How to bet on ante post betting

Ante Post BettingBetting isn’t all about selecting the winners of the events taking place today. Ante Post Betting gives you the option to place bets on events that may not take place for several months or even years in the future. As will be explained, Ante Post betting is a risky business but it can also be quite profitable.

Ante Post Horse Racing

There are few sports that have a continual eye on the future than horse racing. You will always have the option of betting on races that may not be taking place until the following year.  This is particularly the case with flat racing in the UK with what are called the ‘Classics’ namely The 1000 Guineas, The 2000 Guineas, The Derby, The Oaks and The St.Leger.

Don’t think that jump racing is left out when it comes to Ante Post betting because that’s definitely not the case.  Races such as The Grand National and the major races at the annual Cheltenham Festival (for example, The Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Champion Hurdle and The Triumph Hurdle) all have massive amounts placed on them in the Ante Post betting market.

As an example, let’s take a look at The Derby, one of the most popular flat races in the world. It takes place every June at Epsom and is contested by three year old male horses so the next Derby takes place in June 2015.

Racehorses make their debut as two-year olds but sometimes it is possible for there to be Ante Post betting odds on a horse even before it has made its debut. This is often the case when a leading trainer has a well regarded prospect that has been doing well on the gallops. It can also happen when a horse has parentage which reflects that it could well be a great racehorse. For example, a horse which has a Derby winner as a parent could well be something special.

When a two-year old horse makes its debut and puts in a good performance, then bookmakers will be offering odds on it winning one of the Classics the following year.  Those odds will change constantly as it has more races, a series of wins as a two-year-old, especially in high class races, will see the odds either lengthen (if it runs poorly) or shorten (if it keeps on putting in good performances).

The following year when the horse is three years old and takes part in the 2000 Guineas, the betting on the Derby continues to change. A horse winning the 2000 Guineas is likely to become favourite to win the Derby especially if it looks as if racing over the mile and a half distance of the Derby won’t cause a problem. However, it may become apparent that it will struggle to last out the distance so its odds would lengthen and it might not even take part in the big race.

In the months leading up to the race itself, there are big races such as The Dante at York, which are described as Derby trials. How a horse performs in these races will see the Ante Post betting odds fluctuate. So as you can see, Ante Post betting on the Derby and other leading races is a fascinating challenge.

The Perils of Ante Post Horse Racing Betting

If you go online or into a betting shop and put a bet on a race that’s taking place later that day, it’s safer than Ante Post betting.  Why?  Well if you back horse number 3 in the 2.30 at Chepstow and it doesn’t come under starter’s orders (take part in the race), then you receive your stake money back.

However, with Ante Post betting that is in no way guaranteed. Say in 2014 you saw a two-year old horse run really well and decide to bet 20€ on it winning the Derby in 2015 at odds of 20-1 If your Ante Post selection doesn’t take part in the 2015 Derby then you will not receive your stake money back unless it is balloted out of the race (this happens when the number of potential runners entered for a race is higher than the number that can actually take part). This often happens in the Grand National.

So with Ante Post betting there is a higher degree of risk involved. That’s the big gamble you take with Ante Post betting.

There are some bookmakers who do offer money back if your selection is a non-runner. It’s a competitive market out there but this isn’t likely to be offered until very close to the date of the race.

Other Sports

It’s possible to find Ante Post betting markets on a whole variety of sports events, not just horse racing. In football you can bet on who’s going to win the Premier League or the European Championships or the next World Cup even if it’s four years away.

Again it’s a difficult bet to place because you just never know what’s waiting around the corner. Before the season starts you may decide to take the odds and place a bet on Liverpool winning the Premier League. Then they sell Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge gets injured. That bet of yours doesn’t look quite so good now does it?

You can even bet on television talent shows and those really are difficult to gauge. A performer doing well on the first week of auditions in ‘The X-Factor’ will be a favourite to win. You may well be a fan and put a bet on them winning the final, but you haven’t even seen the other singers yet.

The good side of Ante Post Betting

It’s a gamble but sometimes they really do pay off. It may be that the two-year old horse that’s been getting rave reviews on the gallops and is 33-1 to win the Derby next year, really is a star of the future. It can go on to win some major two-year-old races and then the 2000 Guineas the following year. By now it’s the odds-on favourite to win the Derby and there you are sitting with a 33-1 bet in your back pocket.

In football you might get 12-1 on Arsenal winning the Premier League and the week after they go out and sign some new players.  Ante Post betting is a bit like putting money on a soap opera (that’s possible too by the way; take the ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale?’ storyline). You put your money on and then just follow the ‘storyline’ until the event is over.

Another bonus is that if your 33-1 shot has a few setbacks then you have plenty of chances to lay bets on other fancied runners.  You could end up with several horses backed but still be in a position where you will make a profit on the race if one of your horses wins. If you’ve placed an each-way bet then there’s even more chance of a return.

Considerations to make when placing an Ante Post bet

When placing an Ante Post bet, you need to look into the future and try to predict what is going to happen. If in March you fancy a bet on the Derby, which takes place in June, have a look at the possible weather in that month. If your horse prefers to race on soft ground and forecasters are predicting a hot summer, then that means the race will take place on good or good to firm ground, so don’t put that bet on. If the forecasters say it’s going to be a wet summer then your horse might just get its soft ground and could be a great Ante Post bet.

Have a look at whether your selection is trained by a trainer who might have several entries in the race. If they have a record of only having one runner in big races, will that entrant be your selection or a stable mate? It’s a bit of a nightmare because the favoured entrant one month might not be the favoured entrant in a month or so.

Keep an eye on what the trainer says about your horse and the races it could take part in. You might want to back it for the Derby but if the trainer suggests it might be held back for another race at Royal Ascot in June or perhaps the Irish or French Derby, be wary.

If you are placing an Ante Post bet on football, look at the potential hazards that lie ahead. Has your selection got players who might ask for a transfer? Have other teams got lots of money to spend on new players? Might your manager leave the club?

One problem with Ante Post Betting is that it ties up capital. It may be over a year before the race takes. Only place long-term Ante Post bets if you can afford for that capital to be tied up for a lengthy period of time.


Ante Post betting is fascinating but also highly risky. It’s great to be able to place a bet before the Premier League starts and follow your bet throughout the season. It’s even more exciting placing an Ante Post bet on a major tournament that takes place in the future or a horse race that’s not going to take place until next year.

Just remember the risks that are involved with Ante Post betting. Your selection might not even make it to the big race and you lose all your money.

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