History of horse racing: how the sport evolved

Unlike many European countries, horse racing is an unpopular sport here. The most popular association for most of us is the identification of horse racing with wealth and prestige. People go to the racetrack to admire the fastest horses. However, we can observe that the sport is becoming more and more common, and as a result, whole families with children, or fans whose financial situation is average, are increasingly in the stands. 


Where did horse racing come from? 

When we hear about horse racing, our first thought will be to bet. Horse races were organized in Great Britain in the 17th century. According to legend, it was at one of these races that the first betting was made. 

The history of horse racing on our lands begins much later, around the 1830s. The beginning of horse racing betting is unofficial. Racing became popular around the 1970s. In Europe, this popularity meant that almost everyone bet on them, regardless of their financial situation or background. 

But during the communist era, a complete ban on betting was introduced, causing discontent among the general public. The only exception allowed by the authorities was horse racing. Many very experienced gamblers believe that betting on horse races is a fantastic way to make money. However, this only applies to a gambler who is very well prepared. 


What are the rules of horse racing? 

Horse racing, which takes place at racetracks, does not have many rules. In its most general form, it can be described as a competition between two riders on specific horses. There may be differences in such factors as: distance, the origin and breed of the horse, the way they travel, and the type of surface used on the racetrack. 

The winner, of course, is the horse that crosses the finish line first. The most common types of horse racing are: steeplechase, sprint race and free race. 


What are the stakes? 

Sports disciplines are characterized by their own types of bets that we can place. Horse racing boasts a short list of options. Horse racing bets can be placed as follows: 

  • ordinary bets where the winner is predicted;
  • level bets where the first two horses are predicted, but without specifying their exact order;
  • two-way bets that are similar to order bets, but where the order of the horses is indicated;
  • exactly the same way we define bets for three and four. 


Tips for betting on horse racing

Experienced gamblers are unlikely to share their secret tricks, but there are a few basic rules we should follow. First of all, we should focus on keeping up with all the statistics. In the digital age and how easily we have access to the net, this should not be a difficult task. 

Finding information about a rider or horse should take no more than a few minutes. You should also pay attention to the location of the race and the weather forecast. This is very important in the case of horses that perform better in specific weather conditions, such as sudden rains. 

Some horses also do better on very warm days, so it all depends on the right “combination” of information we have. The number of bets we make should always be as small as possible. This is a rule worth applying in the case of betting on other sports as well. Be patient and know how to control your emotions, even in case of failure. It is an important skill.