Guide to Betting

A bet is the risk of a sum of money or valued item against someone else’s on the basis of the outcome of an unpredictable event such as a race or game.
A bet can also make any race that so much more thrilling – beating the bookmaker is always an exciting challenge for every punter!

Type of Bets:
There are two types of very popular standard bets – win and each-way.

A Win Bet is very simple – and arguably the most exciting – your horse and jockey have to both cross the line first. They have to win the race.

Each way is very much the same as a win bet but it also has the place part of the bet too.
This means your horse has to finish in the placing of the race, in order for you to get a financial return. Each race has different place terms,
down to the size of the field (how many runners) – so refer to the points below for a full list of place terms

An each way bet is two bets, so it does cost twice as much. (A €5 each way bet would cost €10)

  • Handicaps of more than 16 runners – 1/4 odds on first four places.
  • Handicaps of 12-15 runners – 1/4 odds on first three places.
  • All other races of more than 8 runners – 1/5 odds on first three places.
  • All races of 5-7 runners – 1/4 odds on first two places.
  • All races of less than 5 runners – place money goes on to win.

Odds Explained:

The odds (or price) express the probability of a horse winning a race. 

  • Odds against: Less than 50% predicted probability of winning.
  • Odds on: More than 50% predicted probability of winning. On Course Betting

Bookmakers: The Bookmakers are situated in the middle of the enclosure between the two stands.
Tote: There are various Tote windows around Killarney Racecourse and it’s always easy to get a bet on with the Tote.
Ladbrokes: We have two Ladbroke SP Offices

You will find details of how to place a bet in your race card.

Reading the Form:
A list of all entered horses is first available on-line five days before the event.
Final declared runners and riders will appear on the site 48 hours before each race day.
Please note that changes can occur on the day of the race (such as non-runners, jockeys), and therefore details of runners and riders should be used as an indication only.


form reading

The owner’s colours, worn by the jockey during the race to distinguish them from the other runners.

Horse and Owner
The name of the horse is listed above the name of the owner.

Weights affect the chances of the horses in the race.

In conditions races – including weight-for-age races – each horse is allocated a certain weight to carry, depending on factors such as age, sex, and previous races won in certain circumstances.  In handicap contests, the weight for each horse is allocated by the official handicapper, according to past performance.

Jockey and Trainer
As well as looking for a horse in form, following a successful jockey or stable can be an effective way to begin your search for a winner.


Previous Form
The recent performances for each horse are listed in abbreviated form, for example: [124-PB1]. The number represents where the horse was placed in each race, with the most recent performance on the right.

A Guide to Symbols Used

  • / New Season
  • F Fell
  • – New Year
  • U Unseated Rider
  • B Brought Down
  • P Pulled Up
  • d Disqualified
  • O Unplaced