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How to place a bet...

CHOOSE YOUR HORSE. Whether you study the form, like the name or have a gut feeling, choose a horse and stick to it.

CHOOSE YOUR STAKE. Decide how much of your hard-earned money you’re willing to stake (and be prepared to lose it).

CHECK THE ODDS CAREFULLY. There’s no point in putting €2 each way on a 5-4 favourite — it will end up costing. Only back each way on horses over 5-1.

BE CLEAR AND CONCISE. Clearly label (in legible handwriting where possible) your chosen horse(s), your stake and the time and venue of the race.

DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR DOCKET. Because you won’t be able to claim your winnings without it.