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Gundec wins Derby Preview

Gundec plunges in VRC Derby betting after Preview win

Craig Williams made it a winning treble at Flemington on Wednesday in the Derby Preview aboard Gundec, who has plunged ...
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Barb Raider wins Oaks Preview

Barb Raider leapfrogs Kapalua Sunset in VRC Oaks betting

After Kapalua Sunset raced to the top of the VRC Oaks market on Tuesday at Kyneton, Barb Raider has now ...
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Kapalua Sunset wins at Kyneton

Kapalua Sunset storms into Oaks contention with maiden win

We have a new favourite in the 2021 VRC Oaks betting after Danny O’Brien’s filly Kapalua Sunset won her maiden ...
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Zaaki wins Doomben Cup

All eyes on Zaaki ahead of G1 Underwood Stakes

Cox Plate favourite Zaaki had his first gallop at Sandown this morning, with Craig Williams jumping on board as the ...
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Tony Gollan

Gollan claims 8th straight Queensland Trainer of the Year award

The Queensland Thoroughbred Awards for the 2020/21 racing season were staged on Sunday night, with Tony Gollan claiming his eighth ...
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Gold Coast night racing plans

Gold Coast redevelopment moves to EOI phase

The scheduled redevelopment of the Gold Coast Turf Club is one step closer to commencing today, with expressions of interest ...
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Tightlign
Apprentice jockey Crystal Lindsay’s win aboard Tightlign in the Mongolian Khan 1300 at Cambridge on Wednesday made a dream come true for two generations. Lindsay’s mother Alecia Todd held aspirations of becoming a jockey herself and was on the verge of fulfilling that dream 20 years ago, however, the pull of motherhood proved stronger. “Mum was apprenticed to Gus Clutterbuck. She had one or two trial rides and then she got pregnant with me, so I am kind of fulfilling her dream now as well,” Lindsay said. “She is stoked about today’s win.” Lindsay was having just her fourth raceday ...
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Ritani
Isla Bank trainers Ian and Kerry Taplin will begin their northern assault at Awapuni on Saturday when they contest the Group 3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile (1600m) with in-form gallopers Ritani and Tappy’s One. Travelling is nothing new to the pair, having made plenty of trips to Riccarton from their southern base, and Ian Taplin said both horses have taken their latest trip in their stride. “They travelled up fine. They are horses that travel very well thankfully because they have been doing quite a bit of it,” he said. “We are in Wanganui and Rochelle Lockett is helping us ...
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El Gladiador
John and Karen Parsons got a much-needed tonic after a tough week when El Gladiador won the Martin Collins New Zealand Cup Trial (1800m) at Riccarton on Saturday. El Gladiador’s victory came after Karen Parsons required hospital treatment after a lumbar puncture, which collects fluid from the spinal area to check for diseases in the central nervous system. “She was going to the doctor and she wasn’t keeping any food down, we took her into hospital on Monday last week,” John Parsons said. “She was in for five or six days. She’s brightening up now, and the win at the ...
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Gundec wins Derby Preview
Craig Williams made it a winning treble at Flemington on Wednesday in the Derby Preview aboard Gundec, who has plunged in the betting for the Group 1 Victoria Derby ...
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Barb Raider wins Oaks Preview
After Kapalua Sunset raced to the top of the VRC Oaks market on Tuesday at Kyneton, Barb Raider has now overtaken favouritism following a two-length win in the Oaks Preview at Flemington on Wednesday ...
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Jerry Chau
Closing in on that apprenticeship-ending victory, jockey Jerry Chau heads into Wednesday’s (22 September) eight-race fixture at Happy Valley only two wins away from his 70th career success, and while graduation looms, the 21-year-old remains unperturbed about the challenges that await him as a senior jockey in Hong Kong. “I’m not feeling nervous or emotional about ending my apprenticeship, I’m just thinking of it as the next step for me and my career,” Chau said. Taking five chances at the midweek card, Chau bolstered his career-haul to 68 in Hong Kong with two wins from his first two rides last ...
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Courier Wonder
The unbeaten Courier Wonder is poised to make an eagerly awaited return to racing in next month’s Group 2 Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m) on Sunday, 17 October after pleasing trainer John Size at Sha Tin this morning (Tuesday, 21 September). Tuning up for his seasonal return with a barrier trial on the dirt under jockey Joao Moreira, the 107-rater stretched out under his own steam, crossing the line first in 1m 02.05s (1050m) ahead of Circuit Booming and Spend, respectively. “He seems alright, it looks like everything is working, I’ll know more when I go home and check him but ...
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Kapalua Sunset
The staying prowess of three-year-old filly Kapalua Sunset was on full display when she streeted her rivals at Kyneton on Tuesday over 1875m. Prepared by Danny O’Brien, the daughter of Tavistock had finished third on debut over 1512m at Geelong, but relished the additional trip on Tuesday, with successful rider Brett Prebble making it a true staying test, kicking well clear with 400m to run and scoring by a widening seven lengths. “It was a pretty easy watch. Brett gave her a nice ride, just kept her in a nice rhythm and she put them away quite easily,” stable representative ...
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Probabeel
Star Kiwi mare Probabeel is set to back-up in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Sandown on Saturday after lugging around 57kg to run fifth in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday. The daughter of Savabeel carried 5kg more than her vanquishers and trainer Jamie Richards was pleased with her performance given her hefty impost. “I thought she ran really well, I was pleased with the way she went,” Richards said. “She was going to have to break a few records in terms of the weight that she was going to have to ...
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Gospodin
Jim Pender isn’t in any hurry to take on the topliners yet with Gospodin despite a picket fence formline now stretching to five starts. A seven-week break and a step up to open handicap company didn’t prove any barrier to Gospodin in the Veterinary Associates Equine handicap (1200m) at Te Aroha on Sunday, as he comfortably beat a useful field of winter sprinters. The latest victory for the Tauranga four-year-old confirms his status as an exciting prospect, on winter tracks at least, but Pender said he won’t be chasing black type just yet. “He’s still a baby. He’s only had ...
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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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