Race Night - How It Works

This page is intended to help explain how the evening will work.

It may sound complicated, but is actually fairly simple.   The whole evening has been designed for you to have lots of fun whilst raising money for the club.   Please do remember when the races are on the louder you scream and shout the faster they run!

Dinner will be served at your table and will be at around 8:00pm depending upon the exact timing of the races.

There will be 8 exciting pre recorded races chosen at random, each race has 8 horses.   There will be a mixture of flat and jump racing and race 7 is a pig race!   Race 8 will be an auction race (please see further down for more details).


Own a horse for a Race

You may become the jockey for a race.

Tickets cost £5.00 and there is a bottle of wine if you win.

There is a sheet in the clubhouse, (or email mowerpd@gmail.com) and making payment to the Cuckfield Tennis Club Bank Account (Account No. 00418240, Sort Code 30-18-30).   There are no tickets available on the night.


Placing Bets

If you wish, you may place a bet.   Choose a horse from the race card, no form for the horses exists, you are only going on the name or number that appeals to you.   At the start of each race you will hear how your horse has performed in previous races and how much the payout will be.

Half of the value of the bets will be returned to the winners.   The other half will go to the Tennis Club.

Bets are a minimum of £1.00, you may bet as much as you like for instance £2, £5 etc, we can not take 50p’s.   You may also bet on more than one horse in each race if you wish to increase your chances of winning!

You are only betting on the horse to win, no each way bets and no prizes for coming second!

Odds for all the horses start at zero, the payouts change as the bets are taken.   A horse that has only a few bets will have a high payout and a horse with lots of bets will be a low payout. We only know the payouts once the betting for each race has closed, your compere will tell you the amounts before each race begins.

To place a bet please come to the tote table and tell the host how much you wish to bet and on which number horse. You will then receive a printed tote ticket which you need to keep. If your horse wins bring your ticket back to the tote desk to collect your winnings. You can place multiple bets on each race but we only take bets for one race at a time.

Race 8 will be betting as normal but will also include an auction race which is separate from the tote. Your compere will auction all 8 horses to the highest bidders. Half of the money from the auction will be going to the good cause/charity and the other half will go to the winning owner. The more money we sell the horses for the higher the pot will be. You might want to consider pooling your money together as a table to create a syndicate as usually the horses sell for a reasonably high amount of money and the pot can be quite large, remember you will have a one in eight chance of winning so it is worth having a go if you can afford a horse.


And Finally

We hope you enjoy your evening and have lots of winners. Please bet generously but only what you can afford to lose. 




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