The Best Harness Racing Sites in NZ

Harness racing in NZ is very similar to that which takes place in Australia. Many horses are allowed to cross the Tasman, meaning that they can compete in both countries, too. Harness racing in NZ allows for open lane operations as well, although it is called a passing lane in New Zealand. These lanes, however, do not operate on all of the tracks, and continue to be a point of argument for industry participants.

The richest and most significant event in terms of Harness racing in NZ is the New Zealand Trotting Cup, and this is run at Addington, in November each year, for older pacers. When it comes to Harness racing betting, other major events include the Auckland Trotting Cup, the Noel J Taylor Memorial Mile, and the New Zealand Messenger Championship.

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Types of Harness Race Bets

  • All Up / Poker Harness Racing Bets

The All Up is not in itself an example of one of the harness racing bets punters from this country can enjoy, but is rather the action of reinvesting the outcomes of one race into that of another. For example, you could choose between 2 and 6 races at the same meet, placing a Win, Place, or Quinella wager. The dividends from these harness racing bets would then be reinvested into the next bet you placed. All of your selections would need to come in for your ticket to be a winning one.

A Poker bet is a thrilling variation, which sells a number of All Up wagers on one ticket. With this bet, if you have picked correctly on just 2 races you will receive a dividend.

  • Double

Doubles require that you select the winning horses from 2 separate races at 1 meeting, as nominated by the TAB. Each race is referred to as a Leg of this Double, and this kind of betting will close as the first Leg begins. A concession is also provided for on Doubles, and this will be paid when your first pick manages to win the first Leg and comes in at second place on the other.

Harness Horse Racing for Big Wins

When it comes to Harness racing betting, it is all about the odds. If you bet NZ$2 on a horse to Win and the harness racing odds are 2 – 1, then you will more than double your cash, for a return of NZ$6. In other words, you would multiply your NZ$2 bet with 2/1 and then add the initial bet once more. School mathematics will do you well when it comes to working out the harness racing odds of the horses you are interested in!

When it comes to Harness racing betting, this sport is deemed by many to be more exciting that simple racing is. With harness races, the drivers make a far more significant impact on deciding which horse will win, and when looking at harness racing odds, bear in mind that the best driver in the race may not necessarily have the favourite horse.