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Newbury racecourse party in the paddock

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Newbury racecourse party in the paddock

I'm taking my 12 year old daughter and her friend to the Jessie j event at the racecourse, which starts early evening. Should we arrive as the gates open at 11am or later on? We've got premiere enclosure tickets.

We've never been to the races before. How does the betting work? Should we have a flutter on each race to keep their interest going during the afternoon? Any other tips welcome. Thanks.


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1. Re: Newbury racecourse party in the paddock

IF you want to watch the racing then you do need to be there a good hour before the first race.

I like to go down and see the horses in the parade ring - decide which one(s) I like the look of for the race - I don't always place a bet but I do 'note' them in my head as the horse I have picked for the race, to watch and see how it gets on.

There is a legal age for gambling in the UK so you do need to be aware of that.

For betting you have three options

Independent Bookmakers - usually have a minimum bet fee and that can start to mount up quite costly.

The racecourse betting shop is like the kind of every day betting shop you seen in the high street - perhaps call in to one if you have the time and get some general information 'direct'.

The Tote generally tends to work out cheaper, you can make a variety of different kinds of bet from 'to win' 'to place' and then various combinations

There is some useful information here:


This wiki gives a very good breakdown of the different types of Tote bets you can make:


The pontefract racecourse site has some excellent advice on betting with the bookies:


and this is what Newbury's own website has to say on the matter:


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2. Re: Newbury racecourse party in the paddock

Many thanks for your advice. We're all v excited!


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