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Everyone has to start somewhere and even the most skilled punter started at the beginning as a novice. Even if you're a complete beginner at horse racing ratings you shouldn't be afraid to try your hand at beating the odds on the horse racing circuit. You just need to learn the basics and soon you could be trading up for a place in the select Members Enclosure comparing tips with the pros.

Jumps or flat racing

There are two specific types of horse race and they are both seasonal.

Flat racing is, as the name suggests, run on the flat - that is, without any jumps. The horses usually line up in stalls before the race starts and the weight limits tend to be less than for jump racing. The flat racing season tends to run from March to November, although some races take place outside these dates.

Some of the best-known flat races in the calendar include Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood.

National hunt racing takes place over jumps and hurdles, which tend to be a little smaller. The season runs from November to April and due to the more athletic demands made on the horses, they tend to be bigger than their flat racing counterparts.

One of the best-known and best-loved dates on the national hunt calendar is The Grand National, closely followed in popularity by the Cheltenham Festival.


Races are graded according to the types of horse taking part, with Group 1 offering the finest quality of horses at their absolute peak of physical ability. Group races include high level events such as The Derby and offer the highest rewards.

Listed races are also run by horses and jockeys with proven ability and track records and are slightly behind the quality of Group races.

Handicap races involve weights being added in order to provide a level playing field for horse and jockey. A nursery handicap race is for two-year-old horses only.

Maiden races are run for horses of either sex who have not yet won a race.


Because flat racing horses are lighter and smaller than their national hunt counterparts, the jockeys also need to be smaller and lighter. The weight that a horse carries is made up of the combined weight of the jockey plus the saddle, and weights can be added to increase the overall weight that the horse carries.

The jockey must weigh in before the start of the race while holding the saddle and must repeat the procedure after the finish before a win can be verified.

Owners and trainers

Owners of race horses can be private individuals or syndicates and can own a single horse or an entire string. Some punters follow the horses owned by a particular individual, especially if they consider that he or she has an exceptional eye - not to mention budget - in the purchase of horses.

Trainers are, as the name suggests, responsible for the fitness and stamina of horses in their care, and many trainers develop an exceptional name for themselves as trainers of quality bloodstock.


Just about everyone has a flutter on the Grand National, with most places of work offering a sweepstake, and even those people who don't normally participate in betting are prepared to have a go on this one day of the year.

People tend to bet on the name of a horse that they particularly like, or perhaps draw lots to decide on a runner to back. However, there are far more profitable ways of betting than judging a horse by its name. Sites covering horse racing ratings can guide you through the maze of information with ease if you are keen to understand the ins and outs of betting successfully on the outcome of a race.

You can generally expect to place a bet on a particular horse to win, and this is also referred to betting 'on the nose', as the nose is the first point of the horse to cross the finishing line. You can improve your odds by placing a bet 'each way' which will reward you if a horse is placed in second, third or fourth position, but this in effect means placing two bets, although they are combined.

The intricacies of betting and horse racing ratings require information on previous wins, the all-important 'form' and various facts about jockeys and trainers. All of this combines to provide you with all the knowledge you require to start wagering money on the sport of kings!

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