Racing is part of the fabric of the UK, like bacon and eggs, cups of tea and talking about the weather and it is the latter which plays a major part in the sport.
In countries where it is hot for most of the year, the going is not too much of a factor but it is everything in the UK, with four seasons in one day not uncommon.
Horses that have dominated over a period can easily be withdrawn on the day of a big race after a deluge leads to heavy ground, and punters need to be wary of those left in a contest when conditions are soft if the animal favours quicker ground.
Owners and trainers are usually watchful and diligent over this issue as the wellbeing of the horse is of paramount importance, but it can be frustrating for racegoers the length and breadth of the country.
Jumps racing in the British Isles is a huge sport, with the Cheltenham Festival the obvious centre piece as it attracts the best from Ireland to take on their British rivals.
Prestbury Park in the Gloucestershire countryside is another example of the nuances of UK racing, with the undulating course and famous hill towards the finishing line causing the downfall of many a favourite over the years.
While the form of a horse and opposition are clearly vital and should be studied as in any country, overhead and under-hoof conditions are equally as crucial and it pays to make sure you have done your homework on a particular horse’s record at a certain track before parting with any hard-earned cash.
Checking out the bookmakers with the best odds can help in this respect when it comes to the analysis prior to the start of a race.
It is also prudent to watch out for trainers who take one of their charges to a specific course for a random one-off race.
It usually means they have a good feeling that their horse may have an excellent chance of landing the spoils, otherwise they would probably not bother, and so it may be worth the odd shilling or two.
Flat racing dominates in the summer months and the draw can be all-important to the outcome of a contest.
Once again, due to the variables caused by weather and drainage, sections of a track, even over a short distance of five furlongs, may differ significantly and give horses drawn in certain stalls a big advantage.
Quite often the sprinters will split and one side of the track appears faster than the other.
Certain courses in the UK have a draw bias and punters need to take that into consideration when trying to pick a winner.
It is important to make sure you do your research to improve your odds of landing the spoils to go home with extra cash in your pocket.
There are obviously many ways to narrow down your selections to try and beat the UK bookies but some sill still favour sticking a pin in the race card or backing an animal with a fancy name.
It is not recommended but sometimes effective!