It’s the spiritual home of the bookmaker. While online betting has now become the focus, it was on the terraces of the world’s biggest racecourses where bookies first became an integral part of sporting tradition.
The boards are now digital, the markets now vast, but at Betway we’re still committed to being that friendly face, giving you the chance to take a punt on your horse, armed with as much information as possible.
There’s an exciting world out there. A world of bets, each way and outrights, multiples and singles, Yankees and Trixies and so many more, just a couple of clicks or taps away at a moment’s notice.
And in this historic and traditional sport, there’s a lot to get your head round. But Betway is here for you. We’ll show you the difference between an outsider and a favourite, help you get to grips with the biggest races on the calendar and make sure you clear any hurdle on your way to getting the most from you Horse Racing betting.
Horse racing odds
A great place to start is understanding odds. In simple terms, the odds of your bet relates directly to how much you’ll win if your bet is successful.
There are two most common ways of displaying horse racing odds, fractional and decimal. With fractional horse racing odds e.g. 7/1, you’ll win your stake multiplied by the numerator, plus your original stake. Let’s say your £10 horse racing bet at 7/1 is successful, you’ll get 7 x £10 = £70 in winnings plus your £10 back, giving you a return of £80.
Decimal odds, popular in continental Europe and North America, already include your stake. 7/1 becomes 8.00, showing you that a £10 bet would return £80.
Sometimes horse racing odds won’t be as clear as 7/1 or 10/1 but don’t worry, you’ll be able to see just how much a successful bet would return when deciding how much to stake. So those horse racing odds of 17/4 or 13/2 will be easy to understand.
Horse racing betting tips
If you’re looking for the latest horse racing betting tips, racing news and specials, look no further than our blog, the Betway Insider.
With an in-depth look at all the week’s sporting action, including the latest meets and biggest racedays from courses all over the world, you’ll find all the detail you need to make informed, educated betting.
Whether that’s anything from articles by our resident horse racing betting experts to fun features ahead of some of the biggest meets of the year, you’ll see up to the minute, regularly updated content with the horse racing tips you need.
We’ll even give you tips for all the weekend racing, giving you the best chance to take advantage of our Money Back as a Free Bet offer on races televised on ITV.
Grand National betting
Undoubtedly one of the biggest Horse Racing festivals in the world, it’s estimated that over 70% of the adult population of the United Kingdom will place a bet on the Grand National.
That’s why we’ve become an official betting partner of the Grand National Festival at Aintree, helping us to provide the most competitive odds for your Grand National betting. Whether you want a flutter on the National itself or follow the whole festival, you’ll find the best odds on the Grand National right here with Betway.
Cheltenham Festival betting
The Cheltenham Festival. Unlike any other festival in the world, it’s widely considered to be the biggest week of the horse racing betting calendar. And like the Grand National, we’re right there in the midst of the action as title sponsors of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.
As a key part of the world famous Cheltenham Festival, we’ve brought our customers even closer to the action while continuing to provide a wide range of the best horse racing markets.
The Biggest Horse Races in the UK
Cheltenham and Aintree might be the jewels in the Betway Horse Racing crown but there’s still some golden races to choose from.
Our commitment to horse racing means we’ve partnered with races up and down the United Kingdom. There’s the Betway Bowl Steeple Chase, Betway Aintree Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase and Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle to choose from as well as markets on action at iconic courses like Ascot, Newmarket, Kempton, Haydock, Newbury and so many more.
Biggest International Horse Races
Alongside some of the most iconic races and festivals from UK horse racing, you’ll also be able to bet on races from all over the world.
We’re pleased to bring your horse racing from Ireland, including the Fairyhouse Grand National and races from across the country including Galway, Leopardstown and the famous Punchestown.
Plus, our horse racing markets are given a positively continental air with markets from France’s Prix L’Arc de Triomphe. Pick from thousands of markets and make your decisions with the same great coverage we give to U.K. races.
Horse Racing Markets Offered
The most popular markets in horse racing tend to be outrights. That’s another word for when you pick what horse will win any given race.
That’s also one of our favourite markets and it’s one we offer regular money back specials on, like our ITV racing second place Free Bet refund. If you back a horse in a race broadcast live on ITV with six or more runners, and it finishes second, don’t worry, we’ll give you your money back as a Free Bet.
If you’re looking for a way to hedge your bets, why not try an each-way market. These will pay out if the horse you pick finishes within a set number of places. That can be anything from finishing in the top three to a top six finish. We’ll often pay out on extra places in some of the most popular races, giving you the chance to turn one of the sport’s biggest days into another memorable moment.
The world’s favourite sport is also our most popular. As a U.K. based bookmaker, we’re specialists in Premier League betting and as well as experts on leagues and competitions across the globe. With 4 To Score we give you the opportunity to win a cash prize just by predicting the first goal scorers in 3pm kick offs in four leagues up and down England – and it’s totally free to enter.
From the verdant grass courts of Wimbledon to the intense indoor atmosphere of Melbourne, if there’s a tennis tournament out there, we’ve probably got markets on it. As well as regular Tennis betting, we also offer regular promotions such as double winnings if your player comes back to win after losing the first set.
One of the fastest growing markets in the world, basketball comes in so many shapes and sizes. We’ve got everything you’d expect, with markets covering the star-studded NBA and its iconic teams like Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, to some you wouldn’t. You’ll also find basketball betting markets from the Euroleague, Liga ACB, BBA and NCAA.
This quintessentially British sport is played all across the world and is one of the most popular across the globe. You’ll find extensive Cricket betting markets across Betway, including top runscorer, most wickets and over-unders on total scores.
And if that wasn’t enough we offer markets on all of America’s favourite sports including NFL, Baseball and Ice Hockey from across the globe. Enjoy boosted odds on Golf betting, alongside our usual markets and enjoy darts betting and snooker betting. Like to bet on a fight? We’ve got comprehensive markets on the biggest boxing and UFC events. Plus, get as excited as we are about the growing esports industry, where the virtual world takes centre stage, all with a varied selection of popular markets.
We’ll be there through every minute, from the first whistle to the final buzzer. Enjoy every single moment of gripping sporting drama alongside Betway, in a way you’ve never before.
Pre-event markets, we’ve got them. In-play, consider it covered. However you want to bet on your favourite sport, Betway is there with competitive odds, in-depth information and markets to rival any online bookmaker.
Take us with you with the Betway app, and enjoy all of your favourite markets, on the go.