New to Racing
Make the most of your time at the racecourse. If you have never been to the races before then here is everything you need to know about going to the races from what to wear, where to watch, how to bet and a guide to racing terms you may hear around the racecourse.
We want your racing experience to be one that you’ll remember for a long time and come back to experience again and again.
What to Wear
Generally there is no particular dress code at any racecourse. Dress for the weather and wear what you feel comfortable in for a day of outdoor entertainment. All public walk areas are paved so suitable for any form of footwear.
On Ladies Days, racegoers make an extra effort to dress up for these special highlights in the racing calendar. Dress to impress if you want to be with an opportunity to win some of the fantastic prizes for best outfit or best hat!
Where to Watch
All racing can be watched live from the Grandstand at the front of the racecourse. You can also see all the action from the giant screen positioned near the winning post as well as on Racing TV screens in our bars and restaurants.
To feel the thrill of the race, the best place to stand is right by the rails as the horses thunder past – an absolutely breathtaking spectacle. During jump season you can stand next to one of the hurdles or fences and really get a sense of the energy and power of the horses as they fly past.
The Parade Ring
All racegoers have access to view the horses as they are led round the Parade Ring before each race. This is also where jockeys mount up before heading to the start point.
After each race, enjoy watching the return of the winning and placed horses where they meet their owners and trainers and where the winner trophies are presented.
From the Grandstand, watch the racing live from the trackside or witness up close to the rails and cheer your horse to the finish line. Large outdoor TV screens are also displayed on all racedays making easy viewing of the whole race from various positions and facilities throughout the course.
Pick a Winner!
One of the best things about horse racing is that no one knows who is going to win any given race at any given time. You may prefer to study ‘form’, the information and facts about a horse’s past performances in the Race Programme, online or in the national newspapers, or make a selection from observing the horses in the Parade Ring.
There is a wide variety of bets and combinations you can place on every race with the Tote or on course bookmakers.
Placing a Bet
Having a flutter on the horses is fun and doesn’t have to be complicated. Don’t be put off getting involved because you don’t understand how betting works – below are some of the basics.
Stake: The amount of money you are willing to gamble – be it a cautious £2 (minimum) or a rather more flamboyant £500.
Odds: Also referred to as the ‘price’ is a way of expressing the probability of a horse winning a race. If you picked a winner, your winnings (also known as ‘returns’) are calculated according to your horse’s odds.
Odds Against: If your horse’s perceived chance of winning the race is less than 50/50 it is described as odds against e.g 2/1, 7/1, 15/2, 50/1 etc and if your horse wins you receive your stake back plus the stake multiplied by the odds against it.
Odds On: If your horse’s perceived chance of winning the race is more than 50/50 it is described as odds on e.g 1/2, 4/7, 3/10 etc and if your horse wins you receive your stake back plus the stake multiplied by the odds on it.
Even Money (or Evens): If the perceived chance of your horse winning the race is 50/50 it is described as evens. In this case if your horse wins you will receive your stake back doubled.
Long Odds or Short Odds: Sometimes, instead of a horse’s odds being expressed as a fraction, you might hear that they are simply ‘long’ or ‘short’. Odds that are said to be long (e.g. 50/1) point to the fact that a horse is very unlikely to win the race. Conversely, short odds (e.g. 2/1) indicate that a horse has a good chance of winning.
Pool Betting : Operated by Totepool on all Scottish racecourses. Tote betting works just like the lottery, your money goes into a pool
and the amount you win depends on how many other winners there are. There is a range of Totepool bets available from a simple win bet to picking the first three passed the post. Totepool’s friendly staff are available to answer any questions you may have on all Scottish racedays.
For further information on Placing a Bet, click here to visit the Totepool website.
Click the image below to download the fantastic beginners guide, as put together by the talented Bert Logan. Even if you know what you’re doing, it’s a great read!