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Get To Know The Types Of Horse Racing: Flat And National Hunt

May 29, 2008
Horse racing is a very exciting, very old sport. The combination of sight ( magnificent horses, human riding skil)l, sound (hooves touching earth, cheering crowds), and smell (horse and hay intermingled with freshly mown grass, exotic perfumes, and the aroma of food) is a feast for the senses.

And if you have a passion for gambling, you can make money out of this age-old recreational form. But before you can do that, know the types of races you can bet on, either online or on-tracks.

Flat Racing

As the name denotes, flat racing is conducted in a level racetrack at a specified distance. In the United Kingdom, turf tracks are generally used than the dirt and synthetic tracks used in North America.

Generally speaking, there are three distances in flat horse racing. The sprints, the middle distances, and the stayers races, all of which can range from five furlongs to two miles long.

If you want races that test the stamina and speed of the horse, as well as the riding skill of the jockey, then flat horse racing is for you.

National Hunt Racing

This type of horse racing generally requires horses to jump over fences and hurdles. Unlike flat racing, the horses need not be thoroughbreds and can come from many bloodlines.

Like flat racing, there are specific distances for National Hunt Racing. The chase is done in distances of 2-41/2 miles and over a minimum fences' height of 41/2 feet. Hurdling is performed in lesser distances (2-31/2 miles) and lower fences' height (31/2 feet) than the chase.

There is also a flat race in the National Hunt. It has a distance run of only 11/2-21/2 miles in level surfaces, which are popularly dubbed as bumper races.

In both types of races, millions are gambled online and on the race tracks. With their enduring popularity, flat racing and National Hunt Racing will continue to be a haven for professional and amateur punters.

Bets in Horse Racing in Great Britain

In these horse races, you can apply the many bet types (about 30) prevalent in the United Kingdom. This article will focus on defining the major bets for lack of space.

A "win bet" only earns you money if your horse wins the race while you win a "place bet" if your horse places a predetermined place or position. An "each-way bet" is a combination of the two.

A single bet is a wager on one selection only. Multiple bets (double, treble, and accumulator) are bets on two or more selections, all of which must win to earn profitable returns.

There are also full cover bets, full cover bets with singles, "if cash" bets, specialty bets and forecast bets. These are more complicated bets, which require deeper study and a more expansive experience.

If you are a novice player in horse racing, it is highly recommended that you stick to flat racing and simple bets. This is to ensure that your initiation into the world of horse gambling will be a pleasant surprise earning you better-than-expected profits rather than an unpleasant shock rendering you more than a few pounds poorer.

Basically, just enjoy the races and place your bets as prudently as you possibly can.
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