Betting Guide

The art of betting is as old as racing itself. Read our comprehensive betting guide to help you get started

There’s a unique magic to the feeling of backing a winner. You’ve made your choice, placed your bet and been rewarded with hard cash for your good judgement.

And here’s a warm welcome to the Racing Post betting guide, designed to help you make the right choices more often so you can maximise your chances of backing the right horse as often as possible.

Racing is a complex challenge for a punter. When any two Premier League teams do battle it is likely most of us will be able to quickly take a view on what is likely to happen, but working out which one of a collection of horses will cross the line in front is a different puzzle.

From assessing the state of the ground to the implications of a gelding operation, the process of picking the right horse can be confusing and complicated.

That’s where this guide is here to help. In plain English, without jargon, we will separate the red herrings from the key clues and help build your knowledge base so you are as well equipped as possible to win the war with the bookies.

We will also show you how using Racing Post products can keep you close to the action and increase your chances of success.

We hope the following chapters will offer insight and shed light on the many mysteries of trying to crack the code every time you study the form.

With a little extra knowledge, you can responsibly enjoy a happy betting interest. Good luck!

Bruce Millington, Racing Post editor