Horse Racing Betting
With its roots reaching back to ancient Greek chariot races, horse racing may be the oldest form of sports betting still active today.
Horse racing, in its current form, dates back to as early as the 17th century with the first race track being constructed in Long Island New York circa 1665. Today, horse racing is still the most popular betting sport with the sheer variety and regional variations making it an extremely interesting and exciting type of wagering.
In the UK, horse racing is generally divided between the flat season, which runs primarily through the summer and involves the English Classics, and the jumps season, which culminates with the Cheltenham Festival and the Aintree Grand National.
In America, flat racing is generally preferred but you will also find trotting/harness racing being quite popular on the east coast. Jumps racing, or steeplechasing, exists in America but isn’t a betting sport. Hands down, the biggest race in the United States is the Kentucky Derby; the first leg of the American Triple Crown.
Dubai horse racing is some of the highest-end racing on the planet and the fantastic Meydan racecourse in Dubai now plays host to the Dubai Carnival. Revolving around Sheik Al Maktoum and his popular Godolphin racing team, Dubai racing sees thoroughbreds from all four corners of the world lining up in massive handicaps, making for some very impressive payouts.
Punters also have a variety of different betting methods other than traditional fixed odds. Tote betting or even exchange wagering, where players back and lay their own odds, are two of the most popular. The tote Scoop6 is a famous English football pool awarding life-changing amounts of money to punters who successfully call six winners from assorted races across Great Britain.
For the beginner, horse racing has one of the steepest learning curves in the sports betting world, but it also promises some of the most explosive payouts. The horse betting world is filled with publications of horse racing betting tips, odds and stats, all of which can be daunting to beginner.
The best place to start is by learning the basics: How to Bet on Horse Racing. This article explains the basics on how horse racing odds work, what kind of bets you can make and how to spot a good bet.