Horse Race

Horse Race Betting Guide for New Zealand Punters

Placing a bet on a horse race in New Zealand can be a confusing thing with all the different terminology and various kinds of bets. Having a sound knowledge about not only the sport but also how the betting process works is essential for a successful wager. It is all very well to go to the races and take a fun bet either online or physically at a bookie, but of you want to actual profit from your wager you will need to know what you are doing.

Types Of Bests

There are a number of different bets which one can place on not only one horse but also a number of horses in either one race or over a period of races or time. Some of these bets are statistically very hard to win, and will therefore pay out very well if you get them right, and some are easy to predict and so will not pay out as well.

A Win Bet is the most simple of the bets offered by bookies. This is basically whether a horse will win the race or not. These bets are often placed on the favourite, which means that the horse will have very high odds. The higher the odds, the less money you will earn back if your wager is correct.

A Place Bet is similar to a Win Bet, except that your chosen has to only place or come either second or third. This is also a bet which is usually placed on the favourites of a race.

Each Way is also known as a hedge bet. This is a good way to bet on a horse and collect if they come anywhere in the top three. Basically, if your horse wins with an Each Way bet, you will take home the Win Bet, and if the place you will take away the Place Bet. This bet does, however, come at a higher price than either of the respective bets alone.

A Quinella bet is a bet on two horses, again usually favourites. You predict which horse will win and which will come in second. If you are right then you will be paid out a quinella dividend. This bet can be increases as you wish, which will, in turn, increase the dividend.

A Trifecta is a bet which has very low odds of paying out, but if you do get it right it can be extremely lucrative. This is basically a bet on which horses will come in first second and third.

Knowledge Is Power

As with any type of sports online betting NZ, having a sound knowledge of the sport and its athletes is imperative to successful wagering. Knowing not only the horses but the trainers and the track will give you a boost over the person next to you who places a bet without knowing all of the facts.

Statistics on horses and trainers are easily accessible online on a number of sites. Comparing their performance on various types of tracks, whether they have been rested recently and who they have won against is a good start to building your knowledge and having a positive horse racing experience.

Harness Racing

All About Harness Racing Betting In New Zealand

Harness Racing is typically divided into two styles of racing: trotting and pacing.  This is referred to as the horse’s gait.  A trotter horse moves its legs in diagonal pairs – in other words, right front and left behind, as well as the opposite pair the other way around.  When pacing, on the other hand, a pacer will move its legs forward laterally – right front and right hind together; left front and left hind together.  Pacing is more in line with the natural movement of the horse, than what trotting is.

Pacing races are the more popular type of race in New Zealand, especially when keeping betting in mind.  Pacing is a more secure form of racing when placing a bet, as the horse is less likely to break into a gallop.  Galloping is not permitted during Harness Racing, and the horse is taken to the sideline of the racetrack until such time as it has resumed pacing or trotting.  This obviously typically results in a lost race – bad news for betting.

Major Races In New Zealand

Major races in New Zealand include the Auckland Cup and the New Zealand Cup.  Derby’s are also held, and are traditionally designed for 3 year old horses.  Popular Derby’s in New Zealand include the New Zealand Derby and the Great Northern Derby.  Another favourite is the Harness Jewels race day, which takes place annually in late May and early during the month of June.

Harness Racing: A Very Special Breed

Due to the more technical aspects involved in mobile horse betting using harnesses, a special breed of horse is used.  Standardbreds are the stars of the hour, and will speed around a track pulling a two wheeled vehicle closely resembling a chariot – known as a Sulky.

Standardbreds were initially developed in North America, and are also old favourites for pleasure riding and stunts at horse shows.  Standardbreds are a hardy breed, and tend to be much more sturdy and muscled than other horses.  They vary widely in height, and are the fastest trotting horse breed in the world.  They truly are magnificent to see in action.

Their leanness and muscled disposition make Standardbreds ideal for show jumping too.

The Excitement Of Cheering Your Man Home

Few things beat the feeling of cheering your horse home, and especially so with Harness Racing.  Various forms of bets may be placed, and the sky is the limit, even pertaining to the number of horses that may be bet on at a time.

A Quaddie for instance, is the lingo for placing a bet on a selection of 4 favourite horses running in a selection of 4 races.  During Harness Racing, Quaddies will come into effect during the last 4 races of the day.  The returns on this type of bet can be very attractive.

If you’re feeling generous, you may even opt to re-invest winnings from one race, into a bet on a following race.  This is referred to as the All Up.  The entire selection must obviously come in for a win, for this type of bet to yield a winning ticket.