Betting at Goodwood
If you're new to racing or betting, our simple and easy guide will help you to enjoy your day and have a ‘flutter’ at Goodwood
A beginner's guide to racing & betting
Before placing your bet, study your racecard to see which runners are in form and be sure to visit the Parade Ring to assess which horse looks the most likely to win. Our guide gives you the tips you need, from spotting the best horse to placing a bet.
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So, how well do you know your horseracing?
It’s pretty straightforward really; a group of horses race over a set distance and the fastest one wins. Except, there are a few other factors to take into account. Much like ourselves, horses’ characters vary greatly and no one can really know how they are feeling on a given day.
Add in the tactics employed by the jockeys, varying ground conditions, undulations in the track and good old-fashioned bad luck and what you have is a spectacle that is far from predictable. That’s what makes racing so addictive, so Glorious.
Spotting a Good Horse
There is no real rule to what makes one horse faster than another, sadly, so spotting a nice ‘type’ in the paddock is far from straightforward. But choosing a horse with a bright eye, shiny coat, pep in his step and a calm demeanour is definitely a good start.
Our jargon buster below can help you to understand the terms used to describe our horses within our racecards.
Jockeys must ensure that they can be a given weight when they ride in a race. For example, if a horse carries 9st 3lbs, the jockey must be able to stand on the scales before the race with the saddle, wearing full kit and colours and be that exact weight.
This works hand in hand with spotting a good horse. Once you've collated everything, you can head over and place your bet on your 'preferred' horse for each race. If you're lucky enough to be within one of our Hospitality or private boxes, you can receive tips for the day’s racing from our resident tipster*.
*This varies per fixture and select Hospitality packages
An apprentice jockey is a rider under the age of 26 who is attached to a particular stable. They will claim a weight allowance according to the number of winners they have ridden. This allowance (7lbs, 5lbs or 3lbs) is taken off the horse’s allocated weight in a race and acts as an incentive for owners and trainers to use them over more experienced professionals. The allowance is in brackets next to their name in the racecard.
Horseracing offers something for everyone, and at Goodwood Racecourse, it’s no different. Whether you want to dress up or dress down, take your family for a fun day out, dance to live music or enjoy great food, there's a fixture that's right for you.
What are you waiting for? There really is something for everyone with over 400 fixtures across 49 racecourses this Summer. A day at the races can be everyone’s turf, come see for yourself!