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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015 11:43PM CET

At RaceBets.com you can bet on a big selection of horse and greyhound races from all over the world. All kind of races offered for betting are very similar, in that the runners and riders are all tasked with attempting to be first past the post over a set distance.

Apart from the distinction of horse and greyhound racing we can further break down the main types of horse racing into two different categories: Gallop and Trot.

There are a few exceptions but basically the Betting Rules for all kind of races offered at RaceBets.com are the same.

Gallop

In Gallop fixtures, the jockey will be riding on the horse's back. However, we can further break down Gallop racing into two separate areas. They are Flat and Jumps.

A Flat race will be over a relatively short distance and the horses will not have to overcome any obstacles. Famous Flat races include the Epsom Derby and the St Leger Stakes.

Jump races are for jumpers, in the UK they are specifically known as National Hunt races. The runners will have to overcome a number of obstacles, which will either be hurdles or fences. Fences are bigger and sturdier than hurdles, which are much easier to jump over.

A race over fences will be known as a chase, or steeplechase. Well-known National Hunt races include the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle and the Aintree Grand National.

Trot

Trot races are entirely different. The person that is controlling the horse is called the driver as in most of the races they do not sit on the horse's back. Instead, they are pulled-along in a two-wheeled cart which is known as a sulky. Only in very few Trot races, so called monte races, the horse is ridden by a jockey.

The horse is required to travel at a specific gait. Any runner that breaks into a full gallop will be disqualified from the race. Trotting races are slower than Gallop fixtures. Track-position is key and the races are very tactical. No jumping takes place in a Trot event.

 

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