Ante-post betting can be classed as high risk with the possibility that your selection may not even run in the chose race.
Bookmakers will create ante-post markets weeks and even months in advance as they look to attract customers. However, even though the price offered looks very generous you are punting even before the horse has been declared for the contest.
Your chosen selection may gain an injury in preparation for the race or the trainer may elect to run him in a different contest. This is the risk you are taking and so the enhaced price you are being offered has a whole host of variables that could mean your horse doesn't run.
If your horse racing selection fails to make it to the race then you will not gain a refund on your bet, you just have to take that gamble in hoping he makes it to the start line for the future contest.
Generally, bookmakers create ante-post markets for all the Blue Riband events throughout the season with the likes of the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot attracting strong ante-post turnover.
The Cheltenham Festival has some thriving ante-post markets as contenders for some of the top races continue to contract in price leading up to the specific race and punters want to gain the biggest price possible.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle are just two of the festival's Grade One races that attract huge ante-post custom with both markets fluctuating throughout the season. If a certain horse has a poor run in a trial then the bookmakers tend to lengthen his price and the punter gains greater value, but if a contender for the big race wins easily then punters are likely to get a skinnier price before they won the aforementioned race comfortably.
With so many trials for the top races, whether it's the Dante Stakes for the Epsom Derby or the Fighting Fifth Hurdle for the Champion Hurdle, all these warm-up races affect ante-post markets and it's always interesting to see the oscillating prices of a horse as the season draws to a climax at the big meetings.
Paddy Power are a bookmaker who attract a lot of custom from the ante-post markets and they offer customers a whole host of opportunities throughout the year.
Whether it is on a flat Classic or a Grade One national hunt contest, Paddy Power allow punters the chance to bet on most top racing during the season.