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What is a Rule 4?

You’ll often see those in the world of horse racing talk about Rule 4 and you might not know what it means. Well, as you know, here at FRT we are always here to help and we’re going to explain just what Rule 4 is. When a Rule 4 deduction is mentioned it is really...

What are each way terms?

What are each way terms when placing a bet on the horses? When placing an each way bet, you are of backing the horse to both win the race and to finish in the places. Effectively this is two separate bets. By placing an each way bet if your horse doesn't win but still...

What does Best Odds Guaranteed mean?

Whenever we’re giving out tips, we always recommend you use a bookmaker that offers Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG). This gives you the best chance of getting good value, but what exactly does it mean? Read on and we will attempt to expain. What Does Best Odds Guaranteed...

What is a National Hunt Flat Race?

A National Hunt Flat race also known as a Bumper. So what is a National Hunt Flat Race? Well it is a flat race run which is run under the rules of Jump Racing in Britain and Ireland. The purpose of these races is to give horses, who have not previously run on the...

What is a Patent Bet?

There are many ways of ways to place a bet on horseracing. You may have heard people talking about a Patent Bet, but you might not know exactly what this is. Well, don’t worry, we are here to explain it all for you, so here goes. What is a Patent? A Patent bet is when...

The Importance of a Betting Bank

This article originally appeared in the "The Horse's Mouth" magazine which is free to FRT VIP Club Members. You will have often seen the advice “Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose” well this should be etched on your brain and engraved on your wallet. The way...

The Importance of a Betting Bank

This article originally appeared in the "The Horse's Mouth" magazine which is free to FRT VIP Club Members. You will have often seen the advice “Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose” well this should be etched on your brain and engraved on your wallet. The way...

What is a Lucky 15 Bet?

A Lucky 15 is an extremely popular bet to use in horse racing and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re backing 15 horses to win, but that’s simply not the case. Instead, you’re backing four horses for the win, but placing 15 different bets. See our Daily Lucky 15...

What is a NAP Bet?

You’ll often see tipsters, presenters and punters say that they have a NAP for the day, but do you know what a NAP is? First of all I must point out that a Nap has nothing to do with a horse having forty winks. The word itself is derived from the card game Napoleon....

What happens in a dead heat?

They might not happen all that often, but no matter what sort of race you might be betting on, there’s always a chance of a dead heat. First of all, for those that don’t know, a dead heat is where two or more horses cross the line at the same time and even a photo...

What does it mean when a jockey claims weight?

When studying a horse race, you will often take a look at the weight a horse has to carry as it can make a big difference to your selections. Sometimes, when an inexperienced jockey is on board, you will hear people talk about them claiming a certain amount of weight....

What is each-way betting?

One of the most popular bets in horse racing is an each-way bet as you can often see some cracking returns and it encourages you to back an outsider. Basically, rather than betting on a horse to win, you’re betting on it to win and finish in the ‘places’. Most...

What’s a Yankee bet?

A Yankee bet is always popular in the world of horse racing and it can see you really take the bookies to the cleaners if you pick the right horses. We have already told you about a Lucky 15 bet and in many ways a Yankee is similar to a Lucky 15 as you are backing...

What is a Handicap?

When looking at a racecard, you’ll see that more than half of the races are usually handicaps, but you might not know what a handicap is. Well that’s what we’re here for. A handicap is designed to make a race as exciting and competitive is possible and it sees the...

What is the SP?

If you like to place bets a few hours before a race starts, you’ll often see that the bookmakers are offering ‘SP’ – although many punters don’t realize what it means. An SP is the Starting Price of the horse, so in actual fact, it can be a risky way to bet. For...

What are decimal odds?

You’ll see that when betting on a horse, there’s often the option of using decimal odds or fractional odds. Decimal odds are the most popular odds currently in use and we’re going to explain just what they are in this article. Pretty much every single bookmaker will...

What is ante-post betting?

When it comes to big races, many punters like to play an ante-post bet, which is also known as future betting. You might see ante-post markets a long time before a race, or even just a couple of days prior to the encounter. Basically, if you place an ante-post bet,...

What happens if my horse is a non-runner?

Sometimes in horse racing, you get a little bit unlucky and the horse you have backed gets declared a non-runner. For those that don’t know, a non-runner exactly what is says it is. The horse that was running in the race, isn’t anymore. Now, if you’ve placed your bet...

What is a Trixie bet?

There are a whole host of ways to bet in horse racing and one way that many like to place their bets is through a Trixie. If you don’t know what one of these is, don’t worry, we’re here to explain it to you. Now, we’ve already spoken about Lucky 15, Yankee and Patent...

What’s the difference between a hurdle race and a chase?

In National Hunt racing, you’ll see that some races at called ‘Chases’ and some are ‘Hurdles’. However, you might not know the difference between them, so we’re going to give you a brief explanation so you know what sort of race you’re betting on. Basically, a hurdle...

What happens if my each-way bet becomes a win-only?

Non-runners happen in horse racing quite a lot as trainers, owners and jockeys sometimes feel as though their horse that was entered into a race no longer as a good chance of running well, or they might’ve picked up an injury. We have already explained to you what...

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