Horse Racing Spread Betting

Horse racing spread betting is an exhilarating way of betting on horse racing. Enthusiasts can back their predictions and unleash the thrill of the track.

With an array of markets to choose from, horse racing spread betting offers a unique and interactive way to engage with the sport, from predicting winning margins to jockey performance. Immerse yourself in action and seize the opportunity to turn your knowledge into profitable rewards.


What Is Horse Racing Spread Betting?

Horse racing spread betting is an exciting way to bet on various racing betting markets, you don’t just pick the winner of the race. With spread betting on horse races, you can bet on multiple markets such as the winning distance between certain horses, starting prices and jockey’s performance markets.

With spread betting, you give yourself the chance to win a larger profit depending on how correct the outcome of your prediction is.

How Horse Racing Spread Betting Works

Horse racing spread betting gives you a chance to bet on a variety of different horse racing markets. When spread betting on horse racing you get to choose your market, evaluate the spread and place your stake. If your prediction is right, you will be rewarded depending on how accurate you are. If you get your prediction wrong, however, you could end up losing more than the money you originally staked.

The Difference Between Horse Racing Spread Betting & Fixed-Odds Betting

Spread betting gives users an exciting way to back their predictions and, in return, earn a healthy profit no matter how high or low the original stake may be.

If you predict that something in a race or meeting may happen, you could decide to BUY the spread with a £10 stake. If your prediction is right, your winnings will increase depending on how clear the margin of victory is.

Let’s say your bet comes in but only just makes it across the mark by one point. You’ll win a profit of £10, whereas if you win the bet by a landslide, for example, 16 points, you’ll win yourself a £160 profit from your original £10 stake.

Spread betting will reward you on the margin of your victory, rather than giving you a fixed amount that you can win. The only risk with spread betting is that you can lose more than your stake if you get the bet wrong. If you’re wrong by one point, you will lose your stake just like you would with a fixed-odds bet.

If your bet’s wrong by more than one point, you stand to lose your stake amount for every point you fall short on (10 points short = £100 loss).

Most Popular Horse Racing Spread Betting Markets

Winning Distances

A ‘Winning Distance’ bet is a horse racing spread betting market which offers a prediction on the aggregate total on the winning margins of each race at a meeting.

A flat race has a maximum winning distance of 12 lengths, whereas a National Hunt race has a winning distance of 30 lengths. This rule also applies if only one of the horses were to finish the race.

The distances under a length are recorded as follows:

Short Head = 0.1 of a length

Head = 0.2 of a length

Neck = 0.3 of a length

½ a length = 0.5 of a length

¾ of a length = 0.75 of a length

Let’s say, for example, there’s a Jumps meeting at Epsom, SportsSpread might offer a spread on the total winning distances of 60 - 65. You decide to BUY the spread because you believe it will be higher than 65. You opt to BUY the spread at £10 per length.

At the end of the race, the winning distance is confirmed at 72 lengths, so your bet return will work out like this:

(Settled price - BUY Price) x Stake

(72 - 65) x £10

7 x £10 = £70 Profit

Now, while this is great and you’ve won yourself a nice profit, here’s how it could’ve worked out if the winning distance was 62 lengths, 10 less than predicted:

(Settled price - BUY Price) x Stake

(62 - 65) x £10

3 x £10 = £30 Loss

Be mindful that whilst you can win an amazing profit from your hunch, you do also run the risk of losing more than the original stake.

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Race Index Bets

A ‘Race Index’ spread bet is one of the most popular horse racing spread betting markets. In a ‘Race Index’ market, points are awarded to horses depending on where they finish in a race.

The points structure will vary depending on how many runners are in the race. For example, if there are 11 or fewer horses, the points would be awarded like this:

1st = 50 points

2nd = 25 points

3rd = 10 points

Any other places outside the top three will be awarded 0 points.

In a race where there are 12 or more horses participating, the points work out like this:

1st = 50 points

2nd = 30 points

3rd = 20 points

4th = 10 points

Any other places outside of the top four would be awarded 0 points.

The race index market gives bettors the opportunity to either back or go against a horse.

For this example, SportsSpread has priced up Red Rum at 12-15 on the Race 50 Index. You have a good feeling Red Rum is going to do well in this one and you decide to BUY the spread with a £10 stake. Red Rum has a blinder and wins the race. Your bet would work out like this:

(Settled Price - BUY Price) x Stake

(50 - 15) x £10

35 x £10 = £350 Profit

That’s a great return for your bet. Now, let's look to see how it would work out if your bet is wrong. If Red Rum pulls up or finishes outside the frame, they are not awarded any points, your bet would look like this:

(Settled Price - BUY Price) x Stake

(0 - 15) x £10

-15 x £10 = £150 Loss

Remember to gamble responsibly.

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How does spread betting work in horse racing?

In horse racing spread betting, you bet on performance variables like winning distances. The more accurate your prediction, the more you win.

Fixed-odds betting offers a set outcome, while horse racing spread betting allows you to profit based on the accuracy of your prediction about a specific variable.

Horse racing spread betting markets include winning distances, jockey performance, and horse match bets. These markets add variety compared to fixed-odds betting.

Points or spreads in horse racing spread betting are determined by bookmakers, reflecting their expectations for performance variables like winning distances.

Successful horse racing spread betting involves analysing form, track conditions, and considering trends. Strategies include buying low and selling high based on predictions.

Risks in horse racing spread betting include the potential for higher losses compared to fixed-odds betting. The variable nature of performance factors increases uncertainty. Understanding the sport and markets is crucial.

Rule 4 Deduction is a standard adjustment made to the odds of a horse in spread betting when another horse withdraws from a race after betting has already begun.

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