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Apache Chase leads through to claim Kingsford-Smith Cup

Apache Chase leads through to claim Kingsford-Smith Cup

Desleigh Forster was adamant in her instructions to Jim Byrne before the $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup – don’t go slow. And those instructions ...
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Pinarello outstays his rivals in Queensland Derby triumph

Pinarello outstays his rivals in Queensland Derby triumph

Co-trainer Roger James’ gut feeling to keep Pinarello racing has paid off after the three-year-old saluted in the $1 million Queensland ...
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Huetor takes out Group 1 Doomben Cup

Huetor takes out Group 1 Doomben Cup

Despite most of the pre-race talk being about raging-hot favourite Zaaki, Paul Snowden knew Huetor was set for a big ...
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William Pike

Pike rates Taksu’s chances in BRC Sprint

Star jockey William Pike believes Taksu gives him his best chance of saluting in what will be a bumper afternoon ...
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Bendigo trainer Kym Hann

Our Destrier heads Hann team for Darwin Cup Carnival

The $200,000 Darwin Cup (2050m) is not until August 1, but at this early stage Bendigo trainer Kym Hann might ...
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NT trainer Jason Manning

Max Fire to lead Darwin Cup Carnival charge for Manning

Jason Manning has been training in the Top End for some 16 years, and just like his fellow counterparts he’s ...
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Barb Raider packs plenty in The Roses win
Barb Raider is now third-favourite for next Saturday’s Queensland Oaks after her courageous $250,000 The Roses victory at Eagle Farm today. After holding a good position for the duration of the 2100m stayers’ feature, Craig Williams held his nerve aboard the three-year-old filly when she had challengers on either side of her deep onto the straight. They were Belle Savoir and Smirk, who finished a respective second and third for Nick Ryan and Chris Waller. 2022 The Roses Replay Barb Raider’s excellent win now has her into $7 with Ladbrokes for the Queensland Oaks at the same venue next Saturday. And Williams cannot wait ...
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Savvy Nine
In the midst of a resurgent season, Matthew Chadwick hopes the combination of potentially rain-affected ground and Douglas Whyte’s finesse will allow Savvy Nine to contend strongly in the HKD$3.7 million Group 3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (May 29). Chadwick has posted 44 wins this season and, with 14 meetings left to run, could mathematically reach or better the 57 victories he slotted in 2012/13 after reaching a career total of 450 wins in Hong Kong with Circuit Nine’s success last Sunday (May 22). The former champion apprentice believes Savvy Nine is poised to ...
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Tutukaka
New Zealand trainer Tony Pike is hoping the turnaround in weather can play into the hands of his Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) contender Tutukaka at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Usually lapping up the Queensland sun at this time of year, Pike and his fellow Kiwi raiders have been experiencing a deluge of rain, more accustomed to their homeland. While Pike hasn’t appreciated the inclement conditions, he is pleased to see the weather fine up ahead of Saturday’s racing. “The weather has only started to turn around in the last 24 hours. It’s about the first decent day we have ...
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Tofane
Trainer Mike Moroney’s association with four-time Group One winner Tofane is set to continue. The Flemington trainer farewelled the New Zealand-bred mare before she was sold to Yulong Investments on the Gold Coast, but to his delight he was approached to continue training the daughter of Ocean Park into the early stages of the spring. “We thought that she would make at least AUD$3 million, and she made AUD$3.1 million,” Moroney said. “I was quite lucky afterwards – Yulong approached me and said they were going to put her back into work and asked me to take her back for ...
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Trisha Lea
Top jumps jockey Shaun Fannin has been enjoying another aspect of racing lately – training. The Central Districts horseman took out his trainer’s license last season and now has half a dozen horses in work at Awapuni. “I pottered around with one or two horses last year and now I have got seven or eight around me,” last season’s New Zealand Champion Jumps Jockey said. “That is where I want to head in the future. Those seven or eight keep me really busy with the jumping at the moment.” Fannin will be looking for his first victory in a training ...
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William Pike
Star jockey William Pike believes Taksu gives him his best chance of saluting in what will be a bumper afternoon of rides at Eagle Farm on Saturday ...
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Bendigo trainer Kym Hann
The $200,000 Darwin Cup (2050m) is not until August 1, but at this early stage Bendigo trainer Kym Hann might well have a serious contender ...
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NT trainer Jason Manning
Jason Manning has been training in the Top End for some 16 years, and just like his fellow counterparts he’s very much looking forward to the Darwin Cup Carnival ...
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Joao Moreira
Joao Moreira is chasing an unmatched fifth win in Sunday’s (May 29) HKD$3.7 million Group 3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) when he gets the leg-up on Excellent Proposal for trainer John Size at Sha Tin. Already unrivalled with four wins since the race’s inception in 2016, Moreira will once again take a leading contender into the end-of-season feature race which is named after a famous Hong Kong summit located in the Sha Tin District and overlooking Kowloon. Excellent Proposal is chasing a first win since his barnstorming triumph in the 2021 HKD$12 million Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m), while ...
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Spring Tide
New Zealand trainer Chrissy Bambry isn’t expecting any early fireworks from her Group One performers Spring Tide and Deerfield when they belatedly open their campaigns at Trentham on Saturday. The Foxton horsewoman has been frustrated by a lack of suitable races to kick off the duo, who will go head-to-head in the Southey Sayer Chartered Accountants Handicap (1400m). “I would have liked to have got them back a bit sooner, but the programming didn’t favour any open 1200m races, there hasn’t been one for seven weeks so it’s been a bit of a mission,” Bambry said. Spring Tide hasn’t raced ...
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Our writers all have extensive knowledge of all codes of racing and betting. More importantly, they all have a passion for what they are writing about and a desire to get an edge on the bookmakers. So they will endeavour to steer you in the right direction when it comes to assessing where the value lies in wagering markets.

Our website is always a work in progress as we find new frontiers for online betting. Anywhere a cup or trophy is up for grabs, you can be certain the odds-makers will be keen to frame a market and the punters won’t be far behind.

Global horse racing – From Flemington to Churchill Downs

With wall-to-wall sport on cable TV and online, you will never be short of a race on which to have a wager. Horse racing is beamed live from various tracks around the world almost every day of the year.

From the home of the Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs, to the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, each year the team at RacingOnline.com will be on hand to give you advice and talk you through your punting experience.

With the growing global nature of horse racing Racing Online strives to give an unbiased view and ratings of horses as they cross oceans to tackle some of the biggest races in the world.

For instance as early as the late 1980s horses from afar began journeying to Victoria, Australia regularly to tackle the world famous Melbourne Cup. With it often the case in the modern years that more than half the field will be made up of international raiders.

The growing impact of the Asian horse racing scene has proven to be a hit with many horses from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Europe opting to send talented types here for the big purses.

Great racing from around the globe

Australia: The racing Down Under has always revolved around Melbourne’s spring carnival, but since 2014 there has been a seismic shift from that line of thinking. Sydney has stepped up to the plate, consolidating many of its autumn carnival highlights into two days of racing known as The Championships. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with its enormous prizemoney, is seen as the challenger to the W.S. Cox Plate as the weight-for-age championship of Australasia. Then there are the ARC Derby and Oaks, Sydney Cup, Doncaster Mile, T.J. Smith Stakes and more. That’s eight Group 1 races at Royal Randwick, yet only time will tell if The Championships can challenge the attraction of the Melbourne spring. Highlights such as the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and the jewel in the crown, the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, make spring racing unmissable for expert and novice gamblers alike.

United Kingdom: There is nothing like the chaos of the Grand National at Aintree. A huge pack of steeplechasers tackling some 30 fences and four miles of gruelling action. The race generally becomes a survival of the fittest. Far more urbane is Britain’s Royal Ascot Carnival. There is plenty of pomp and pageantry with the Queen in attendance and top hat and tails in abundance, but this week-long festival also features some of the best racing you are likely to see. Elsewhere, the English Derby and Oaks rank among the most coveted races in Europe.

Dubai: The most powerful racing empire in the world is controlled from Dubai. Godolphin’s tentacles reach into nearly every racing jurisdiction and the quality of its horseflesh is incredible. The Dubai World Cup, run at the stunning Meydan track which opened in 2010, is the richest race in the world with $US10 million in prizemoney. The Dubai World Cup day meeting has total prizemoney of more than $US25 million.

France: The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps on the banks of the Seine is arguably the most sought-after race in Europe. The list of recent winners includes superstars such as Montjeu, Sea The Stars and Treve. The 2400m Arc is among the richest turf races in the world and is run over 2400 metres in early October. On the weekend of the race, seven Group 1 races are run at the track.

Hong Kong: This mecca of horse racing boasts only two tracks, but they have become home to some of the most competitive and strictly controlled racing on the planet. Not to mention the enormous turnover all races in Honkers attract. Happy Valley is a tight circuit set spectacularly amid skyscrapers in the centre of the action. Sha Tin is a more traditional racetrack well away from the city centre which attracts enormous crowds and even bigger plaudits for its International Race Day, featuring Group 1 races the Hong Kong Cup, HK Mile, HK Vase and HK International Sprint. Many of the best jockeys and trainers in the world have set up shop in Hong Kong.

Japan: An emerging powerhouse in the thoroughbred ranks, with its locally trained horses winning regularly all around the world. The Japan Cup, a 2400-metre weight-for-age test at Tokyo Racecourse on the last Sunday in November, is the jewel in the crown of Japanese racing. It is the second-richest turf event in the world.

North America: The United States has the fabulous Breeders’ Cup Championships Series, a two-day extravaganza of Grade 1 races boasting extraordinary prizemoney and attracting superstar thoroughbreds, riders and trainers from home and abroad. It is held at a different venue each year. In 2015 it was at Keeneland, in 2016 at Santa Anita, in 2017 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California while in 2018 it will be held at Churchill Downs. But for its sheer magnetism of the masses, the Kentucky Derby is near-impossible to beat. It has been on our bucket list since reading the memorable essay of Hunter S. Thompson’s trip to the 1970 Derby which appeared in Scanlan’s Monthly. Of course, the Kentucky Derby is just the first leg of the holy grail of American racing, the Triple Crown, which also includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in New York.

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The Sport of Kings holds a special place in our hearts. There’s nothing like the grand spectacle of the biggest races played out in front of enormous crowds on the greatest racecourses on the planet. Flemington, Sha Tin, Meydan, Churchill Downs, the pomp and pageantry of Royal Ascot and so on.

At RacingOnline.com we will do the legwork and chase up the background information on the biggest and best races and race-days around, and how to bet on them with the best chances of getting a good return.

With advancements in technology, there are no impediments to sitting back on your lounge in Bristol and backing one of the string of European stayers tackling Australia’s Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup. Or sitting in a pub in Brisbane and having a trifecta on the Hong Kong Cup from Sha Tin.

The gambling world has become ever more connected and with so many options it can seem a minefield. We will attempt to take the mystery out of it. The bookmakers we recommend are all among the best and most reliable. When you win, you want to get paid, and our favoured operators have passed the test of time.

Mobile sports betting apps

The statistic prove betting on racing is happening more and more on smartphones and tablets. All of the bookmakers and racebooks we promote have mobile apps and websites available for punters, with the bet options available equal to those you would find on the bookmakers desktop versions.

One area you may find slightly different to the desktop bookmakers websites is the deposits or banking, where you might find there are less payment methods. Despite this you will still find plenty of options, depending on where you are betting from.

Most countries like Australia and England have regulated sports betting industries, meaning we can download apps from electronic shops like the Apple App Store and the Android powered Google Play store. If you are in the USA, China or another country with strict gambling laws you may not be able to download a ‘market app’, rather you will have to use the bookies’ mobile sites.

Generally a bookmakers mobile site will look and function exactly the same as the app – but may be missing features like live streaming or some odds feed features. Overall though mobile betting is becoming more and more popular meaning the services are improving quickly. Racing Online will review the best apps

Freebets and bonuses at online betting sites

There is great value to be found in signing up at multiple online bookmakers, or if you are a once in a blue moon punter you can increase your outlay by signing up at a new bookmaker. Wherever you are in the world, there is a very strong chance there is betting sites offering “welcome packages” or “sign-up bonuses” to people in your jurisdiction.

While the traditional freebets offer where the bookie just gives cash to do as you wish with is pretty much dead, when you sign-up at a betting site and make your first deposit often the bookie will match this outlay. Giving you twice the money to bet with. For instance you might deposit USD $1000 and the the bookie has promised to match your first deposit 100% up to $750. This means you would have $1750 ($1000 initial outlay + 750 bonus) to bet with.

With the bonus amount you are gifted there is usually restrictions placed on it, meaning you have to wager the amount before you can withdraw it.

How to find the best sites to bet on horse racing

There are some key criteria RacongOnline.com uses to judge a racing betting site. Here are some of the things we deem to be of the utmost importance.

Sign-up bonuses: If you are ready to test your judgment with cash bets, be alert for the best deals available. Many of our recommended betting operators offer to match your initial deposits up to substantial amounts with bonus bets. Some of these deals are not available to all customers, as they are not allowed in certain states and territories.

Superior licensing: All our preferred wagering groups must meet stringent criteria and be registered in a trustworthy jurisdiction. They must also meet tough banking standards, with many offering the same sort of online security for your details that you would expect from a major bank. We always endorse betting at a site registered in your jurisdiction.

Competitive odds: It often pays to have accounts with several different bookies. This will allow you to shop around for the best prices and also to take advantage of any special offers. A few cents difference in price here and there may not seem much, but it can make all the difference when you tally it up at the end of the week/month/year. It could mean the difference between winning and losing over the long haul.

Mobile adaptability: With the fast-paced nature of life we believe it’s important a betting company has good mobile products. The sites we endorse at the very least have a fully functioning mobile website, while most have shiny state of the art apps.

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