Ante Post Betting Guide
Betting Guide

What is Ante Post Betting?

Ante Post betting, commonly referred to as futures betting, is common in horse racing betting. Especially for big events such as the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot, ante post betting allows you to get some very good value on horses that might be short-priced favourites closer to the time. You can bet on any of markets here at 21.co.uk

How Does Ante Post Betting Work?

Ante Post betting occurs before any racecards have been confirmed. This means that the odds are normally greater than they should be, as a potential favourite has not been 100% confirmed to be racing. Races like the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National garner the most Ante Post attention. As these races are amongst the biggest in the calendar, they also provide the most speculation when it comes to which horses will be racing. Speculation is one of the biggest factors in the Ante Post market, as no one can be sure which horses will actually be racing.

There are some risks when Ante Post betting, however. Although ante post provides good value, if your horse doesn’t end up running in the race that you have selected, then you bet will automatically settle as a loss. If you can predict which horses are running and it pays off, you will normally get much better odds. Ante Post can also be applied to different betting markets, including greyhounds and football betting. For example, a bet on the outright winner of next year’s Premier League is technically a futures bet but without the added risk of a potential non participant.

Ante Post Betting Example

In anticipation of the Grand National, you’ve placed a bet on Horse A to win in January, 3 months before the actual race. As the race draws closer, Horse A’s trainer confirms it will be entered into the Grand National, making your ante post bet valid for the race. The bet will then be treated as any other bet.

Alternatively, Horse A is confirmed to enter another race on the same day, ruling it out of the Grand National. As soon as official racecards are confirmed, your bet will be settled as a loss. If you're looking to place some of these bets why not check out our Cheltenham Tips.

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