Have a flutter on the Tote
The Race Club invested in a new Tote system in 2011 with one of the features being the facility for punters to place their bets with the Tote ‘on the move’. You can still queue up for service at the traditional ‘Tote window’ but alternatively look out amongst the crowd for the Tote officials wearing distinctive tee shirts.
The Tote offers a greater range of bets than the standard race course bookie. Bookies will generally only offer you bets to win, or win and place (each-way). The Tote offers you the same but also the opportunity to bet place only. In addition the Tote has a forecast bet known as the Exacta and an accumulator bet over 4 races- the Jackpot or Pick 4.
Each Way Bet
For Win and Each Way bets the minimum stake is £2. A win only bet will therefore cost you a minimum £2, whereas to cover Each Way will cost £4; that is £2 on to win and £2 on to place. If you wish to bet Place Only the minimum is again £2. Usually the return on a place bet will be relatively low but occasionally a high dividend is returned, as happened at the July evening meeting in 2011 when the Place dividend on a 10/1 winner paid 25/1 on the Tote! For races with up to 4 runners there is no place betting, it is ‘win only’. For races of 5-7 runners, a place dividend is paid on 1st and 2nd places; for races of 8-15 runners, a place dividend is paid on 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Forecast or Exacta Bet
The Tote also offers a forecast bet, known as the Exacta. For this bet you have to select the 1st and 2nd horses, in the correct order, in any race with three or more runners. As most of the races run at Les lands have no more than 7 or 8 runners, the bet is not as difficult as it seems. Nevertheless, if you get it right the dividends can be very rewarding. In 2012 the Exacta dividend exceeded £100 on several occasions and, in 2011, there was a £265 payout on an 8 runner race. The minimum stake is £2 for a single Exacta, with a combination bet covering three horses, in any order, costing £12.
Jackpot or Pick 4 Bet
The Jackpot or ‘Pick 4’ is an accumulator requiring you to correctly pick the winner of Races 2, 3, 4 and 5. The minimum stake for this bet is £1 but you can improve your chances by having a combination bet; for example to cover two horses in each race will cost 2x2x2x2= £16. In 2011 the Tote paid out over £3,300 to one lucky punter. Having three winners running on in the Jackpot certainly makes the last race of the day more exciting!
The Tote offers a range of bets, with the opportunity to win big for a small outlay but, win or lose, it’s worth remembering that all profits from the Tote go toward continuing to provide horse racing in Jersey.
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Gordon Moody association: www.gordonmoody.org.uk Tel 01384 241 292
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