Betting On Horse Racing In Running

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Discover the concept of in-running betting in horse racing. This guide unpacks strategies for beginners to pros whilst also comparing the benefits of betting exchanges over bookmakers.

Betting On Horse Racing In Running
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In Running Considerations

The main consideration should be time delays. If you are sitting at home watching a race on TV then the pictures you are watching are probably going to be somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds behind what is actually happening at the course. Avoid watching horse racing in HD if you are betting in running, HD pictures are usually a few seconds further behind standard definition pictures. Anyone who is betting in running at the course is going to have a huge advantage over those doing the same at home so if some seemingly bizarre in running odds appear it could be because something has happened that you won’t be aware of for another 10 seconds or so.

Angles For Backing In Running


Racing Style

Flat RaceThe racing style of a horse can often mean that it trades bigger than it should do. Simply being a hold up horse probably isn’t going to ensure that a horse trades bigger in running as everyone will be able to see from it’s form that it is a hold up horse. However horses that get behind in their races and come off the bridle earlier than others can trade much bigger in running.

You might think a 2/1 favourite has a great chance of winning a race and that the 2/1 is a fair price but you should also consider what price you might get in running. It wouldn’t take much for the horse to trade bigger than 2/1 in running unless it gains an early advantage, even being at the back of the field might cause the horse to hit 5/1 in running even if the horse is still going relatively well. The position of a horse in the race and how it is travelling will usually dictate the in running odds that are offered.

Pace Of The Race

The pace a race is being run at can also determine whether or not a horse is a good in running bet. If you can see that a race is being run at a furious gallop then you’d want to be looking at hold up horses as in running bets. If the race is being run at a crawl then the horses that are racing prominently are going to be advantaged so should be considered as in running backs. If you are unsure how a race is going to be run it can pay to pick out your fancied hold up horse and your fancied prominent racer and back whichever one looks like it is being favoured by the way the race is being run after a two or three furlongs.

Angles For Laying In Running


Racing Style

The horses most likely to trade short and get beaten in racing are so called ‘bridle horses’. These are horses that travel very well throughout a race but find very little when the jockey gets serious. There are also horses that do nothing when they hit the front and when a horse looks like it is going to win but often fails to then that is a good candidate for laying in running.

Pace Of The Race

Flat Race On DirtThe pace of a race is one of the most important factors in deciding which horse wins and laying those that are not being favoured by the way the race is run can be quite profitable. You don’t want to be laying at too big odds though so finding races where a fancied favourite that is a front runner faces plenty of competition for the lead could make a good lay. If that horse doesn’t get the lead it requires after a furlong or two it is probably time to lay it and it should still be relatively short odds in the betting. Similar sentiments apply to fancied hold up horses that require a strong pace to run at. If you notice the horse isn’t getting this during the race it would be a good opportunity to lay the horse.

To read more about Laying Front Runners In Play check out the link to read to the relevant OLBG forum thread.

In Running Trading

All of the above require your selections to either win or lose, depending if you have backed them or layed them, but there are also ways to make money from trading runners in running.

This requires backing or laying a horse before the race and then laying or backing it during the race. All you need to do for this is identify a horse that will trade at significantly different odds to those offered before the race. If looking to back to lay you want a horse that is going to trade shorter in running so horses getting an easy lead or bridle horses would be good for this. If looking to lay to back you want a horse that is going to trade bigger in running so runners that might come off the bridle early or might get behind in the race would be suitable choices. As long as the odds trade as you expect and you get your bets match (picking the right odds to lay off at can be crucial) then you will make a profit.

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