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I’m Thunderstruck put down after shocking accident

I’m Thunderstruck put down after shocking accident

Two-time Group 1 winner - I’m Thunderstruck – has sadly been put down on veterinary advice after suffering a life ...
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Kersley gunning for Kiwi Group One

Kersley gunning for Kiwi Group One

Fred Kersley will tick New Zealand off his bucket list this weekend when he fulfils a long-held ambition to ride ...
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Desleigh Forster

Brisbane thoroughbred trainer guilty of animal cruelty

Brisbane thoroughbred trainer Desleigh Forster has been found guilty of committing an act of cruelty to a horse, at an ...
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Arapaho claims his first Group 1 in Tancred Stakes upset

Arapaho claims his first Group 1 in Tancred Stakes upset

Rachel King and Bjorn Baker have repeated the dose on Arapaho after combining in the Listed Canberra Cup, they’ve found ...
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Cascadian blows away his rivals in Group 1 Australian Cup

Cascadian blows away his rivals in Group 1 Australian Cup

After a massive run in the $5 million All Star Mile at Moonee Valley last Saturday, Cascadian has backed up ...
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Prowess makes a mess of her rivals in Vinery Stud Stakes

Prowess makes a mess of her rivals in Vinery Stud Stakes

Prowess has produced a dominant display in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes going on to win by a staggering ...
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Frankie Lor bolsters title defence with Sha Tin treble
Frankie Lor reclaimed second place in the Hong Kong trainers’ championship with a Sha Tin treble on Wednesday night to boost hopes of a successful title defence. After a relatively slow start to March, Lor finished in a blaze with nine winners for the month, including two trebles. Typically coy about championship success, Lor again downplayed title hopes despite moving to 43 wins for the 2022/23 season, five behind his former boss – 11-time champion trainer John Size (48). “It’s still too early to tell,” Lor said, referring to the title race. “My old boss is getting winners and Ricky ...
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Lightweight hope Adios takes aim at sizzling dirt finale
Trainer Frankie Lor is hopeful Adios can take advantage of his featherweight impost when he lines up in Wednesday night’s red-hot Class 2 Tung Wan Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin’s eight-race all-dirt fixture. Adios rises in grade tomorrow night with 115lb assigned against proven dirt course performers Campione (131lb), Ka Ying Master (127lb) and Super Win Dragon (120lb), while Computer Patch (135lb), Nervous Witness (134lb) and Astrologer (126lb) also bolster the 12-runner finale. “This time we have a light weight, Karis (Teetan) is on – Karis is always good on the dirt and the pace should be fast, suitable for ...
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Progressive performer ready for Cup test
He’s A Doozy has come a long way in the last 12 months and is in the right order to add another feature race title to his burgeoning record on his home track at Awapuni on Saturday. The Lisa Latta-trained son of Zacinto will take aim at the Group 2 City Of Palmerston North Gold Cup (2000m) in his final appearance before a well-earned break. A Rating 74 winner at Trentham a year ago, He’s A Doozy was successful in the Group 3 Thompson Handicap (1600m) three runs later before he added the Group 3 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) to ...
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Mark Twain ready to write himself into history books
Fresh off celebrating one of his biggest successes in his burgeoning training career, Robert Wellwood will head to Randwick on Saturday in a bid to snare more elite-level glory. The Cambridge horseman was home in New Zealand last Saturday when he watched in awe as stable pin-up Prowess comfortably dispatched of her opponents by 3.25 lengths in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill. “She was superb,” said Wellwood, who trains in partnership with Roger James. “She is very exciting. She came out and looked a chance of winning, but not that well, and when she balanced up ...
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Trobriand thriving ahead of Sires’ Produce
Fresh from riding Imperatriz to Group One success in Australia last weekend, Opie Bosson will be out to add another elite-level victory to his record at Awapuni on Saturday, when he partners Trobriand for Mark Walker in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m). After three wins in succession to start his career, Trobriand has played second-fiddle to unbeaten stablemate Tokyo Tycoon in his past two outings. The son of Kermadec finished third in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) and was runner-up in the Group 3 Matamata Slipper (1200m). With Tokyo Tycoon enjoying time in the spelling paddock, Trobriand ...
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Kersley gunning for Kiwi Group One
Fred Kersley will tick New Zealand off his bucket list this weekend when he fulfils a long-held ambition to ride in New Zealand. The Melbourne-based jockey has jumped at the opportunity to travel outside of Australia for the first time, enticed by a book of mounts at Awapuni on Saturday that includes last-start winner Aprilia in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m). The U S Navy Flag filly is trained by Andrew Forsman, whose invitation to partner the two-year-old was quickly accepted by Kersley. “I’ve been pretty keen to get over there for a while and finally everything ...
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Tokyo Tycoon returns post-race positive
Unbeaten Mark Walker-trained juvenile Tokyo Tycoon has returned a post-race positive result to meloxicam following his victory in the Group 1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Pukekohe on March 11. The son of Satono Aladdin defeated Ulanova, Tulsi and To Catch A Thief to cap a perfect five from five campaign. After being notified by the Racing Integrity Board of the positive, Te Akau Racing have released the following statement: “We are extremely disappointed to be advised by the Racing Integrity Board (RIB) that Tokyo Tycoon has returned a positive post-race result for a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medication following the Gr.1 Sistema ...
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Desleigh Forster
Brisbane thoroughbred trainer Desleigh Forster has been found guilty of committing an act of cruelty to a horse, at an Eagle Farm training facility last month. In a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission steward’s inquiry on Monday, Ms Forster pleaded guilty to possessing and using a stockwhip, which is capable of inflicting cruelty to a horse. Ms Forster was found guilty of striking thoroughbred Private Banker numerous times with a stockwhip to encourage it to enter a training pool. Under the Australian Rules of Racing the possession and use of a stockwhip has been banned since 2009. Stewards will hand down ...
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Samantha Collett
Expat New Zealand jockey Sam Collett will make a fleeting return to New Zealand this weekend to ride at Awapuni’s feature meeting on Saturday. Collett has answered the call of Taranaki trainer Bill Thurlow, who she has a great association with, having recorded her first Group One success aboard the Thurlow-trained Glory Days in the 2019 Auckland Cup (3200m). Her primary mount of the meeting will be No Rain Ever, who will line-up in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m). It will be the filly’s fourth career start, having finished runner-up in each of her three prior outings ...
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Michael Chang revels in Sha Tin three-timer as Purton, Hamelin, Bowman post doubles
Winding back the clock almost a decade, Michael Chang lodged his first treble in nine years with a crucial three-timer at Sha Tin on Sunday to claim training honours on a stellar afternoon for the veteran. Marking the first time since 13 April, 2014 when he combined with Olivier Doleuze aboard Sunshine Kid and Prince Of Sunshine and Douglas Whyte on Boy Oh Boy, 61-year-old Chang today led in Lost Child, Forever Folks and Ching with a statement performance. The first Hong Kong handler to train a winner in the United States in 2014 when Rich Tapestry won the Group ...
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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 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 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 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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