There are 2 ways of putting a bet on at the Racecourse:
The tote offer what is known as 'pool betting'. All the money placed on a particular race is put into a 'pool'. The tote take out a percentage for their takings and then the remaining money is shared between the winning ticket holders. While the figures that appear on the tote screen are a guide to the price at the exact moment that you put your bet on, the actual price isn't known until the pool closes at the start of the race. The minimum bet with the tote is £2.
There are tote betting points around the Racecourse. Click here for totepool details.
It is important to check your ticket thoroughly when you put your bet on, but if you have any disputes with your Tote bet, there is a Tote Raceday Manager at every race meeting. Simply come to the Raceday Office and asked to be directed to the Tote betting office.
Alternatively, you can visit the Racecourse Bookmakers.
Bookmakers offer 'Fixed Odds Betting'. The bookmakers are located in designated Betting Areas which are at the front of the stands in all Enclosures. The Bookmakers display their best 'price' or 'odds' for every horse and are in competition with each other to provide the most competitive price. When you put a bet on with a bookmaker you get the odds on display at that time, therefore you know exactly how much you will win when you place the bet, but you run the risk of losing out if the price of the horse gets bigger!
The betting ring can be a very daunting place for the first time racegoer. However, it needn't be. Just follow these straightforward guidelines and you'll discover how easy it is to bet with a bookmaker.
Most importantly, have fun - wander around the betting ring and make sure you get a great price. Compare the price that the tote are offering and then find a place in the stands to make sure that you shout your horse home in first place!
REMEMBER, DO NOT BET MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD TO LOSE. WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE OUTCOME OF ANY RACE OR ANY BET THAT YOU PLACE. ALL ARRANGEMENTS ARE STRICTLY BETWEEN YOU AND WHOEVER YOU PLACE YOUR BET WITH.
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