Horse racing: How much to bet? And for what gains?

How much to bet? And for what gains?

Have you already chosen your Turf site? So you can start placing your first bets! You will find in this article the basic advice for good betting: on which races to bet? What types of bets to choose? What gains can we expect?

What types of bet to start with?

You may be tempted to start betting by playing Quinté +, probably the most famous turf bet in France, made popular by PMU. But this type of bet requires a very good knowledge of turf, and is therefore suitable for experienced bettors. The bets placed are not the most profitable, but they have the highest probability of winning.

Simple betting, for example, exists in two different forms. For the simple winning bet, you have to find which horse will win the race. For the single bet placed, you must find one of the first three at the finish for a race of 8 horses or more, or one of the first two for a race of 4 to 7 horses. If you bet on a single place, you have a one in four chance of winning. These are bets that exist on all turf sites.

Another type of bet, which is also accessible to beginners, is the 2 out of 4 bet. Two horses must be designated which will be in the first four of the race. You can play it on two races per meeting for a basic stake of € 3. For this type of bet, you have a 1 in 7 chance of winning, so the stake increases compared to the single bet placed.

Finally, the multi is a slightly more complex type of bet but its combinations allow you to get your hands on it. You must designate from 4 to 7 horses in which the first four horses of the race must be. The more horses you bet the more chances you have to win and the higher your starting bet. You can also play it on two races per meeting for a starting bet of € 3.


As previously explained, “wager placed” type bets do not bring in the largest amounts of money, but are more accessible to beginners. The winnings for a single bet are generally a multiplication of the starting bet by the odds of the horse. If you bet 1 €, you can touch between 2 € and 5 € depending on the horse on which you bet. For the 2 on 4, the bet is most often multiplied by 3 or 4. Finally, for the multi, the winnings are much higher if you bet only on 4 horses with a gain rising around a thousand d ‘euros. The more your multi bet includes a large number of horses and the more your gain will be less, between ten and one hundred euros.

Once you’re comfortable with horse racing, you can try Quinté +, the type of bet that wins the biggest amount of money in turf. The principle is simple: you must designate five horses in order of arrival. You then have five chances to collect earnings with different ratios. “Order” if you have found the first five in order, “Disorder” if you have found them in order, “Bonus 4” if you have the first 4 horses in any order, “Bonus 4 of 5 “if you have 4 horses in the first five in any order, and” Bonus 3 “if you have found the first 3 in any order.

In addition to the aforementioned gains, you can make a lot more money with the “Piggy Bank” system, which amounts to at least 1 million euros. For each bet on a Quinté +, a number between 1 and 3000 is assigned to you. A winning number is drawn for each Quinté +. If you find the order report and the winning number is yours, you will receive your “Order” win. If you get one of the other four reports and the winning number, your win is multiplied by 10.
The sums which are generally won with a Quinté + are in the order of several tens of thousands of euros for the “Order report” and around one hundred euros for the “Disorder report”. The gains obviously evolve according to the odds of the horses arriving in the top five.

The rating

Horse ratings are indications that allow you to know at a glance the favorite horses and the underdogs of a race. The higher the rating of a horse, the greater your winnings if that horse wins. But if his rating is high, it is that few people see him winning, so there is little chance of winning. It is better to bet first on horses with a low odds: this means that this horse has a good chance of winning the race, the bettors betting on it.
You should know that the odds are not fixed, they fluctuate constantly, especially when approaching the race. With each new information given by a horse’s entourage or by an expert, the horse’s rating is reassessed. You can bet practically until the start of the race. But don’t forget that the rating is only an estimate. Like a prognosis, it is not completely reliable: the horse with the lowest odds will not necessarily win, its race depending on a multitude of factors.

How to bet?

You should know that in turf it is quite rarely a question of winning large sums of money, the objective of good bettors being to win small sums regularly. It could be tempting to bet a large sum on a horse since the gain, if successful, would be very high. But in the event that the bet turns out to be inaccurate, the loss of this sum would be regrettable. It is therefore recommended to bet little but often and over several races. It will also bring you experience and then lead you to other riskier but more profitable bets.