Dutch Betting In Horse Racing

You can ‘Dutch’ horse racing bets very easily here at RaceBets. Before showing you how it’s done, let us explain what ‘Dutching’ means and why some bettors choose this method of making wagers. By the way, if you have reached this page looking to bet on horse racing in the Netherlands, you will be pleased to hear that RaceBets is one of the very few bookmakers that offers betting on races in Holland. Check the meetings column, on our homepage, for a full list of Netherlands races that are taking place today.

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What Is Dutching?

The term ‘Dutching’ means to back more than one runner in a race. Essentially, you are making a bet that no horse in the remainder of the field will win the race. Let’s take a look at a scenario where a punter might choose this strategy.

Let’s say that there is a race that is being run on a very tight track, over one mile. The track also has a very short finishing straight. Making a quick break from the stalls is very likely to be vital, under these conditions.

Typical Scenario

It is an 8-runner race and, after studying previous races, you can see that there are only 4 horses that break quickly. They have been drawn into stalls 1, 2, 4 and 7. The horse in stall 7 actually looks the weakest of the 4. As the track favours a low draw, anyway, you discount this horse and decide that this race is going to be contested by the horses in stalls 1,2 and 4.

You look at the history of the race and see that only 3 horses in the last 15 years have won this fixture without previously winning a listed or group race. As only the horses in stalls 1 and 4 have managed to do this, you decide to ignore the horse in stall 2 also.

However, you cannot decide which of the remaining 2 horses is most likely to win this race. You check the fixed-odds and can see that the horse in stall 1 is priced at 3/1 and the horse in stall 4 is priced at 5/1.

You decide you are going to Dutch your bet. This means that you will bet on both horses to win the race. While this means that your profits will be much smaller, if you pick the winner, your chances of making a winning bet are much higher.

Dutching Options

You might choose to bet the same amount on each horse. Alternatively, you could size your bets so that you got roughly the same return whichever horse won.

Is Dutching Worthwhile?

Punters have long-argued whether Dutching is more or less profitable than standard betting. The truth is that it neither gives you an advantage or disadvantage. Your lower profits are offset by getting a greater strike-rate.

To Dutch your bet, simply select 2 (or more) horses from the same race card and choose the amount that you want to bet on each runner. It really is as simple as that!

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