Horse Racing Strategy Guide

Horse racing is an age-old sport that has gained popularity in South Africa and worldwide. Although watching horse races may not be thrilling for everyone, betting adds another layer of interaction to the race. Understanding how horse racing works can increase your confidence in betting and potentially lead to winning.

Horse race betting has a rich history and is one of the oldest forms of gambling that still exists today. Sponsorship and money prizes are essential to keep SA horseracing alive and exciting.

If you are new to horse race betting, this guide can provide the necessary knowledge to get started. While there is no guarantee of immediate success, applying the right strategies can increase your chances of winning.


It’s easy to fall into the trap of depositing a small amount of money into your betting account and placing it all on a single race in hopes of winning big. Unfortunately, this usually results in a loss, leading to a vicious cycle of continuously depositing more money to chase losses.

If you’re serious about profiting from betting, it’s essential to allocate a specific amount of funds solely for betting purposes, called your ‘bankroll.’ The fundamental rule of betting is only to bet what you can afford to lose.

Staking Strategy

When it comes to staking, it’s generally best to bet no more than 5% of your total bankroll on any given race. This means that even with a $100 bankroll, you may only bet $5 on a race. As your bankroll grows, it’s still wise to limit your bets to a maximum of 5% of your bankroll, which might be spread across multiple horses. Betway is big on responsible betting, so keeping tabs on how you stake is vital.

Another effective staking method is to bet a certain amount to win a specific amount. Both methods can be effective, but betting a percentage of your bankroll may be easier to track and limit losses.

The most critical rule of staking is to remain disciplined in your chosen method and structure. If your bets make you uncomfortable or nervous, you’ve bet too much. Even in consecutive losses, sticking to your staking method can help mitigate the damage and maintain a steady bankroll. This way, even if you’re experiencing a losing streak, you can still stay in the game and bounce back relatively quickly.

Backing Multiple Runners

When betting on horse racing, it’s important to back multiple runners in a race to maximize profits and minimize losses. The author typically backs 2-4 runners in about 90% of the races they bet on. They use a process where they bet heavily on one runner and have a ‘saver bet’ on the other selections. Only in rare cases, when they are extremely confident, and the odds are less than $2.70, do they put their entire stake on a single runner. It’s better to sacrifice a small portion of the winnings to increase the chances of not losing and maintain a healthy bankroll.

To make a profit from Betway horse racing betting, discipline is key. Many people get caught in a cycle of chasing their losses, so it’s important to have a designated bankroll that you’re comfortable with losing. This bankroll could be a specific amount you can bet with each week. You should be prepared to face some losses, and if you lose the money you’ve set aside for betting, don’t deposit money from other areas of your budget.

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