Gambling on horse races is among the oldest forms of sports betting. Even before online sportsbooks came along, people used to troop to the racecourse, (bookmakers camped here a lot), and buy tickets on their way to the spectator stands.

This still happens to date, albeit in a more tempered manner since online betting took over. There is never a shortage of horse races to bet on, given the many competitions which take place in the world all year round. That said, some races are more attractive than others.

When betting on horse races, here are the best competitions to go for.


This is a race in the UK which was promoted to Grade 1 status in the National Hunt races. Often referred to as the Victor Chandler Chase, this mid-January race has numerous markets to bet on, as horses compete over a two-mile distance.

The Grand National

This is arguably the most significant race to bet on in the UK. It drives both fans and bettors crazy. The best of the best, both horses and jockeys, line up to battle up over roughly four miles with hurdles to jump over. Anything can happen here, including an outrageous win!

Cheltenham Gold Cup

This is the most-awaited race during March’s Cheltenham Festival. It is the most prestigious race at the event so you might guess it attracts the best talent, and antics. It is also part of the closure activities, so it offers a great chance to make a final coup with your bets.

Queen Mother Champion Chase

This race happens as the Cheltenham Festival enters its second day. The race qualifies competitors through key trials at Ascot, and elsewhere; only the best horses over two miles make it this far. The horses are still trying to get better for longer distances, so this is where they test themselves to the limit.