Putting on a bet at the races is all part of the experience and we challenge anyone to not scream with frustration or delight as their horse approaches the winning line! You can put as little as £2 on a horse and to help you chose a horse our raceday programme will give you tips for picking your fancy and details on how to read the form. However, you may have as much luck picking the horse because you like its name or you like the colour of the jockey’s silks.
There are 2 ways to bet – either with the tote or with the ‘bookies’ that can be found in front of the viewing grandstands.
Totepool betting is available in any enclosure. With a minimum stake of £2 you can simply choose a horse to win, place or each-way. For those more advanced why not try a Placepot. Choose a selection in race 1-6 to be placed, an accumulator style bet. Each selection needs to be placed to win!
Rails Bookmakers also known as the “bookies” are in front of our grandstand, silver ring enclosure and by the parade ring. Try to look out for the Follow the Flag logo which is our on-course customer standard charter offering you the best terms in betting.
If you are new to racing, or just new to Royal Windsor Racecourse follow these steps below to make sure you know what's going on around the course.
1. The Weighing Room - 30 minutes before the race
Whilst you are looking at your race card, deciding who to bet on, the jockeys' will be 'weighing out'. Their total weight, including the saddle, must meet a set limit for a particular horse in a particular race. After the race, the jockeys' must also 'weigh in' to ensure that the weight remains the same.
2. The Pre-parade Ring - 20 minutes before the race
As part of their pre-race preparation, the horses will be brought from the stables to the pre-parade ring and led around by their grooms. This is to help them stay warm and focused and gives racegoers a chance to see the horses before they are saddled and to assess their fitness attitude.
3. The Parade Ring - 15 minutes before the race
Also, known as the Paddock, this is a must for all racegoers to see the horses close-up before the race and to hopefully pick out the winner! Here you will also see all the 'connections' of each horse; the owners, trainers and stable staff.
4. Place your bets - 10 minutes before the race
There are a variety of places to bet at the course, the tote windows around the course or the bookmakers in the betting ring in the Grandstand Enclosure or on the Grandstand Lawn next to the Lawn Bar.
5. The Racecourse - during the race
The actual race can be viewed from different positions around the course although in order to be level with the winning post you will need to be in the Club Enclosure. It is a good idea to watch from different points around the course to get varying perspectives of the race. Full details of each race can be found in a race card, which you can purchase when you enter the course for only £3.00.
6. The Winners Enclosure - after the race
After each race, the placed horses all come back into this area and are met by their grooms. They will be unsaddled so that the jockeys' can go and 'weigh in'. All the unplaced horses are taken back to the Parade Ring and taken back to the stables to be washed down. When all the jockeys' have 'weighed in' you will hear a call of 'horses away' from the weighing room - this gives the all clear for the remaining horses to return to the stables. The Winners Enclosure is also where the winning owners and sometimes the trainer and jockey, will be presented with their trophy by the race sponsor.
Racing seems to have its own language, so read our jargon buster - then impress your friends and family with your racing knowledge!