Place your bets at the Met with our handy guide

2015-01-29 08:26

You may think of the J&B Met as a chance to put on your glad rags and mingle with the rich and famous.

It is that, but it’s also an opportunity to test your luck by placing a bet on the horses.

The J&B Met is the main event at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, and the eighth race on the day’s programme.

For those who haven’t taken a flutter before, here’s a step-by-step guide.

1. Every racecourse has tote counters and you can start by going to one of them.

2. Once you’ve asked to place a bet, the person at the counter will ask which race you would like to bet on. You need to be very specific – make sure you know the number of the horse, the number of the race, the racecourse and day of the race. These details are important as it will help the person at the counter identify that particular race because there are several others taking place on that day in different venues nationally and internationally.

3. Once you’ve specified this (for example, Number 5, Race 8, Kenilworth Racecourse, today) place an amount. The minimum amount for a bet is R6 and it can rise to thousands of rands.

4. Decide on the kind of bet you would like to make. This might be tricky for a first-timer and you will need to know what each betting type comprises. They are:

» Win

A win means you bet on a horse that will run first. Simply put, place a bet on a horse and it must win the race for you to receive a payout.

» Place

A place is a safer option when betting. Here, you will bet on a horse to run first, second or third. However, the J&B Met will pay up to fourth and fifth places since it is one of South Africa’s major races.

» Eachway

An eachway is a combination of a win and place bet. You collect the win and place payouts if the horse you bet on finishes first. You get the place payout if the horse finishes second or third.

» Swinger

The swinger is a great bet with its minimum amount of R2. It allows you to pick two horses in a race that will place in the first three. This means your chosen horses must place first, second or third.

» Exacta

The exacta is similar to a swinger but here you bet on horses to finish first and second in that exact order.

» Double

A double works with races that take place before or after the Met. Choose the winners of two consecutive races and get the payout for both. A bet can be taken on all consecutive races, for example, Races 7&8, 8&9 and so forth.

5. Check your ticket carefully after it has been issued to you. Make sure all the details are correct; you don’t want to lose out on your win due to a slip of the finger by the person at the counter.

6. Then hang on to your ticket for dear life.

7. If you are uncertain about your selection of horses, you can cancel your ticket and ask for another one with your new selection.

8. It helps to wait 30-45 minutes after the race before you claim your payout at any tote counter at the racecourse. You can also claim your payout during the course of the week at any TAB (Totalisator Agency Board) office. They are found in all urban areas.

If you need further help, tote facilities are available at Kenilworth Racecourse for you to take bets on your favourite horses. For more information, ask for a betting guide and assistance at any tote counter or any of the six information kiosks. If you have any betting queries, contact the J&B Met information centre on 021 700 1621.

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