Frequently Asked Questions
Here we answer the common questions that come up when organising a race night but please don't hesitate to call us if you have a query not mentioned here.
Do people take part with real money?
The sort answer is, yes! But not too much. Say £1 a horse or £5 a jockey, whatever seems appropriate. Playing with 'fake' money never works in our opinion. The only rule with real money is that all profits must go to charity or a good cause.
How many races in a race night?
8 races in total, featuring 8 horses & jockeys in each race.
What's the best way to raise as much money as possible?
The Race Nights that have raised the most money have always started to sell the horses, jockeys and tri-cast squares about 5–6 weeks before the event making the pre-sales and the event cover two months salary of the people attending. It also creates a situation where previously disinterested people may decide to attend to see if they have won a prize. See our separate page on this subject as well.
What's a Tri-Cast Sheet?
A tri-cast is betting on the finishing order of the first three horses past the post (eg) number 4 first, number 7 second, number 6 third (ie) 4,7,6.
The tri-cast sheet is just like a grid raffle with 336 squares on the sheet selling squares for 50p each and paying out on a 50/50 basis will give a payment to the winner and your charity of £84 each. This fundraising method is ideal for pubs and clubs being run from the bar, each square is also numbered consecutively. The squares can also be sold by raffle ticket.
What can be sold?
The choice is yours whether both horses (owners) and jockeys are sold or just horses.
What's the best prize for winners?
Prizes for owners, jockeys etc. should provide good value for money. We have always recommended if selling horses etc. for £2.50, a prize to the value of about £15 is about right. Obtaining sponsors for the event (and individual races) to cover this is a good bet. Local companies can be approached to do this and can really add to the total raised.