Race Betting

A huge part of the tradition of racing is placing a bet on your favourite horse(s). Get in on the action with one of these bets.

WIN – Bet a horse to WIN.

PLACE – Bet a horse to finish in the placings. The number of horses qualifying for PLACE payouts depends on the number of runners:

Five runners or less: NO PLACE BETTING
Six to seven runners: FIRST
SECOND
Eight to 15 runners: FIRST
SECOND
THIRD
16 or more runners: FIRST
SECOND
THIRD
FOURTH

EACHWAY – Combines a Win and Place bet. You collect the Win and Place payouts if the horse bet on finishes FIRST. You get the Place payout if the horse finishes SECOND or THIRD (the number of PLACE payouts varies according to the number of runners, see above). The same amount is always bet for the Win and the Place. Example: An Eachway bet taken 3 times is a R3 Win & R3 Place = R6.

SWINGER – A great bet! Pick 2 horses in a race and couple them in a Swinger. You win if the 2 horses chosen fill 2 of the first 3 places. There are 3 winning combinations 1st & 2nd (or 2nd & 1st); 1st & 3rd (or 3rd & 1st); 2nd & 3rd (or 3rd & 2nd). No payout 3rd & 3rd if deadheat for THIRD. The minimum bet on the Swinger is R2.

EXACTA – Bet on the horses to finish FIRST and SECOND in the exact order. Bet 3 different ways:

  • Single: Choose 1 horse for FIRST and 1 horse for SECOND.
  • Perm: Choose any number of horses for FIRST and for SECOND.
  • Box: Choose 2 or more horses. You collect if the horses chosen include the FIRST and SECOND finishers.

DOUBLE – Choose the winners of the 2 consecutive races that comprise the Double (the first of the 2 races in a Double is termed Leg 1; the second is Leg 2). A Double can be taken on all consecutive races – i.e. Races 1 & 2; 2 & 3; 3 & 4 etc.

TRIFECTA – Bet on the horses to finish FIRST, SECOND and THIRD in the exact order.

QUARTET – Bet on the horses to finish FIRST, SECOND, THIRD and FOURTH in the exact order.

There are 4 different ways to bet the Trifecta & Quartet: Single, Multi, Float (Rove) & Box.

A popular Trifecta option is Multi, choosing one horse for FIRST with three or more other horses for SECOND and THIRD. Cost of betting 1 horse for FIRST with:

  • 3 other horses for SECOND & same 3 horses for THIRD: R6
  • 4 other horses for SECOND & same 4 horses for THIRD: R12
  • 5 other horses for SECOND & same 5 horses for THIRD: R20

PICK 3 – Choose the winners of any 3 consecutive races. One horse or more can be chosen in each of the three races. Fractional betting may not be used.

JACKPOT – Choose the winners of all 4 races that comprise the Jackpot (Legs 1 to 4). One horse or more can be chosen in each of the 4 races. Fractional betting may not be used.

PICK 6 – Choose the winners of all 6 races that comprise the Pick 6 (Legs 1 to 6) and you can win a fortune! One horse or more can be chosen in each of the 6 races.

PLACE ACCUMULATOR – Choose a horse, or horses, to finish FIRST, SECOND or THIRD in each of the 7 races thatcomprise the Place Accumulator (Legs 1 to 7).