New to Racing
Our quick guide for first time racegoers ...
You don't need to dress up or wear a hat! Clothing and footwear should be warm and comfortable as it's likely you'll be walking around a lot and you may be standing outside on the course for long periods.
Bets can be placed in a number of ways, with the most popular being win and each way. A straight win bet is exactly that, with your horse having to win for you to collect. An each way bet of £1 costs £2 and so on, however your horse only needs to finish in the placings, i.e. 1st, 2nd or 3rd, or 1st, 2nd ,3rd or 4th in some races for you to win.
Bets can be placed from as little as £2 per race.
Take a newspaper or buy a racecard at the course so you know what races are scheduled and the form for each horse running.
'Going' is the state of the racecourse surface - this can range from 'heavy' (wet) to 'firm' (dry).
The premier enclosure is the most expensive but offers the viewing and facilities with access to all other areas of the course. Grandstand tickets provide viewing access to the parade ring and winners enclosure as well as great options for food and drink.
The parade ring is used to see which horses look in the best condition to run in the races, and can sometimes provide an informative view of your horses chance of winning.
The Horse Comes First
Leading organisations in British Horseracing have got together to increase awareness of the high standards of equine welfare in the sport. The initiative aims to improve understanding of the care given to our horses throughout and after their careers in racing.
The campaign is supported by the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association, Racehorse Owners Association, the Professional Jockeys Association, the National Trainers Federation and The Jockey Club.