Many English racing folk would still say the most famous race in the world is the Derby at Epsom in June. Parliament used to be closed on Derby day when it was run on the first Wednesday in June.
Betting for Beginners
When the placepot was first introduced to the UK some years ago, it became the casual racegoer’s most popular bet. The placepot is a pool bet run by the Tote which operates both on course and in the high street.
The betting ring lost its biggest individual bookmaker, by the name of Freddie Williams in July 2008.
Bookmakers drive Bentleys and punters ride bicycles – Not always true. I know a number of broke bookies!
When on 20 May 1989 I won £250,000 on a Thirsk tricast, exotic bets were not as prevalent as they are today. Win, Each Way, Doubles, Trebles, Yankees, Lucky 15s, Lucky 31s, Canadians, Heinzs, Jackpots, Placepots, Scoop 6 are all now regular bets.
When you attend a race meeting, and consider making a bet, you will be faced with two choices: the Tote (usually in a permanent building) and the independent bookmakers (lined up with their bill-boards, somewhere near the paddock).
“Everyone is Equal on the Turf and Under It” goes the poignant remark. Others call it a mug’s game!
Like the Double, a Treble involves placing a bet on three different horses. If the first one wins, the results will be re-invested on your second choice – and if that wins, the results are re-invested again on your third choice…If that third horse also wins then you will have a nice little bundle to …
First time placing a bet? Win and Each Way bets are the simplest types of bet, with Win being fairly obvious, but there are a couple of things to know if you don’t want to be embarrassed when betting Each Way:
Sensational socialite, Candida Tottering de Prave, takes you gently by the hand and leads you through the rather perplexing practice that is racegoing…