bet in this sport is called Place , or ” Prize “.

Bets on Winners in Correct Sequence

Also in horse racing there is such a type of bet as ” Forecast “, or Forecast . Here the player must guess the horses that will come first and second in the race. The variation of the bet can be changed, giving the player the opportunity to bet randomly rather than on certain places that the horses will occupy.

Some bookmakers to ” Forecast of the ” propose a bid ” Tricast ” or Tricast . This bet is identical to the one described above, with only one caveat: here you need to choose three horses.

Who is higher

In this bet, the player chooses the one who will take the higher place from any two horses. That is, throughout the entire race, the player watches a duel between two horses.

Horse betting strategies


The most popular horse racing strategy. Let’s make a reservation right away that it does not guarantee a 100% win. In equestrian sports, as in any other discipline, sensations occur, where favorites are inferior to outsiders.

In the first races of the day, you must select three favorites at different racetracks with odds of at least 2.00. Then the selected horses must be combined into one bet called “Trixie”. That is, you need to make one triple express bet and three doubles.


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The bet amount for each is 100 rubles (in total – 400 rubles). The odds for any of the favorites are 2.00. If two of the three horses win, you win back your bet, and if all three horses get into the top three, the winnings will be 2,000 rubles (for double express bets of 400 rubles and a tee – 800 rubles).

A similar system can be used when betting on two favorites in the opening (morning) runs. Only now you need to place two single bets on favorites and one express bet.

Al-Capone’s accountant’s strategy

According to legend, the next strategy for betting on horse racing was invented by the chief accountant of an American gangster. Its essence is that the player finds races where the odds offered by bookmakers for favorites are overstated and fluctuate around 4.00. Then a bet is made on several favorites at once. If one horse wins, the player remains in the black.

What to look for when betting on horse racing? Useful Tips

Horse age

Undoubtedly, a young horse at short distances has a better chance than his “aged” brother. But if you’re a long-distance racer, experience is key.

Length of races

Before making a bet, you need to know how long the race will be and whether the horse had a break before it. If this is a sprint (short run), then the horse needs to rest for at least a month, but if it is a long distance, then a long break is unnecessary, or rather undesirable.

Jockey weight

The average weight of a jockey is 60 kilograms. But novice athletes are allowed to exceed this limit in order to improve the balance with the horse. So it becomes clear that the lighter the jockey, the more experienced he is and the more chances he has to win.


Weather, as with other outdoor sports, can produce unexpected results when the favorites are inferior to the outsiders. Therefore, before making a bet, it is necessary to clarify the weather conditions at the racetrack.

Which Russian bookmakers accept horse racing bets?

Before writing about which legal Russian bookmakers accept bets on horse races, it is worth noting that horse race bets are more common on sweepstakes at the racetrack.

Nevertheless, bets can also be made in bookmaker companies. The difference from the sweepstakes is that the bookmakers offer odds for each horse, while in the sweepstakes, the total amount of bets is divided among the winners. You can place bets on the sweepstakes and bookmakers in our country both at the racetrack and on the Internet.