What is the best bet in horse racing?

You want to know what the best bet you can make in horse racing is? Well to be honest, that’s up to you to decide because there are different variables to what you as an individual will be willing to bet. Therefore the best thing for us to do, is talk you through several types of bets you can make, then you can decide which is the best bet for you!

Types of bets explained

TO WIN – You horse must finish in first position to win the bet.

BETTING EACH WAY – Two bets on the same horse. You are betting half of your total stake on the horse to win and half on it to be placed. If your horse wins, you win on both parts of the bet. If it just places the place part of the bet is paid out at a fraction of the win odds.

TO PLACE – Place betting means betting on a horse to finish in one of the stipulated places. In practice, this means finishing in the top 2, 3 or 4. The amount of places depends on the on the number of runners in the race. For example, if you were betting in a 10 runner race you would likely get 3 places whereas a 6 runner race would only allow 2 places.

FORECAST BETTING – Forecast betting involves selecting horses to finish first and second or first, second and third in the correct order. This is a lot harder than a simple win or each-way betting but the rewards are a lot higher.


Straight Forecast – The Straight Forecast involves picking the first and second horse in the correct order.

Exacta – Is the same as the Straight Forecast but the return is based on the Tote pool dividend. The minimum stake is £2.

Trifecta – The Trifecta requires you to name the first three in the race in the correct order, also to a minimum stake of £2.

MULTIPLES – There are ton of different multiple bets you can make. Here’s a link to see in more depth what these are – Multiple bet types
The explanation for these bets is as follows though, If you’re seeking a large payout from a relatively small stake, multiple bets are the best bet for you. It involves picking horses from several races, this can be to win or depending on the markets, to place. A multiple bet is anything upwards of a double (2 selections).

Looking for a daily multiple bet? Head to theracing.co.uk/tips to get an acca ready to load on to your bet slip everyday!

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Seven No Trumps

Racing Post – Weak in the market but produced a promising display in third on racecourse debut in a maiden hurdle at Ludlow (2m5f, heavy); should have learned plenty from that and in-form stable’s runners have to be respected.



Doc Kauto

Racing Post – Promising over fences last season but well held on only subsequent outing at Newton Abbot in July; market check advised after his absence.



Sword Of Fate

Racing Post – Has appreciated the recent return to hurdling, leading home several returning rivals when about 3l second over C&D at 50-1 last month (soft) and consolidating that form effort at Carlisle ten days later; shortlisted off same mark with Brian Hughes once more up, and drier ground is fine.



Akarita Lights

Racing Post – Last three starts 2m7f-3m1f on soft or heavy; runner-up at Market Rasen latest; does not look on a great mark but still considered.

Returns and odds correct at time of publishing.