Having a bet at the races is great fun, whether you’re a high roller or only want to risk a couple of pounds, so take a look at our guides beneath and surprise your friends with your new found betting knowledge. How the odds work, where and how to place your bet and where to go for advice on who to pick.

Everything you need to know to get started is in the guide beneath.

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To place a bet, all you need to do is:

  • Choose your horse
  • Note the time of the race
  • Decide how much you wish to stake – you can place a bet from as little as £2

You can then choose where to place your bet – making sure you always check your bet immediately on receipt, as any mistakes cannot be changed once a race has begun.


The Tote is available on-course and is a pool betting service (like a lottery). This means that for each race, all the money for the different bet types are put into one pool and then shared out amongst the winners after each race.

Your betting on the racecourse with the Tote supports racing, with the majority of revenues flowing back to that racecourse.

There are several bet types available with the Tote such as win, place, each way (win and a place bet) and an exacta (picking the first two in the correct order).

One of the most famous tote bets is the placepot which rewards customers who can pick a horse to place in each of the first 6 races. The average dividend of the Placepot is over £454* to a £1 stake so it is a fun bet where you can a large amount for a small stake.

The Tote has a minimum bet of just £2 and accepts cash and card across all courses making it one of the most convenient ways to place a bet on-course with large payouts available for relatively small stakes

You also have the option to place a ‘Lucky Pick’ bet, which is similar to the lucky dip on the National Lottery. However, the Lucky Pick is designed to be smarter than a random lucky dip as it uses a special formula which is weighted towards the more likely outcomes in an event.

Whatever way you make your selection- by choosing your favourite jockey silks or studying form, there are plenty of betting options and the friendly Tote team are always on hand to help with your selections.

(*for the 12 months leading to October 2018)


William Hill are on site in the Lewes Stand, and also have a kiosk in the Paddock Bar.


Bookmakers are available on the Grandstand side at all fixtures, and are available at select fixtures in the Picnic Enclosure.


You will need a credit or debit card to open an online betting account with any online bookmakers. Minimum bets and opening balances vary.

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