Harness racing is a unique sport in that horses carry drivers along in carts called sulkies.
Gate speed, recent form and barrier draws all play a huge part in determining what odds and price each runner starts at in a harness racing event.
Harness racing is arguably even more entertaining to bet on than straightforward horse racing. In harness racing, drivers can go a long way to determining the winning chances of their horses. It isn't uncommon to see the best driver in the race start on a horse that is favourite, purely because punters have put their faith in the driver, not the horse.
Harness racing in Australia is run in almost every State except the Northern Territory. The main meetings of the week are run at Tabcorp Park Melton, Tabcorp Park Menangle, Gloucester Park and Albion Park. The highlight of the harness racing calendar is the Inter Dominion, while other Group Ones include the Miracle Mile, Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup and Ballarat Cup.
There are meetings almost every day of the week to bet on - check out tab.com.au for which meetings are being held today.
There are also several major meets to bet on in New Zealand, while TAB.com.au also offers the opportunity to bet on some of the biggest harness races from overseas, including the Prix d'Amerique in France, the USA's Hambletonian and the North America Cup.
Harness Racing Odds
Pacing and Trotting
Pacing events are the most popular form of harness racing. Harness horses are either pacers or trotters, with pacers boasting a more fluent action than their trotting counterparts. Trotters, however, have a growing following and usually take up at least one race during a harness racing meeting.
The circumference of harness racing tracks can range from 700 metres to 1400 metres. This affects the tactics which each driver will employ on their horses, as tactics they would normally use on a 700 metre track will be almost useless on a far bigger, more spacious circuit.
TAB Sportsbet is one of the very few bookmakers that offer Fixed Odds betting on harness racing events. The main meetings in NSW and Victoria are covered each week while others throughout the week also have Fixed Odds trading available.
Check out tab.com.au for which meetings are being covered by Fixed Odds this week.