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A visitor to Bath Racecourse gives a big beaming smile as she stands in the crowd watching the races.

New Racegoers Guide

Your first visit to the races will be incredibly exciting, but can be a little confusing too, especially when it comes to betting. So, to help you enjoy your first racing experience, we have put together some useful information on how to enjoy betting responsibly with Bath Racecourse.

How do I choose a horse?

Everyone has a different method to choose. The race card (race day programme), as well as the racing post are good places to find useful information. You can also take a look at the horses and jockeys in the Parade Ring. Though if statistics isn’t really your thing, why not go with the common method of choosing a horse with a name that you like the sound of!
Jockey on a horse being led around the parade ring at Bath Racecourse.
A race goer at Bath Racecourse studies the racing post to look for more information on who to bet on.

 What type of bets are there?

 Once you have picked a horse, you need to decide if you want to be ‘To Win’ (where the horse has to finish first) or ‘Each Way’ (where the horse must finish in the first 2,3 or 4 depending on the number of runners in the race). ‘Each Way’ will be twice the cost, as you are technically placing two bets. One on the horse to win, and the other on it to place.

How do I actually place a bet?

You can place a bet on the tote or in the betting ring which can be found in front of the Langridge Stand. Tell the operator the horse you have selected, the amount you wish to bet, and the type of bet. You’ll be given a betting slip, which you must keep safe until after the race.
Various bet makers and their digital signs with betting odds scattered around the sides of the track at Bath Racecourse.

What happens if I win?

Well done! Your careful choosing has paid off and your horse won. Now you will need to wait for the jockeys to be weighed in, and for the announcement of the weigh in over the tannoy before the result is official. Once this is done, you just take your betting slip back to the operator, and receive your winnings.

Please remember to gamble responsibly and to only bet what you can afford. Gambling should always be for fun!

How do you place a bet? You can find out all you need to know in our downloadable Betting Guide.


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