The ‘sport of kings’ dates back centuries, with the first recorded horse race held in the UK in 1622.
If you only bet once a year, it’s probably on a big-name race like the Derby or Grand National (both staged on the flat), or perhaps at Ascot. And if you’re enjoying a day at the races, not having a flutter is unthinkable!
Different styles include flat racing, held from April to October, which is all about pace and stamina. Most flat races in the UK are handicap occasions. Races with obstacles (National Hunt events) include steeplechase and hurdle meetings.
The huge range of possible flutters may initially seem bewildering – but most wagers on the gee-gees are straight to-win affairs on a single race. A double is one bet on two results in separate races. Accumulator, each-way and jackpot wagers are among the other options, giving punters consistently excellent choice.