A guide to ante post betting

As a lot of punters will back specific horses as singles, it’s important to take the best available price on the market. This is different to betting on multiples where you’ll improve your bookmaker odds based on how many selections you add in and the size of the odds for each included selection; When it comes to betting on horses as singles, you have to seal the best price from the horse tip you’re getting behind.


In the same way that some inexperienced punters have struggled with the concept of NAPs and Lucky 15s, there’s been issues with backing a horse on an ante post basis as it’s not immediately clear as to what that means. Ante post tips are made up of horses that you can bet on at least 24 hours before the race takes place, sometimes even going as far as being available days, weeks or even months prior. People gamble on ante post tips as it’s a reliable way of claiming the best odds on horse racing, with it being a way of benefitting fans of the sport for several years.

Why are ante post tips so popular?

Due to the fact that you stand a chance of taking a far stronger price through backing your bets on an antepost basis, bookmakers have made it more easily available for all punters. It’s often referred to as ‘Future Races’ and you’ll find a price for every horse you can bet on for key races several months in advance. This gives you an opportunity to seal a better price before any major fluctuations in the market.

The bookies will pride themselves on providing the odds on some of the biggest race meetings as early as possible to give their customers a better chance to get involved. Although you won’t always find ante post tips on a lot of betting websites, there are a regular selection available on The Winners Enclosure, where they always look for value in the coming day’s races.

Making the most of ante post bets

Whether you’re looking to bet on The Grand National, Cheltenham Festival, The Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot or Glorious Goodwood, these are the sorts of horse races that you’re likely to find on bookmaker websites distinctly early compared to other runs taking place. This is primarily down to the demand from horse racing punters across the country.


Best Odds Guaranteed on UK and Irish races is a promotion that you’ll find with most bookmakers. It’s a way of assuring that you won’t get a weaker price even if the odds go bigger after you’ve backed your bet. This might be the only reason why some people refrain from betting on ante post tips, as the BOG offer only works if you back your horse on the same day. There will usually be more benefits from betting ante post though, as the price will tend to be far stronger when the odds are first released due to it being before any changes are made such as injuries to other favoured horses.