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Racing For Beginners

How to pick a winner?

Nobody knows who is going to win but to give yourself the best possible chance we recommend that you study the 'form'. This is information and facts about a horse's previous performances and can be found in the race programme or card which is available to buy at the course on the day.
 
Alternatively, you can make a selection by watching the horses in the Parade Ring, picking your favourite name or maybe the Jockeys colours that you like the best.
 
Whatever your tactic we wish you the best of luck!
A young race goer studies the racing programme in the sunshine and smiles.
Crowds fill the stands at Brighton Racecourse as they await the start of the next race.

Where to watch

If you have a Premier, Grandstand or Paddock ticket, racing can be watched live from the Grandstands and the terraces as well as from many private suites. You can also see all the action on the big screen positioned over in the centre course as well as on Racing TV screens in our restaurants, bars and betting hall.
 
To feel the thrill of the race, the best place to stand is right by the rails or make your way down to the final fence so you can feel the ground move as the horses come thundering down the final furlong.

Parade Ring

Racegoers with Premier, Grandstand or Paddock tickets have access to the Parade Ring. This is the perfect spot to pick your winners, as you can view the horses as they are led round the ring before their race. Here you’ll have the chance to see how fit the horse seems, their temperament and even how they behave once the jockeys mount up before heading to the start point.
 
After each race, the Parade Ring becomes the Winners Enclosure. Witness the joyous moment of the return of the winning and placed horses when they meet their owners and trainers. This is also where the winner will be presented with their trophies.
Visitors line the outside of the parade ring at Brighton Racecourse as the horses are walked around.

If you fancy a flutter and are new to racing, download our Betting Guide below.

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Card – Short for racecard. This is your race programme with the runners and riders.
 
Colours (Silks) – The colours worn by the jockey in a race.
 
Handicap – A race in which weights are to be carried by each horse according to recent or past racing performance.
 
Form – A record of a racehorse’s previous performance.
 
Furlong – An eighth of a mile, 220 yards or 201 metres.
 
Going – A term used to describe the condition of the ground, ranging from hard through to heavy. These include: Hard, Firm, Good to Firm, Good, Good to Soft, Soft, Heavy.
 
Listed Race – A high class competitive race.
 
Maiden – A race for horses that have not yet won a race.
 
Non-runner – When a horse is no longer running in the race.
 
Stewards – Officials responsible for enforcing the British Horseracing Authority’s Orders & Rules of Racing.
 
Under Orders – When the racehorses are called into line before the start of a race. Once racehorses have come ‘under orders’ they are judged to have competed in the race and no bets will be refunded.

Weighed in – Weighing of jockey before and after a race to ensure that the correct weight has been carried. At the end of the race when ‘weighed in’ has been announced this means the result is official and all bets can be paid out.
 
Weights – Fixed weights to be carried by horses in a race according to ability, age, distance, sex, and time of year. This weight includes the jockey and equipment, saddle and weight cloth.
 
Weight Cloth - Leather cloth with pockets that hold flat pieces of lead. They are removable and interchangeable. The weight cloth is carried under the jockey’s saddle and is to ensure that they ride at the correct weight in a race

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