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Melody Belle

Te Akau stars impress in Ellerslie exhibition

Less than 24 hours after producing the headline acts on Karaka Million night at Ellerslie, the Te Akau Racing team ...
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Luvaluva

Herbie Dyke assignment for Luvaluva

Expat New Zealand trainer John Sargent is hoping to strike while the iron is hot with New Zealand-bred mare Luvaluva ...
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Catalyst

Catalyst connections chipper after Mr Tiz win

Trainer Clayton Chipperfield had plenty of thoughts running through his mind shortly after the start of Saturday’s Group 3 Henley ...
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Perfect Match

Hot contest for Chinese New Year Cup

The Class 1 Chinese New Year Cup Handicap (1400m) is the traditional feature race at the Chinese New Year race ...
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Exultant

Exultant must defy hefty impost in Centenary Vase

Exultant faces a weighty task in Monday’s (27 January) Group 3 Centenary Vase Handicap (1800m) at Sha Tin as he ...
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Kiwi Ida

Southern mare takes the spoils in Westbury Classic

Outstanding southern mare Kiwi Ida showed northern racegoers a glimpse of her undoubted class when she dashed home to take ...
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Manfred Stakes Return For Super Seth
The All-Star Mile is not a priority for Super Seth who is being aimed at becoming a dual Guineas winner.The colt will kick off his campaign in the Group Three Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday on his way to the Australian Guineas.Super Seth stormed home to win the Group One Caulfield Guineas at his most recent start, chasing down Queensland gelding Alligator Blood to win in the final stride.He remains the only horse to have beaten Alligator Blood, who has won eight of his nine starts.Super Seth and Alligator Blood, and highly rated New Zealand three-year-old Catalyst, are ...
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Sandown Return For Stakes-Placed 2yo Filly
Stakes-placed Queen Of Rocks will begin her campaign at Sandown over 1200m with her performance to determine whether she is a Blue Diamond prospect.Queen Of Rocks was third on debut in the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield in October and she resumes in a no-metropolitan win race for two-year-old fillies at Sandown on Monday."She got back and ran third on debut so 1200 metres should suit," co-trainer Tom Dabernig said."We've put blinkers on her. She may be better for the run, fitness-wise, going in off one trial."Obviously this will be a bit of a decider on whether she's possibly ...
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Two Jockeys Suspended At Sunshine Coast
Jockeys Brad Stewart and Boris Thornton were the stars at the Sunshine Coast but they have both been sidelined for winning rides.Stewart made the most of some late engagements on Saturday at the expense of Ryan Maloney, who was ill, with a treble.He won on Sunny St Cloud, Grey Missile and Better Reflection.Stewart was suspended for nine days for his ride on Grey Missile when stewards found him guilty of causing interference to All Eez approaching the 900m.Thornton claimed his biggest win when he rode Scallopini to victory in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup.But he was also suspended for nine ...
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Trainer Launches Appeals After Suspension
A country Queensland trainer and his wife suspended for giving false evidence at an inquiry about the welfare of one of their horses have appealed.Burnett region-based trainer Kym Afford and his wife Sonia Afford, a licensed stablehand, were suspended for three months for telling stewards Interflora Express had been euthanised when he was actually still alive.Stewards opened an inquiry after Interflora Express was a late scratching at Kilcoy after he reared in the barriers and made heavy contact with the stalls partition on January 4.The inquiry heard the gelding fractured his right eye socket and the vet administered pain relief ...
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Restricted Hong Kong Racing To Go Ahead
One of Hong Kong's biggest race meetings will go ahead with extreme restrictions on attendance because of coronavirus.Monday's Chinese New Year meeting at Sha Tin normally attracts more than 100,000 patrons but will be limited to those with previous bookings, around 8000, as well as staff and participants.The outbreak of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus has spread from China to other parts of the world including Australia."The club has carefully reviewed arrangements for Chinese New Year Raceday, taking account of community views as well as the interests of customers and employees," the HKJC said in a statement."We are particularly aware that ...
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Melody Belle
Less than 24 hours after producing the headline acts on Karaka Million night at Ellerslie, the Te Akau Racing team were back in the thick of the action at the annual National Yearling Sales on Sunday. Although delighted with the success the stable achieved through wins by Cool Aza Beel in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) and Probabeel in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) on Saturday evening, Jamie Richards had reason to smile after established stable stars Melody Belle and Te Akau Shark galloped strongly between races. Both produced sizzling solo 1000m gallops, with Te Akau Shark leading the ...
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Winning Ways
Queensland Oaks winner Winning Ways has run her last race in Australia.Winning Ways was named Queensland Horse of the Year for last season which included her win in the Group One Oaks (2400m) in May.Trainer Garry Newham confirmed Winning Ways had been sold and sent to Europe."Whether she races in Europe or goes to stud there is up to the new owners. I got her papers ready so she could be picked up from the spelling property and then fly out last week," Newham said."That is basically all I know. She is a lovely mare and will be a success ...
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Luvaluva
Expat New Zealand trainer John Sargent is hoping to strike while the iron is hot with New Zealand-bred mare Luvaluva. The daughter of Mastercraftsman has recorded two stakes victories in her last two starts after a 20-month hiatus from the winner’s circle. Luvaluva broke her winning drought in style in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick last month before backing up to record her fifth stakes victory in the Listed January Cup (2000m) at the Sydney course. “She has finally hit form, we got her up to her preferred distance of 2000m,” Sargent said. “They were both very ...
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Catalyst
Trainer Clayton Chipperfield had plenty of thoughts running through his mind shortly after the start of Saturday’s Group 3 Henley Park Mr Tiz Trophy (1200m) although not many of them are printable. Star galloper Catalyst had ambled away from the barrier and was a conspicuous last in running on the hot speed being set up front. Chipperfield immediately began to second guess the decision that saw the son of Darci Brahma start without blinkers for the first time in his career. “I thought straight away we might have made a blue in taking the hood off,” he said. “However, when ...
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Perfect Match
The Class 1 Chinese New Year Cup Handicap (1400m) is the traditional feature race at the Chinese New Year race day (Monday 27 January at Sha Tin) and a stacked field of 14 will do battle for a share of the HK$2.8 million purse, including Perfect Match (113lb) who will be ridden by Alexis Badel. “He’s done everything fine, the horse looks in great shape, he has a light weight so hopefully this helps us but he is a good horse,” Badel said. The Danny Shum-trained gelding powered to victory last start in the Class 2 Lukfook Jewellery Cup Handicap ...
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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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