Race Night FAQ

To help you run a successful race night here is some basic information and some of the frequently asked questions about race night organisation.


Q) Race Nights are they legal?

A) Yes, a race night properly run is actually a lottery, as defined in the Lotteries and Amusement Act of 1976. The films are simply an entertaining way of selecting a winning number at random, and the tote ‘betting’ tickets are just chances in a lottery where nobody knows which number will win. It is worth explaining that our race nights are the type of event where films are picked at random, none of the actual runners on the film are named, and no ‘form’ (information about the runners) is given until all the bets have been placed. The films are then shown in their entirety after the betting has finished.


Legally a Race Night should not be the only form of entertainment, a mini quiz, food, presentation event or social meeting run in conjunction with any of these mean, the sole inducement of the night is not just the racing. If a race night is held on your premises, you do not have to register with the police, or obtain a license. You can also hold a race event on a Sunday.


All our activities are governed by the Charities Act 1992, which includes a set of rules, which professional fundraisers must follow. The most important point is that we have an agreement — a legal contract with the organisations we support, and all our partner charities are registered charities.


Q) How does the race night work?

A) A race night usually consists of 8 races. The first 5,6,7 or 8 races are ‘normal races’ where you would be expected to sell each of the horses in each race to an owner prior to the race night. The owner names the horse and would get a prize if their horse wins the race. The last race is an auction race where each horse is sold to the highest bidder on the night, with a large prize; usually half the total money bid is given to the winning owner of this race.

For the auction race the horses are sold to owners who bid for each horse.

The betting is opened and tickets are sold for each horse. When everyone has had a chance to buy tickets for the horse(s) of their choice the betting is closed.

Whilst the odds for each horse are being calculated a member of the audience is invited to select a race from a selection of unmarked security sealed cases. The value of each ticket is announced to the audience. The race is played. The winning ticket holders collect their money. The winning owner is presented with their prize.


Q) How much should I charge my race sponsors?

A) As much as you can! Although you may wish to get prizes from each of your sponsors or charging sponsors £10 to £20 per race and buying prizes from the fund may raise extra funds.


Q) How much should I sell my horses for?

A) This depends on how much you think your customers can afford. The simple answer is: as much as you can! As a rough guide previous organisers average between £1 and £5 per horse although if you can arrange some great prizes you may be able to charge more.


Q) How much will the tote tickets be on the night?

A) Once again this can depend on how much you think the audience can afford. The average race night will charge 50 pence per tote ticket for races 1 to 4 (the first half). For the races in the second half the bets are usually raised to £1. This is purely a guide as you are free to determine your own prices.


Q) What will I have to do on the night?

A) The main job for the organisers on the night of the race night will be to handle all the financial arrangements. The presenter will NOT be involved in any of the financial transactions regarding the betting of horses, or receiving money for auctioned horses.


Q) How many ticket sellers do I need to organise?

A) This depends on the size of the crowd. For a small to medium crowd, four ticket sellers each selling tickets for two horses will be enough.


Q) How are the prices (odds) for the horses worked out?

A) At the start of the race night a percentage pay-out is agreed. The total money collected for each race is totalled and the pay-out percentage of the total is split between each ticket sold for each horse. On the night, a computer operated by the presenter will calculate the prices.


E.g. If horse 1 sells 20 tickets at 50p each = £10.00

The total sold by the other horses = £40.00

Total money in for race = £50.00

Money for fund raising at 50% £25.00

Total Prize fund for race £25.00


If horse 1 wins the race each ticket worth (£25.00 divided by 20 tickets sold) = £1.25 per ticket.

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Technical Specification
Number of People

1-500 guests

Indoor Events


Customisation and Game Branding

Yes - you can customise programmes / tickets and fun money

Age Limit

Children - Adults

Outdoor Events

No - Indoor Use Only

Game Dimension (WxDxH)


Power Requirement

13amp 3 pin plug

Requires Staff


Space Required (WxD)


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Locations Covered

We cover the whole of the UK and Europe with single day hires and long term hire options available.

Cities we cover in the UK.

Aberdeen, Armagh, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chester, Chichester, City of London, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Ely, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hereford, Inverness, Kingston upon Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newport, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Ripon, Salford, Salisbury, Sheffield, Southampton, St Albans, Stirling, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Truro, Wakefield, Wells, Westminster, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Worcester, York,

Counties we cover in the UK.

Avon, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Borders, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Central, Cheshire, Cleveland, Clwyd, Cornwall, County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry, County Tyrone, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Dumfries and Galloway, Durham, Dyfed, East Sussex, Essex, Fife, Gloucestershire, Grampian, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Gwynedd County, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Highlands and Islands, Humberside, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Lothian, Merseyside, Mid Glamorgan, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Powys, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, South Glamorgan, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Strathclyde, Suffolk, Surrey, Tayside, Tyne and Wear, Warwickshire, West Glamorgan, West Midlands, West Sussex, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire,

Cities we cover in Europe.

London – UK, Berlin - Germany, Madrid – Spain, Rome – Italy, Paris – France, Bucharest – Rumania, Vienna – Austria, Hamburg – Germany, Budapest – Hungary, Warsaw – Poland, Barcelona – Spain, Munich – Germany, Milan – Italy, Prague - Czech Republic, Brussels – Belgium, Stockholm – Sweden, Amsterdam – Netherlands, Zagreb – Croatia, Athens – Greece, Riga – Latvia, Helsinki – Finland, Düsseldorf – Germany, Glasgow – UK, Copenhagen – Denmark, Dublin – Ireland, Lisbon – Portugal, Antwerp – Belgium, Edinburgh – UK, Cardiff – UK, Belfast – UK,

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